New Release: Akumanor Escape DX

A Game Boy Color-style platformer inspired by classic gothic horror titles, from Michirin

New Release: Shovel Knight: King of Cards

An expansion to Shovel Knight starring the Quixote-esque King Knight, from Yacht Club Games

New Release: Sparklite

A lighthearted roguelike action-adventure set in a vibrant world, from Red Blue Games

New Release: Armortale

An armor-swapping platformer heavily inspired by Little Samson, from RPG2 Heaven

New Release: Backspace Bouken

A humorous first-person dungeon crawler where you defeat enemies by typing, from RNG Party Games

January 28, 2020

Early Arrival: Dark Raider

Dark Raider, from the curiously-named Unreal Dark Stud (game tweets), is a hack-and-slash actioner set within procedurally generated dungeons. It is the time of the apocalypse and mankind must now face its vengeful gods, except each group of people has its own religion and its own gods... and they're all attacking at once. Still, hope remains in the form of monster-filled dungeons. For each dungeon that is overcome, humanity will be granted one additional day of life, and perhaps even earn its redemption altogether. The game features three playable characters - a warrior, a mage, and a barbarian - each with his or her own unique moveset. The warrior attacks quickly with a sword, the mage uses projectiles and up-close magic blasts, and the barbarian uses a slow but powerful hammer, and he can absorb more damage. Characters can perform combos, dash, and counterattack, and they can each be upgraded unlock new abilities and more powerful attacks.

The game is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access.

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

January 21, 2020

Proximity Alert: Kunai

Kunai, from TurtleBlaze, is a ninja-based metroidvania starring a character that's sure to get the game featured on Tiny Cartridge. You play as a robot ninja (inhabited by the soul of an ancient warrior, as these things happen) on a quest to destroy an artificial intelligence that has brought humanity to the brink of destruction. Action remains fast and furious as you slice up bad robots - and meet good ones - across cities, deserts, and airships. As you play, you unlock new weapons and abilities, including a katana that lets you kill enemies, slice bullets out of the air, and deflect missiles, along with a kunai-driven grappling hook that lets you swing around and cling to the ceiling, and twin Uzis that let you mow down rampaging androids and other no-good machines.

The game is coming to PC and Switch on February 6.

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

January 20, 2020

Target Acquired: Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Yacht Club Games released Shovel Knight to much acclaim in 2014, and since that time, the studio has continued to put out expansions offering new playable characters and additional game modes... to the point where the already-substantial original game is just a small part of the whole package, now collected into Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The latest expansion, King of Cards, stars King Knight on a quest to become the king... of Joustus, a popular new card game that has taken the land by storm. Players may opt to engage in card playing, or forego this altogether to focus on the action, battling baddies and bosses across a huge number of bite-sized levels. King Knight uses a shoulder bash to strike enemies, which causes him to pop into the air and do a pirouette, which can be used to attack enemies, break blocks, and reach new areas, and he also earns supplemental special abilities by completing challenge levels.

The game is now available as a standalone download on some platforms, or as part of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, PS4 via PSN, PS3 via PSN, Vita via PSN, Switch via eShop, 3DS via eShop, Wii U via eShop, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

Check our coverage of King of Cards here. Check our coverage of Shovel Knight Treasure Trove here.

January 16, 2020

New Blip: Rune Fencer Illyia

Rune Fencer Illyia, from Nootbox Games, is an action-platformer starring the titular redheaded heroine as she traverses a lovely yet treacherous landscape packed with enemies, and the occasional friend. She had been travelling on an airship with her sister, Lilly, but the airship crashed and her sister is missing. As the title suggests, Illyia deals with her foes through swordplay, and as a "runist", she is also able to make use of runic magic to add to her offensive repertoire. Her powers also assist her in environmental exploration, as she is able to stop time, bash through solid objects, and even run across the ceiling. The game offers an open world to explore, and secret areas to discover, along with numerous enemy types and huge bosses.

The game is coming to PC later this year.

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

January 14, 2020

Proximity Alert: Biomass

Biomass, from finalscenedev, is an action RPG set in a world where the last remnants of humanity reside within a trio of towers that jut up from endlessly-flowing floodwaters, and a lighthouse standing over it all. You are able to explore the sinking city and encounter the various factions of folk who live in the towers, choosing to align with them, fight against them, or remain a lone wolf... You take on human enemies and biomechanical monstrosities using your choice of beam sabers or guns, and you acquire items and equipment that affect your stats, or enable new abilities such as stealth movement. And yes, your beam sabers can slice bullets out of the sky, as they should.

The game is coming to PC on February 25. A demo is available on Itch.

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