New Release: A Hole New World

A dark actioner where players move between the overworld and underworld, from Mad Gear Games

New Release: WitchWay

A witchy puzzle platformer, from Andrew Gleeson, Henri Rochefort, Niilo Takalainen, and Nathan Antony

New Release: Dragon Bros

A run and gun actioner featuring dragons fighting robots, from Space Lizard Studio

New Release: Strikey Sisters

A fantasy-themed brick breaker inspired by Firestriker (SNES), from DYA Games

New Release: Plasma Puncher

A single-plane brawler on the back of a giant germ, from Tomatotrap

June 22, 2017

New Blip: Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, from Team Saber Rider, is based on a short-lived anime television series from the late 80's, and the visuals hold to that 80's anime style. If you want to get caught up on what all of that means, get ye to YouTube and check out an episode or two. The game features the series' four main heroes as playable characters, along with their vehicles, and a transforming spaceship that turns into the Cowboy Mech Ramrod. Players fight across 12 levels that mix on-foot run and gun action with vehicle-based horizontal shmup sequences.

The game is headed to PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam this summer, and is also planned for release on 3DS and Dreamcast... because apparently we're just going to be making games for the Dreamcast for all time and it will outlive us all. There's even a Dreamcast 2-disc limited edition. A single-level demo is available on the developer's website, and the demo even runs on Dreamcast!

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

June 20, 2017

New Blip: Rifter

IMakeGames, the developer behind Nubs' Adventure, returns with something that has a significantly faster pace. Rifter combines the blazing speed of infinite runners with the angled surfaces of Dustforce and the grappling of Bionic Commando to create breakneck momentum-based gameplay. Players run across flat surfaces, dash down slopes, grapple around corners, smash through obstacles, and bash enemies while staying on the move and attempting to reach the goal as quickly as possible... but it's not all just environmental challenges; the player also faces huge boss creatures that require him to target weak points and reel in to crush them.

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

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

June 18, 2017

Target Acquired: Strikey Sisters

DYA Games, the developers behind the Wild Guns-inspired Bot Vice, have returned with Strikey Sisters, a fantasy-themed brick breaking game along inspired by Firestriker on the SNES. Players will immediately recognize a similar presentation between the developer's two most recent games, with both offering a wide playfield, colorful enemies, art done in a 16-bit style heavily influenced by classic Capcom games. In Strikey Sisters, you take on the role of a witch - or two in 2P co-op - as you hunt for your kidnapped pet across dozens of levels. Along the way, you fight your way through brick-laden environments, smashing enemies and defeating each of the villain's minions in boss battles. In addition to bouncing a magical orb around the arena, you can also unlock a number of spells and powerups, allowing you to smash through blocks with an iron ball, unleash lightning strikes, toss bombs, or even blast entire rows of bricks and enemies with dark magic.

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

June 15, 2017

New Blip: Blasphemous

Blasphemous is a game from The Game Kitchen, developers of The Last Door. While The Last Door was a low-rez point and click adventure series, Blasphemous is a gritty and bloody 2D action-adventure with fast-paced action and detailed visuals. The game offers nonlinear exploration through a dark world as you take on the role of The Penitent One, an armor-clad warrior with a pointed thorned helmet who roams the land destroying evil... of which there is plenty, as most of the world's citizens have been transformed into hideous creatures due to their blasphemies. Players will equip items to enhance their abilities as they fight their way through grotesque undead creatures, self-abusing whip wielders, corrupt clergy, and numerous indescribable monstrosities, along with several large bosses.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, in winter of 2019.

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

June 13, 2017

Early Arrival: Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru

As it says on the tin, Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru, from Ametist Studio, is a game about a pixellated ninja. However, unlike most other 2D video game ninjas - like Shinobi, for instance - this game has a focus on stealth, allowing the ninja to hide in tall grass and get the drop on his enemies, hide in the shadows, and creep up from behind to slit the throats of guards... or just go old school slashy-slashy on everyone's face with his katana and shuriken. The ninja can climb walls, make use of a variety of ninja weapons, and craft helpful items like explosives or a vial of poison, and he can train to learn new arts along a sizable skill tree.

Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru is now available for PC via Steam Early Access.

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