New Release: Furwind

A colorful platformer starring a fox on a quest to save his village from an ancient evil, from Boomfire Games

New Release: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

A modern take on the classic 8-bit Castlevania formula, from Inti Creates and ArtPlay

New Release: Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San

A Game Boy-inspired game starring a rebellious octopus, from Christophe Galati

New Release: Speed Brawl

A manic brawler versus insects from the moon in an alternate 1888 London, from Double Stallion Games

New Release: Jolt: Fully Charged

A colorful platformer inspired by 16-bit classics, from Darkera Studios

December 14, 2018

Target Acquired: Below

Developer Capybara, known for their stylistic adventure title Sword & Sworcery and over-the-top actioner Super Time Force, returns with Below, an atmospheric roguelike with a deep focus on exploration. You play a lone character who heads out into a dangerous world with a sword and shield to battle his way deeper and deeper into the unknown. While you will be able to acquire new weapons, you will be very limited in what you can carry, which forces players to learn the combat system in order to survive. The game features realtime combat and random environments, and it is meant to be very challenging. Death will come frequently, and is permanent per roguelike standards, but you will learn more about how to survive on your future runs and go even deeper. The game is built primarily around single-screen dungeons where your player character is very small and surrounded by darkness. The talented Jim Guthrie (Sword & Sworcery, Indie Game: The Movie) returns to compose the music for the game.

After five years in development, Below is available today on PC via Steam and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

December 13, 2018

Target Acquired: GRIS

GRIS, from Nomada Studio and Devolver Digital is a visually splendiferous platformer starring a girl who is dealing with her own pain and sorrow, which alters the way she sees the world. As her emotional state changes and she begins to grow and heal, she gains new abilities that allow her to tackle the world in different ways and open up new paths forward. There are no enemies to fight or fear of being killed, so the game is more an exploration of emotions and beautiful artwork, with detailed animations and lovely musical accompaniment. The game features minor puzzle solving with optional challenges for more skilled players.

The game is now available on PC and Mac via Steam and Switch via eShop.

December 5, 2018

Proximity Alert: Dragon Marked for Death

Dragon Marked for Death is the latest from Inti Creates, the developers behind numerous retro-style games, including Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Blaster Master Zero, and Azure Striker Gunvolt. Dragon Marked for Death features the studio's pedigree of detailed colorful spritework and dense gameplay variety. The game stars four characters who have returned to find their homeland destroyed, and they cut a deal with the Astral Dragon (as you do) to get revenge. The Empress is able to use a sword and has a dragon's head as her left arm, which she can use to strike enemies directly or hit them with fireball attacks. The Warrior has a heavy axe and uses dragon scales to defend himself. The Shinobi (no, not that Shinobi) has twin daggers, and can make use of the dragon's legs and wings to jump up and glide around the environment. And the Witch uses the dragon's brains to tap into her powers and cast spells. The game is designed for multiple players to team up and take on baddies together, with each selecting a different character for melee-based brawler combat against an array of enemies and bosses.

The game is coming to Switch on December 13.

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

December 4, 2018

Target Acquired: Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

It has been more than 20 years since the last Wonder Boy game was released, but the spirit of the game lives on in Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. The game is being created by mobile developers FDG Entertainment and Game Atelier in partnership with Wonder Boy series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa. Monster Boy is able to transform into five different animals, each with their own abilities, allowing him to traverse the world, access new paths, and fight his way through baddies and bosses. The new game is getting the HD treatment with colorful high quality sprites as seen in Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap.

The game is now available on PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop, with physical releases also available for PS4 and Switch. The game will be arriving early next year on PC.

December 2, 2018

Target Acquired: Speed Brawl

Speed Brawl, from Double Stallion Games, is a speed-based brawler (as you may have guessed from the title) set in an alternate 1888 where the British Empire just defeated an army of insect creatures from the moon... and then enslaved them and made them take part in gladiatorial combat. You take on the roles of these warriors as they smash their way through big bad bugs as quickly as possible in order to earn new equipment and upgrade points. You start with two playable characters - which you can tag into battle at any time - and you meet new characters along the way, eventually giving you six characters to choose from, ranging from a sassy speedster, to heavy brawlers, to a laser-blasting automaton. Each player character has unique abilities, and all of them are agile, allowing them to juggle enemies, do crowd control, and line them up to be destroyed by powerful special attacks. Players can also smash barrels into bad guys, dash-kick them by swinging around poles, and watch for telegraphs that allow them to dodge and unleash powerful counterattacks.

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