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: Battle Princess Madelyn

An actioner inspired by Ghosts 'n Goblins, from Causal Bit Games

December 16, 2018

Target Acquired: Battle Princess Madelyn

Battle Princess Madelyn is from Causal Bit Games, the developers behind the dark and gritty Insanity's Blade, a game inspired by late 80's arcade games like Black Tiger and Ghouls 'n Ghosts. The game got its start as the developer's daughter enjoyed watching her dad play the first level of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts over and over so she could watch him fight what she called "Green Head", the first level boss. And, while her dad couldn't exactly put her into GnG, he could make her the star of her own GnG-style game, and so Battle Princess Madelyn was born. The game begins as Maddi's village comes under attack, and an evil wizard kidnaps her family and kills her dog, so she heads out to to kill the wizard, tossing projectiles like King Arthur before her (with a very similar running animation). Accompanied by the ghost of her dead pooch, she cuts a swath through the undead and other monstrous creatures, traverses detailed environments, and faces off against huge bosses. The game offers an open world story mode and a more straightforward arcade mode.

The game is available now for PC via Steam and Xbox One via Microsoft Store. The game arrives on PS4 and Switch on December 20, and is also planned for Wii U and Vita later in 2019. Check our coverage here.

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.