New Release: Akane

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

New Release: Flat Heroes

A technical platformer set in a minimalist world for 1-4 players, from Parallel Cirlces

New Release: La-Mulana 2

A puzzle-focused nonlinear action-adventure, from Nigoro

New Release: Defenders of Ekron: Definitive Edition

A mech-based shmup crossed with an action-adventure, from In Vitro Games

New Release: Dead Cells

An roguelike actioner with metroidvania elements, from Motion Twin

September 20, 2018

Target Acquired: CrossCode

CrossCode, from developer Radical Fish Games, in an action-RPG inspired by 16-bit classics like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, except that is a science fiction game set in the future. The game's protagonist, Lea, finds herself trapped in an MMO called CrossWorlds where she must fight enemies, level up to increase her stats and gain new abilities, and solve environmental puzzles. While the game is inspired by 16-bit titles, the pace of the action is decidedly more fast-paced than anything that was being presented on the consoles of the day, with Lea furiously tossing projectiles, spinning and dashing through enemies, and taking on large fast-moving boss creatures.

CrossCode originally entered Early Access in 2015, and the full version was released today for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

September 18, 2018

New Blip: HALT

HALT, from Vaaasm is a wacky run-and-gun actioner starring a group of law enforcement officers managed by a private company. You take on the roles of officers Chris Tracy and Turner Chase who are investigating the members of a criminal organization known as "The Human". The duo blast their way through an eclectic array of baddies in the form of skeleton robots, turtles, mutant bees, and even a flying squid submarine. Players have access to a variety of weapons and ammo, and dozens of upgrades, allowing them to modify their weapons for heavy fire, bouncing bullets, freeze bullets, explosives, and biological weapons... or just drop a couple of turrets into the level and spray everything with a barrage of hot lead.

The game is coming to PC and Mac 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.

September 16, 2018

Target Acquired: Akane

Akane, from Ludic Studios, (not to be confused with Akane the Kunoichi) is an arena combat game with a focus on melee attacks. The game stars Akane, a skilled warrior who faces off against hundreds of yakuza in the rainy streets of Mega Tokyo in the year 2121. Most of Akane's enemies die in a single hit, but so does she, and getting killed returns the player to the start of the game to try again... although it's possible to unlock new items and equipment to gain an edge in battle. Most of the yakuza just run straight at you and are easily dismembered, but some tougher foes take multiple hits to kill, and others can fire projectiles. After every 100 kills, Akane faces off against her nemesis in a tough battle before returning to the fray once again.

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

September 11, 2018

New Blip: Raygun Gadabout

In Raygun Gadabout, from Quantum Duck Studio, you take on the role of the titular character on her mission to defeat the evildoers of the Space Gopher Empire. The game is a swashbuckling metroidvania adventure visualized in a 1950's sci-fi style reminiscent of Buck Rogers. Players hop aboard their spacecraft and set out across the galaxy in search of adventure, discovering spatial anomalies, derelict spacecraft, and friendly NPC's along the way. On foot, our pink-haired heroine uses her ray gun, plasma blade, and reflector shield to fight evil robots, take down hostile alien creatures, and do battle with menacing bosses.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux but does not have an announced release date.

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

September 6, 2018

Proximity Alert: Pig Eat Ball

Mommy’s Best Games has announced the official release date for Pig Eat Ball on PC, Mac, and Linux. The game will be coming to Steam and on September 27, just a few short weeks away. You can play the demo now and wishlist the game on Steam. The game is also set for release on PS4 and Xbox One at a later date.

The game features a young pig princess named Bow living on a space station filled with clam people. Her father, King Cake, has decided to host a competition to win his daughter’s hand in marriage. But Bow has a different idea… she dons a disguise and enters the contest herself. The game features a number of different level types, most of which center around eating tennis balls. However, if you eat too many tennis balls, you get too fat to fit through narrow corridors, so you have to barf them up, slip through, and then re-eat the barfed up balls… called “barfies” for short. The game also features a number of competitive multiplayer modes for up to four players where players race each other, fight over tennis balls, and even build sandwiches. The game also includes a level editor.

Check out the release new date trailer below: