Coming Soon: Pig Eat Ball

An overhead arcade actioner with a pig, tennis balls, and lots of barfing, from Mommy's Best Games

New Release: The Swords of Ditto

A Zelda-like action adventure with roguelike elements, from One Bit Beyond

New Release: Minit

An open-world action-adventure that takes place in 60-second increments, from Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio, and Dominik Johann

New Release: Streets of Red: Devil's Dare Deluxe

A neo-retro beat 'em up with rogulike elements and loads of pop culture references, from Secret Base

New Release: Light Fall

A momentum-driven platformer set in a shadowy world, from Bishop Games

May 16, 2018

Arrival Delayed: Indivisible

Action-RPG Indivisible, from Lab Zero Games (Skullgirls) has been pushed back into the first half of next year. The game is planned for release on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Switch via eShop, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

The game stars Ajna who sets out across the world to discover the origin of her powers, which allow her to absorb and summon various beings, and she is joined along the way by a number of characters who fight alongside her. In addition to Lab Zero's trademark 2D designs, the game is accompanied by a soundtrack from Hiroki Kikuta, best known for his work on Secret of Mana. The game mixes action platforming (in 3D environments) with turn-based battles and the ability to inflict damage to enemies prior to battle, Paper Mario-style. The game also features loads of crossover characters from other 2D indie games, including the lead characters from Shovel Knight, Hyper Light Drifter, Curses 'n Chaos, and Guacamelee, as well as the skateboarding 80's dinosaur from Super Time Force, and Shantae from WayForward's Shantae series.

May 13, 2018

Target Acquired: The Swords of Ditto

The Swords of Ditto, from One Bit Beyond, tells the tale of a young hero who is destined to fight an ancient evil that awakens every 100 years. She pulls forth the sacred Sword of Ditto from the grave of the former champion, walks directly to Mormo's palace, and is unceremoniously murdered on the spot. So, another 100 years pass, only now with the world plunged into darkness, and then another hero rises to take on her role... and the player has only a few days to level up and face Mormo again, and if he fails, the world will suffer further until a new hero is born. In this roguelike structure, the player's stats and money roll over, giving him a better chance at making more progress as he goes, and completing dungeons allows him to unlock better weapons and weaken Mormo. Gameplay takes place from an overhead perspective with the player hacking and slashing at enemies, and toys act as secondary weapons, allowing for ranged attacks. These toys allow the player to shoot arrows, fire off lasers, or even toss vinyl records... and they can be further enhanced with elemental traits. In addition, players may find or purchase stickers that act as passive buffs, offering a better shot at besting Mormo in combat and saving the world.

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

May 9, 2018

Target Acquired: Raging Justice

Raging Justice, from MakinGames, is a sidescrolling beat 'em up made up of high-gloss prerendered claymation-style sprites that look like they fell out of Donkey Kong Country (and hey, one of the devs used to work at Rare, so maybe they did!). The game features traditional brawler fare with a pair of rogue cops - with the totally plausible 80's-style names of Rick Justice and Nikki Rage - take to the streets to whip some thug ass and take down a crime lord... and you can even choose whether you want to arrest the criminals or just beat them into a pulp. Players can go it alone or team up with a real life friend for online 2P co-op. You'll be beating up mofos with your bare hands, running them over with tractors, bashing their teeth in with baseball bats, and even letting off the occasional inappropriate shotgun blast.

The game is now available on PC and Mac via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 via PSN, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

May 8, 2018

New Blip: Black Future '88

Welcome to 1988... the future! Black Future '88, from Don Bellenger, finds you in an alternate cyberpunk 1988 that is filled with all the lasers and fog machines you remember, but also hovering machine gun sentry bots bent on your destruction. In this dystopian roguelike, you must climb a tower that is constantly reconfiguring itself to become more difficult, and your mission is to make it to the top and kill the owner. Action is fast paced with running, double jumping, air dashes, and near-nonstop laser and machine gun blasting across six zones, and you can even team up with a partner for 2P co-op action.

The game is coming to PC via Steam later this year.

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

May 6, 2018

Target Acquired: Light Fall

Light Fall, from Bishop Games, is a platformer starring Nox, the shadow trixter, and his companion, an elderly owl named Stryx, who must venture out across a land that has been overrun by a mysterious evil force. Nox has a tool at his disposal called the Shadow Core, which allows him to manifest floating boxes in midair. Using these boxes, he can run and dash across gaps, creating platforms beneath his feet as he goes. Throughout his adventure, he learns new uses for the Shadow Core, allowing him to attack enemies, activate machinery, reach greater heights, and uncover numerous hidden areas. The game focuses on retaining momentum - although most of it can be played at any pace - and there are numerous shortcuts for speedrunners, along with leaderboards to show off your best times.

The game is now available for PC and Mac via Steam and Switch via eShop, and is also planned for release on PS4 and Xbox One. Check our coverage here.