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: Moonlighter

A game that mixes top-down fantasy action-adventure with shopkeeping, from Digital Sun

New Release: Hakoniwa Explorer Plus

An open world action-adventure filled with crass and quirky humor, from Suxamethonium

New Release: CometStriker

A planet-hopping arcade actioner, from Iced Lizard Games

New Release: Rifter

An aerobatic grapple-based actioner set in a neon synthwave world, from IMakeGames

July 22, 2018

Target Acquired: Rifter

IMakeGames, the developer behind Nubs' Adventure, returns with something that has a significantly faster pace. Rifter combines the blazing speed of infinite runners with the angled surfaces of Dustforce and the grappling of Bionic Commando to create breakneck momentum-based gameplay. Players run across flat surfaces, dash down slopes, grapple around corners, smash through obstacles, and bash enemies while staying on the move and attempting to reach the goal as quickly as possible... but it's not all just environmental challenges; the player also faces huge boss creatures that require him to target weak points and reel in to crush them.

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




July 17, 2018

New Blip: The Messenger

The world has a love-hate relationship with the original Ninja Gaiden series on NES. On the one hand, it's a cult classic series, but on the other, the games were frustrating as hell, particularly the original... but that hasn't stopped developers from mimicking this style with creations of their own. Enter The Messenger from developer Sabotage Studio and publisher Devolver Digital. The game offers similar visuals to Ninja Gaiden but gives the player a more capable hero. In addition to basic platforming, sword slashing, and shuriken tossing, the ninja can unlock new gear that allows him to swim underwater, use a grappling line to draw himself toward walls or enemies, and even use a cape to ride air currents to reach higher platforms or attack enemies from above. A robust skill tree allows players to select upgrades to increase their effectiveness in combat, or add to their navigational abilities to explore the open environments and discover secrets. Players can even shift forward in time, and the graphics shift along with them, offering enhanced visuals and audio more in line with the 16-bit era, and shifting between timelines allows players to take advantages to changes in the environment between eras.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year.




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

July 12, 2018

New Blip: Valfaris

So, let's get this out of the way right up front... In 2016, a beautiful and atmospheric game called Slain was released, and it basically looked like a heavy metal album cover come to life in glorious 2D. Unfortunately, the game had loads of problems at release, not the least of which were a poorly-implemented combo system, cumbersome controls, bad writing, and simply awful sound design... some of which was addressed in the retitled re-release called Slain: Back from Hell. So, if you've heard bad things about the developer, this is why. Developer Steel Mantis (game tweets) has a new and similarly-gorgeous actioner entitled Valfaris, which promises to be "a heavy metal space saga". The game features melee- and projectile-based combat as the player ventures through dark gothic environments fighting detailed - and often grotesque - biological and mechanical enemies and bosses, leaving behind sprays of blood, gobs of goo, and piles of bodies in his wake. Environments are dark and gritty and filled with moving elements and enemy creatures, and the game is accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack.

The game is coming to PC later this year. So far, there's only a teaser trailer, but here's a whole mess of gameplay footage so you can see it in action:




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

July 10, 2018

New Blip: Saving Princess 2

So here's a little-known indie gem: Saving Princess. The game never got much attention on account of the PC version only ever being released on Itch.io (also on Android), but it's a solid nonlinear action platformer that plays like a mix of Metroid and Mega Man. BRAINOS returns with Saving Princess 2, which picks up two years after the original and once again stars Portia, an asset recovery specialist. Her latest adventure finds her on Harpyiae Outpost, a research station floating around a gaseous planet, and she must escape once more with PRINCESS while outwitting the station's artificial intelligence. As before, Portia must run, jump, and blast her way through the environment, and upgrade her weapon to allow for "blast jumping" which is used to cross gaps and fight enemies, but this time she has additional weapon customizations available to her which may be equipped for different effects such as faster reload speeds or larger projectiles.

If you missed out on the original game, there's no better time to give it a try, since it's available as PWYW (pay what you want) on Itch.io. In the meantime, stay tuned for word on the sequel, which is planned to release on PC and Android sometime this year. Check out some early footage:




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

July 5, 2018

New Blip: Cathedral

Cathedral, from Decemberborn Interactive, is an NES-style action-platformer starring a red-armored knight fighting his way through dungeons and cathedrals filled with dark creatures. Players must complete platforming challenges, avoid pits of spikes, hop on moving platforms, and activate switches to make their way forward, all the while slashing enemies, blocking projectiles, and performing downward strikes to take down enemies and bosses. Outside of dungeon diving, players interact with NPC's in villages to learn more about the world around them. Players can also acquire new items and equipment to enhance their combat skills and movement abilities to attack enemies from a distance and reach new areas.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux later this year.




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