New Release: Iconoclasts

A metroidvania set in a colorful world, from Konjak

New Release: Super Skelemania

Another charming skeleton-based metroidvania, from Benal

New Release: Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue

A platformer adventure starring fan-favorite MegaTen demons Jack Frost and Pyro Jack, from Ladybug

New Release: Ersatz

A rhythm-based platformer with an electronic soundtrack, from Paris Stalker

New Release: Heads Run

A greenscale speedrunner with lots of traps and the occasional terrifying monster, from kass-stwa

February 7, 2018

Target Acquired: Dandara

Dandara, from Long Hat House, is a metroidvania with a unique take on player movement. You take on the role of the titular Dandara, a woman trying to save the citizens of Salt, a world on the brink of collapse. Dandara is able to leap between any surface, sticking to walls, ceilings, and even rotating platforms as she dashes from one location to the next, offering a different take on environmental traversal and combat as she avoids enemy fire by dashing up to the ceiling and unleashing an attack of her own. Players will also solve environmental puzzles and earn new abilities that allow them to reach previously inaccessible areas.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store, Switch via eShop, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, iOS via App Store, and Android via Google Play. Check the trailer below to see more of Dandara's high-flyin' shenanigans:

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

February 5, 2018

Target Acquired: Remnants of Naezith

We've said it before, and we'll say it again... there just aren't enough grappling hook games out there. Fortunately, Tolga Ay is here to help with Remnants of Naezith, a high-speed precision grappler that makes Radd Spencer look like Nathan Spencer. One day, a treasure-hunting adventurer named Kayra is grappling his way though some caves and finds himself possessed by Naezith the Thunder Dragon. As it turns out, Naezith needs the Kayra's skills to escape the cave, promising him great treasure in return. In the bargain, the adventurer finds that claws have been permanently attached to his hands, allowing him to fire them off and create a grapple beam. Players must swing their way past spinning saw blades, burning lasers, and pools of water while maintaining momentum, with gameplay inspired by Super Meat Boy and Dustforce. In addition, player have the ability to air dash, wall slide, wall jump, and double jump in order to make their way through the extensive array of caves.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

January 30, 2018

New Blip: Super Meat Boy Forever

Super Meat Boy Forever, from Team Meat, is a sequel to Super Meat Boy, and once again features Meat Boy and Bandage Girl... only this time, they have a child named Nugget, and Nugget has been kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. So, the duo splat into action and try to rescue their sweet baby. This time around, instead of venturing through pre-made levels, the game world regenerates itself dynamically into harder and harder versions of itself, but built out of pre-made chunks to avoid sending the player into a hell of random objects. Also, instead of just being able to jump, Meat Boy and Bandage Girl can now punch their enemies in the face, and perform a jump attack, dive, and slide to deal with enemies and navigate quickly around saw blades and other obstacles.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android in 2018. There ain't much gameplay in the trailer, but never fear, you'll surely be getting more meat before the game is released:

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

January 26, 2018

Target Acquired: Iconoclasts

Iconoclasts is a colorful action adventure title from Konjak, starring a girl named Robin who is a mechanic in a world where her particular craft is considered to be illegal. As is typical of this developer, the game is set in a beautifully crafted world filled with gorgeous sprites, detailed animations, and loads of character and humor. More than just an aesthetically appealing title, the mechanics are solid as well, with precision platforming, varied gameplay, and a compelling metroidvania structure.

Beneath the beautiful and colorful world, dark forces are at work, and it is up to Robin to set things right by upsetting the status quo and upending the power structure of the oppressors who have made such activities as excavation, mapping, and mechanics illegal. Unsponsored archaeology, cartography, or mechanical work are considered to be sins against the gods, and are punishable by death. According to the imposed law and religion of the land, holy agents of the gods are meant to control the world and ensure that it remains unaltered by earthly hands, which includes strict provisions surrounding the use of a rare fuel source known as ivory. And if that’s not enough, the moon is slowly breaking apart and pieces are falling to earth.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and GOG, as well as PS4 and Vita via PSN. Check our coverage here.

January 24, 2018

News: Super Meat Boy Has 2P Splitscreen on Switch

Meat Boy has been meating his way around the world since 2010 and has continued to remain relevant among fans of precision platformers, going so far as to inspire numerous entries in the subgenre. Super Meat Boy, from Team Meat, has been released on numerous platforms since its debut, and in 2018, the game landed with a bloody splat on the Nintendo Switch, offering all of the meaty goodness of the original game – minus the original soundtrack, as in the PS4 version – while also adding a 2P Race Mode.

Race Mode pits two players against each other in a split screen race through chapters in the light or dark worlds, or a mixture of both. Players can play through individual chapters, a randomized selection of levels, or the entire game in this 2P splitscreen mode, giving players hundreds levels of insanity in which to best their bestie… or die trying. Multi-level races allow one player to move onto the next level independently of the other, and a meter at the top of the screen shows where each player is in relation to the end goal. Since most levels are designed to be completed in under a minute, this lends itself to short bursts of play, and the game’s instant deaths, high speed, and precise movements mean that any race can be lost in the blink of an eye by a poorly-timed jump.

In case this is somehow your very first time ever hearing about Super Meat Boy, check out our full coverage here.