New Release: Slime-san

A quirky platformer featuring a slime who is swallowed by a worm, from Fabraz

New Release: Rise & Shine

A colorful shooter based on the world of classic video games, from Super Mega Team

New Release: River City Ransom: Underground

A classically-styled brawler that takes place 20 years after the original, from Conatus Creative

New Release: Alwa's Awakening

A metroidvania inspired by classics NES games, from Elden Pixels

New Release: Rain World

A dark and dangerous action adventure starring a slugcat, from Videocult Works

April 27, 2017

New Blip: Outbuddies

Outbuddies, from Julian Laufer, is a retro-style metroidvania. The game stars John, a marine biologist becomes shipwrecked and finds himself in a set of caverns 36,000 feet below the surface. Wounded and in search of a way back home, his only hope is a robotic companion that also acts as a life support system, and allows him to scout out the area around him. On his journey, he will discover a number of strange creatures, mysterious locales, and hostile enemies. As he gains new abilities, he is able to defeat stronger enemies, access new areas, and take down a number of huge bosses.

The game is due out for PC in Spring of 2018. A demo is available to download on the game's Kickstarter page.




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

April 25, 2017

Target Acquired: Pinstripe

Pinstripe is the latest atmospheric puzzle-platformer from Thomas Brush, developer of Coma and Skinny. The game stars Teddy, an ex-minister who must travel through Hell in search for his kidnapped daughter. Strangely, Hell is a frozen wasteland, and Teddy wanders through six themed locales with a bearded dog named George as he blasts creatures into (out of?) oblivion with his trusty shotgun. He can also interact with NPC's who help him on his journey as he works to solve environmental puzzles - and shotgun-based puzzles - and uncovers information about his pre-Hell life.

Pinstripe is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store.




April 23, 2017

Target Acquired: Slime-san

Fabraz, the developer behind Planet Diver and Cannon Crasha, returns with Slime-san, a game about a little slime who is sliming his way through the forest when he is suddenly eaten by a giant worm. Rather than allow himself to be slowly digested Sarlacc-style, the slime decides to platform his way through the worm's digestive system and escape. The entirety of the game is comprised of only five colors, with the green slime able to interact with other green objects as he avoids red ones. Challenges consist of outrunning rising stomach acid, wall-jumping up narrow passages, dodging enemy creatures, and even visiting a small town inside the worm that sells upgrades. Interspersed across hundreds of levels are boss fights against the worm's internal organs and... carnivorous genitalia?

Slime-san is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store, and is also planned for release on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Check our coverage here.



And there are a bunch of unlockable arcade games that can be played in single player or multiplayer:



April 20, 2017

New Blip: A Small Robot Story

A Small Robot Story, from BC, is a story about a small robot (in case you hadn't guessed) named Rae. The little fellow finds himself without a user and enters "sentient mode", and then sets out on a quest to learn more about his origins. Along the way, he travels through a number of themed environments, including caves, a forest, and a science lab, fighting off other robots, wild animals, and various creatures. Rae initiates dialogue with a the game's bosses to gain more information about himself and the world around him.

The game is coming to PC via Steam in Summer of 2017. A demo is available on Itch.io.




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

April 18, 2017

Target Acquired: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Developer Lizardcube has created a modern take on the Master System / TG-16 classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap. But this new game, entitled Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is far from a simple port; it's a complete redesign of the original shapeshifting action adventure with an HD facelift with a remixed soundtrack and some gorgeous animations. You play the part of Wonder Boy who has been turned into a lizard man by Meka-Dragon... but as he explores Monster Land, he discovers that more transformations await him, allowing him to eventually take on six different forms, including a lion, a hawk, a mouse, and a piranha. Each form has different abilities that allow Wonder Boy to take on enemies and access different parts of the environment. For instance, the mouse can run up walls, the lizard can spit fire, and the hawk can fly.

The game is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, and it's coming to PC in June.