New Release: The Vagrant

An action-RPG heavily inspired by the works of Vanillaware, from O.T.K Games

New Release: Flat Heroes

A technical platformer set in a minimalist world for 1-4 players, from Parallel Cirlces

New Release: La-Mulana 2

A puzzle-focused nonlinear action-adventure, from Nigoro

New Release: CometStriker

A planet-hopping arcade actioner, from Iced Lizard Games

New Release: Rifter

An aerobatic grapple-based actioner set in a neon synthwave world, from IMakeGames

August 12, 2018

Target Acquired: La-Mulana 2

Developer Nigoro returns with a sequel to La-Mulana. This game picks up many years after the events of the first, and focuses on the original protagonist’s daughter, Lemeza Kosugi. Fortunately, she seems to be has handy with a whip as her father before her. Rather than adventuring through Egyptian tombs and catacombs, Kosugi takes to Norse-themed locales, although the look and feel is very much in line with the (enhanced) original. Once again, players will need to pay close attention to small details in the environment and hints that direct them toward puzzle solutions if they hope to make any kind of progress.

The game is now available for PC and Mac via Steam, Playism, Humble Store, and GOG. Check our coverage here.

August 7, 2018

Target Acquired: Dead Cells

Dead Cells, from Motion Twin, is a roguelike action-adventure inspired by the Castlevania series. Per genre conventions, the game features procedural generation and no checkpoints, so death returns you to the start of the game. However, it also features the open design of modern-day metroidvania titles, allowing multiple routes through the environment, along with a Souls-esque dodge roll. Gameplay takes place in and around a huge castle, with players facing off against various creatures and humanoid enemies - and their elite variants - plus some tougher boss encounters. Players make use of a variety of melee weapons, including spears, swords, and whips, as well as magic and projectile-based attacks.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop.

August 5, 2018

Target Acquired: Flat Heroes

Flat Heroes, from Parallel Circles, is a technical platformer set in a minimalist world. Players are tasked with completing more than 100 levels of increasing difficulty in the main campaign, which may be enjoyed by up to four players in drop-in drop-out local co-op, along with a number of survival and versus modes. Players have a limited moveset that he must use in increasingly complex ways as he dodges walls of projectiles, smashes though enemies, outmaneuvers heat-seeking missiles, and takes on challenging bosses.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and Switch via the eShop. Check our coverage here.

July 31, 2018

Target Acquired: Chasm

Bit Kid, formerly Discord Games, the developers behind Xbox Live Indie Games titles Take Arms and 48 Chambers, returns with an action-RPG that mixes roguelike and Metroidvania elements. Chasm focuses on exploration through a procedurally generated cave system as you fight your way through enemies and bosses, grab loot, hunt for secrets, and hopefully return home alive. Players are able to equip weapons and spells, along with armor and passive buffs, as they fight enemies to gain experience points and level up, similar to the neo-Castlevania titles. As is typical of rogelikes, the dangers increase as you descend further into the depths of the mine, but you may return to the surface to do things like purchase weapon upgrades from the local blacksmith before heading back into the fray.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store, and PS4 and Vita via PSN.

July 29, 2018

Target Acquired: The Vagrant

The Vagrant, from O.T.K Games, is an action-RPG set a in a beautiful fantasy world and inspired by the works of Vanillaware. The game stars a travelling "sellsword" named Vivian (The Vagrant) who hopes to find her family and learn the truth her dark origins. In doing so, she must hack and slash her way through dozens of unique enemies across the land of Mythrilia, passing through the houses of a seaside town, and into mountainous landscapes, dense jungles, ravaged fortresses, and barren landscapes. Players will find numerous weapons and pieces of armor that can be upgraded independently, learn recipes to cook healing and buff items, and upgrade Vivian's skills along a robust skill tree.

The game is now available on PC via Steam. Check our coverage here.