New Release: Pig Eat Ball

A puzzlish actioner with pigs eating and barfing tennis balls on a space station, from Mommy's Best Games

New Release: Akane

A brutal and bloody melee-based arena actioner, from Ludic Studios

Upcoming Release: Log Jammers

A modern take on Windjammers, a mid-90's alternative sports game, from Mega Cat Studios

New Release: To Leave

A flying door, a drug-induced fantasy world, and a story of mental illness, from Freaky Creations

New Release: Jolt: Fully Charged

A colorful platformer inspired by 16-bit classics, from Darkera Studios

October 21, 2018

Target Acquired: Jolt: Fully Charged

Jolt: Fully Charged, from Darkera Studios, is a colorful platformer inspired by 16-bit classics, particularly the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game stars Jolt, a robot capable of dashing along the ground and through the air, along with his companion, Cycle, a robot that can perform multiple midair jumps and dashes. The duo are off to face the evil Professor Ohm, who is constructing a weapon capable of wiping out all organic life. Along the way, Jolt finds shields that grant him special powers, like the ability to draw in gems from a distance (which also restore health and grant 1UPs), and the ability to fire off sparks when dashing, causing damage to enemies below him. When Jolt is killed, Cycle takes over, using her aerial acrobatics to dodge obstacles and attack enemies, on her way to the next checkpoint that allows her to rebuild Jolt and bring him back into play. The game offers a lot of content, with 20 levels in the main campaign - each with its own boss encounter - and several unlockables for players who can make it to the end.

The game is now available for PC via Itch.io as a pay-what-you-want title, along with an illustrated PDF manual, as well as a playable demo. Check our coverage here.




October 18, 2018

New Blip: Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch

Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch is the latest effort from Interabang Entertainment, the developers behind Super Comboman, a beat 'em up that was, uh... not very good. If you aren't already familiar with the works of Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse, then you're likely not going to understand the appeal of a Jay and Silent Bob video game. The game stars Bob, a generally silent overweight fellow in a black overcoat, along with his foul-mouthed stoner friend Jay in a beat 'em up with loads of references to their film and television outings, along with numerous comic book references. The drug dealing duo suddenly find that they have no customers and head over to the new gigantic mega mall (hints of Leonardo Leonardo?) to put a stop to it. Players can tag team between characters (natch) or double team in co-op and use insults to take on bosses.

The game is planned for PC, PS4, and Xbox One and will release sometime around the debut of Kevin's next film, Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot in 2019, in which Kevin will likely have to wear a fat suit to play his own character on account of losing a bunch of weight after very nearly succumbing to the grip of death, and subsequently turning to a life of healthy living with a cleaner diet and better weed. Here's Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes to tell you more about the game:




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

October 16, 2018

New Blip: Shattered Realms

Free Lives, the developer behind Broforce and Genital Jousting, has teamed up with Kopskop Games to bring you Shattered Realms, a beat 'em up that uses 1:1 fighting game mechanics (unrelated to the fantasy novel series of the same name). Instead of just mashing the PUNCH button until the bad guys fall down, players use advanced combo systems, cancelling techniques, and recovery moves for a more technical experience. Of course, enemy characters and bosses are more intelligent as well and won't fall for your old button mashing brawler tactics. Players have separate buttons for punching, kicking, dashing, and special attacks, and they can build up an EX gauge to unleash powerful moves. Players have access to a dozen ground-based moves and another dozen midair moves, some of which can be combined with EX or super attacks for devastating results. The game supports up to 4P co-op and includes a versus mode.

The game is planned for PC and possibly other platforms, but does not have an announced release date. A demo is available on Itch.io.




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

October 14, 2018

Target Acquired: To Leave

To Leave, from Freaky Creations, is a game that takes place in a psychedelic fantasy world with a guy clinging to a flying door as it makes its way through strange environments. It is also a game about mental illness. The lead character is named Harm, a manic-depressive young man whose girlfriend recently committed suicide. Harm spends much of his time writing in his journal, in which he details "The Plan" that will eventually result in his death, along with that of many others. But he can only write for so long before the nausea overtakes him, and he has been saving up his drugs - prescribed and otherwise - to enter another world through a glowing blue door in his room. In this world, he flies around dodging obstacles and collecting souls, while dealing with metaphorical representations of elements from his life. At the end of each level, he allows a Harvesting Temple to draw the collected souls from his body, leaving him a spent husk as he passes through the magical door and returns to his dilapidated room where collapses onto a mattress on the floor.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and PS4 via PSN, and it is also planned for release on Vita. Check our coverage here.




October 7, 2018

Proximity Alert: Log Jammers

Log Jammers, from Mega Cat Studios, is a modern retro take on the alternative sports game Windjammers, which came to arcades and the Neo Geo in the mid-90's... and as such, was filled with musclebound beach people bursting with 90's 'tude. Log Jammers (no relation to the Lebowski-verse's Logjammin') eschews the 'tude in favor of wacky over-the-top character designs, featuring an equal mix of human and nonhuman characters in a world filled with logging and political corruption. Instead of running around an arena, opponents are logrollers, running and spinning their logs along the water (or lava, or mayonnaise) as they toss hatchets back and forth at one another. Players can toss the hatchet in a straight line or bounce it off the edges of the arena, and the goal has a 2-point center and 5-point edges, offering additional strategy and keeping the pace up, as either player can make a comeback in 11-point matches.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One in February of 2019. Check our coverage here.