New Release: Silver Grapple

A hardcore grapple-based actioner, from Jamie Rollo

New Release: Nidhogg II

A fast-paced melee combat game set in a grotesque world, from Meshoff Bitner

New Release: Songbringer

A Zelda-inspired procedural sci-fi action adventure, from Wizard Fu

New Release: Phantom Trigger

Fast-paced combat across a neon world, from Bread Team

New Release: The Royal Cosmonautical Society

A gravity-based spaceship game with its own take on the genre, from Chromosphere Games

October 17, 2017

Target Acquired: Songbringer

Songbringer is a sci-fi action-RPG from Wizard Fu Games, which offers a procedurally-generated overworld and ten dungeons packed with chunky pixel art and heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda. The game may be played alone or with a friend in 2P co-op, as players explore the landscape in search of more powerful items and weaponry, as well as abilities that allow them to reach new areas. Players gain access to melee and projectile-based weapons as they take on varied foes, enemy swarms, and huge bosses. Dungeons require the player to solve puzzles to see his way through, with some even removing the player's sword until the dungeon is completed.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Humble Bundle, and GOG, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and PS4 via PSN. Check our coverage here.

October 11, 2017

News: All 4 Episodes of Tiny Barbarian DX Now Available

The first episode of Tiny Barbarian DX, from StarQuail Games, was first released in 2013, followed by the second episode in 2014, but fans of the miniscule Conan-inspired warrior have had to wait a long time for the final two episodes, which have just been released. If you already bought the game on Steam, these episodes are available as a free update. Coinciding with this update is the just-released Switch version of the game, which may be downloaded via the eShop, or purchased in physical form. The physical version also includes an instruction manual, keychain, and pouch (pictured below).

For a full rundown of the first two episodes, check our coverage here, which we will update with the third and fourth episodes once we finish them.

October 8, 2017

Target Acquired: Nidhogg II

Nidhogg II, from developer Messhof, is a sequel to the indie hit Nidhogg. Gameplay will be very familiar to those who enjoyed the original, but the art style has changed drastically, with stick figures and simple backgrounds replaced by the grotesque (and occasionally bright and cheerful) art of Toby Dixon. In addition, characters are now customizable, and there are more levels and several new weapons. Instead of just fencing foils, players will find themselves wielding broadswords, daggers, and even bows and arrows, each of which requires different tactics. The game is just as fast as ever, with quick deaths, the ability to toss weapons, disarm foes, and engage in hand-to-hand combat, and huge sprays of blood when an enemy is defeated... only to respawn moments later. Fight your way to victory and demonstrate your worthiness of being devoured by the legendary Nidhogg. Or, set up an 8P tournament to do the same in an environment that allows the proper amount of yawping and cursing.

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

October 5, 2017

New Blip: Blazing Chrome

Joymasher, the studio behind Oniken (our 2012 Game of the Year) and Odallus: The Dark Call, returns with Blazing Chrome, a run-and-gun inspired by the likes of Contra and Metal Slug. The game can be played alone or with a friend in 2P co-op, with players selecting between a human member of the resistance named Mavra, or a rebel robot named Doyle in the apocalyptic world of 21XX. Players use machine guns, rocket launchers, and lasers to blast grotesque alien and robot creatures with a style very reminiscent of Contra III: The Alien Wars, with its dark cityscapes and barren deserts, angled platforms, the ability to hang and shoot simultaneously, and of course, its stylish detailed bosses.

The game is headed to PC but does not yet have an announced release date.

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

October 2, 2017

Target Acquired: Heat Signature

Tom Francis, the developer behind the excellently crazy spy/electrician game Gunpoint, is back with a brand new adventure, this time focusing on infiltrating ships in space with a focus on sneaking up on them by keeping your heat level low… thus the Heat Signature title. As you hurtle through space, you encounter ships, each of which has a radius of sensors looking for heat signatures. By lining up a solid thrust outside of this radius, and minor tweaks within it, you can slide past their sensors unseen and dock with the ship. From there, the game goes on-foot in a top-down perspective, as you infiltrate the ship and attempt to make your way unseen by patrolling guards… or at least unheard as you come up from behind and knock them unconscious. Different objectives include disabling ships and their weapons, killing a specific target, stealing technology, or even taking control of an entire ship.

The game is now on PC via Steam and Humble Store.