New Release: Desert Child

An anime-inspired hoverbike racer, from Oscar Brittain

New Release: The Messenger

A ninja actioner meets metroidvania in 8- and 16-bit worlds, from Sabotage Studio

New Release: Ravva and the Cyclops Curse

A platformer where you summon and control 4 creatures with unique abilities, from Galope

New Release: Speed Brawl

A manic brawler versus insects from the moon in an alternate 1888 London, from Double Stallion Games

New Release: Battle Princess Madelyn

An actioner inspired by Ghosts 'n Goblins, from Causal Bit Games

January 20, 2019

Target Acquired: Ravva and the Cyclops Curse

Developer Galope took a break from working on Meawja to release a short and charming sidescrolling platformer called Ravva and the Cyclops Curse. The game stars a little owl girl named Ravva whose mother, a summoner, was defeated and turned to stone by the evil Cyclops Lord, Now the owl girl summons creatures of her own to defeat the villain and restore her mother's essence. Ravva is able to control four creatures, each with different abilities, allowing her to freeze enemies and objects, launch projectiles into the air, drop explosives, and find secret items like 1UPs, more powerful projectiles, a limited use shield, or caches of coins. The game can be beaten in a couple of hours, but there are a few secrets to be found, and players can make a dedicated score run.

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

January 17, 2019

Target Acquired: Feudal Alloy

Attu Games, the developer behind Toby: The Secret Mine, returns with Feudal Alloy, a game starring a robot controlled by a fish. The robot smashes his way through a hand-drawn medieval landscape with his trusty sword, destroying mechanical creatures, fighting bosses, and interacting with robot NPC's that allow him to choose his path forward. The game features a robust upgrade tree and dozens of pieces of equipment to increase your damage output, defense, and movement abilities.

The game is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, as well as Switch via eShop. The game is also planned for PS4 and Xbox One.

January 15, 2019

New Blip: Pepper Grinder

Pepper Grinder is a game about a girl and her drill... which you don't get a lot of in video games. Basically, we have Anna Hottenmeyer in the Mr. Driller series and Jill Dozer in Drill Dozer... but developer Ahr Ech is changing all that. Pepper Grinder stars a girl named Pepper and her drill named Grinder, as she sets out across a fantasy world filled with drillable and non-drillable materials. When drilling through the ground, Pepper moves quickly, and the player can steer her around to avoid obstacles, eject Pepper from the ground to fling her into the air, and even drill up under shelled enemies that are invincible from above. Things get crazier when the grappling hook is introduced, which allows Pepper to shoot out of the ground, swing quickly around a grapple point, and go flying over obstacles and ramming herself back into the dirt at high speeds. The drill can also be used to manipulate machinations that affect the environment, such as turning wheels to open the path forward, or launching Pepper high into the air to reach distant areas.

The game is coming to PC, but does not yet have an announced release date.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our Master List.

January 10, 2019

New Blip: Gravity Circuit

Do you like gravity? Do you like circuits? Then you might like Gravity Circuit, from Domesticated Ants. OK, so the game definitely has gravity, and you fight robots, so there's definitely circuits, but really it's a game about smashing your way through the robotic Virus Army to prevent them from taking over the world. You take on the role of Kai who smashes bots with his fists, dive bombs them, boots around projectiles, knocks robots into each other, and uses a grappling hook to move quickly from enemy to enemy. The game features 12 stages of 1P action where the player unlocks new abilities as he rescues civilians, along with special challenge levels, time trials, and a level editor.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux later this year.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our Master List.

January 8, 2019

New Blip: Gato Roboto

Proving once again that anything can happen in indie game development, we have somehow seen a resurgence in super lo-fi and 1-bit action games, with titles like Downwell and Minit standing as some of the finest examples, both of which were published by Devolver Digital... and Devolver is publishing Gato Roboto as well. Gato Roboto, from Doinksoft, features an adorable kitty in a metroidvania adventure. The kitty is on a spaceship and steps on the pilot's keyboard (as kitties do), leading to a crash landing on an alien world, where the kitty hops out and get to platforming. The game takes place in a black and white world inspired by classic Metroid games, with obvious nods offered in its environmental tilesets and bulbous doorways... but the cat is pretty fast compared to Samus Aran. Pretty soon, the cat finds a mech suit and hops inside, using its powers to take down enemies with blaster shots and missiles, destroy bosses, and rocket jump... and the cat can even eject from the suit to run around, swim(!), and climb walls to reach new areas.

The game is coming to PC and Switch later this year.

To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our Master List.