New Release: Armed with Wings: Rearmed

A fluid sword-based actioner set in a dark world, from Sun-Studios

New Release: Monolith

A hybrid shmup twin-stick roguelike dungeon crawler (better than it sounds), from Team D-13

New Release: Cryptark

A privateering twin-stick roguelike salvage operation, from AlienTrap Games

New Release: Strikey Sisters

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

New Release: Splinter Zone

An endless action-platformer inspired by Mega Man, from Mokkograd

July 18, 2017

New Blip: The King's Bird

Serenity Forge, the developer behind Four Sided Fantasy, returns with The King's Bird, a momentum-based platformer with fluid movement inspired by Dustforce. You take on the role of a cape-wearing bird girl who navigates a dark world, sliding down slopes, jumping off walls and running across them, and hitting surfaces from every possible angle while traversing obstacle-laden environments. Something that separates this game from similar acrobatic platformers is the ability to use the girl's cape to glide quickly through open areas, building up speed when moving downward and then swooping back up to land on a platform or cling to a wall for a moment before dashing away again.

The game is coming to PC and Mac, and possibly consoles, 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.

July 16, 2017

Target Acquired: Cryptark

Cryptark is the latest game from AlienTrap Games, the developers behind Apotheon and Capsized. The player commands a small armed vessel which he uses to infiltrate a number of heavily defended procedurally-generated alien spacecraft. The ships' defenses come in the form of sentries, drone spawners, and robotic ships, all of which the player must destroy or bypass in order to reach the core and destroy it. The rewards the player receives can be used to upgrade his ship's arsenal to take on new targets of ever-increasing power on his way to the titular Cryptark itself.

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

July 13, 2017

New Blip: Yoku's Island Express

Over the years, many developers have experimented with mixing pinball mechanics into other genres, with examples including Pinball Quest, Odama, and Rollers of the Realm. Developer Villa Gorilla aims to do the same with Yoku's Island Express, an open world action adventure starring a dung beetle named Yoku who has recently accepted the role of postman on a tropical island. The dung beetle's ball acts as the game's pinball, with the beetle tethered to it, letting out cute squeaks and flailing about whenever the ball is launched. The player must use flippers to knock the ball around, bouncing it off of bumpers, activating switches, and breaking environmental objects in order to move across an array of themed environments. Along the way, he interacts with NPC's, goes on quests, and contend with giant creatures spread across the land.

The game is coming to PC via Steam, as well as Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2018.

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

July 11, 2017

New Blip: Nightkeep

Do you like killing skeletons and seeing red numbers appear over their heads while they crumble into a pile of bones? Do you like maps made of blue rooms, red highlights, and white outlines that show interconnected areas? Do you like ascending clock towers? Then Nightkeep, from RPG2 Heaven, should be right up your vania. The game is an action adventure starring a young woman named Arietta who is armed with a magical sword that she uses to slash through hordes of monstrous creatures, and she also has access to a variety of throwing weapons straight outta the Belmont playbook, including knives and axes. Along the way, she discovers helpful items and relics that can boost her stats, as well as earning traditional metroidvania moves like a slide, double jump, and back dash that aid her in combat and allow her to reach new areas.

The game is coming to PC via Steam 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.

July 9, 2017

Target Acquired: Monolith

Monolith is a game cast by the 13-sided die (?) of Team D-13, which mixes several genres to create a twin-stick dungeon-crawling shmup with roguelike elements that delivers on fast-paced action and a solid amount of diversity from one run to the next. The game already features seven weapon types with 40 possible modifiers, plus numerous powerups and buffs, but a patch is being released tomorrow (July 10) that adds three new playable ships, five new weapon types, hundreds of new rooms, and a Hard mode (although we recommend the default difficulty setting for your first time through).

Players explore dungeons and look for treasure, while building up currency by blasting enemies and avoiding damage in order to make purchases from shops. After fighting a miniboss or two, the path to the level boss is opened, where things get a bit more shmuppy with complex bullet patterns, lots of dodging, and huge life bars to chip away at... let's just hope you brought plenty of ammo.

The game is now available for PC via Steam. Check our coverage here.