New Release: 1 Screen Platformer

A single-screen platformer with four playable characters, from Return to Adventure Mountain

New Release: Unruly Heroes

A colorful 4P actioner based on the story of Journey to the West, from Magic Design Studios

New Release: Gunpowder on the Teeth: Arcade

A greyscale run-and-gun action platformer featuring diminutive soldiers, from Gunpowder Team

New Release: Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

A bite-sized greenscale metroidvania, from Adventure Islands

New Release: Touhou Luna Nights

A metroidvania based on The Touhou Project bullet hell shooter series, from Team Ladybug

March 20, 2019

New Blip: Steel Sword Story

Do you even know the level of wackiness that 8bits Fanatics brings to the table? You may have heard of Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes, or the updated version called 1001 Spikes, but even stranger than that is their samurai-meets-US-president zombie slayer The Tempura of the Dead (which still needs a Steam release, please!)... and now they're back! Teaming up with Kadokawa Corporation and Playism, the studio is bringing more ninja action with Steel Sword Story. This time you're plying your ninja skills in a dark fantasy world while fighting enemies, performing platforming feats, and taking down big bad bosses. Use your sword to slash enemies and your magical powers to toss fireballs while seeking treasures and avoiding spikes.

The game is coming to PC soon, but does not yet have an announced release date.

No trailer yet, but here's some footage from the demo:


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

March 17, 2019

Target Acquired: 1 Screen Platformer

1 Screen Platformer, from Return to Adventure Mountain, is exactly what it sounds like... a platformer that takes place on a single screen. Fortunately, you can also zoom in on the action and play the game in a more traditional fashion, similar to the gameplay offered in Platformance: Castle Pain and Platformance: Temple Death. While the small game world makes for a short experience, there are a number of reasons to replay, such as going back in for a faster time, a better rank, or to try the harder difficulty setting which adds faster obstacles in higher numbers. But the main reason to replay is to try out each of the four playable characters. Not only do some characters offer new abilities, like a double jump, each has different mission objectives, with one simply tasked with reaching the end as quickly as possible, another that collects glowing orbs to activate checkpoints, and one that has to reveal the area by clearing fog-of-war-style shadows.

The game is now available for PC and Mac via Steam for 99 cents. Check our coverage here.

For some reason, the developer has no trailer for the game, so here's a video of some guy playing it for a few minutes:


March 14, 2019

New Blip: Iron Meat

Hey, you got your iron in my meat! Hey, you got your meat in my iron! That's likely what you'll be yelling when you play Iron Meat from Razz, a game that features two great tastes (iron and meat) that taste great together to deliver Contra-style shooting action against baddies and bots. The game features run and gun action, 8-way fire, a somersaulting soldier, and a variety of weapon pickups and powerups to help you shred everything that enters your line of sight. Weapons include machine guns, lasers, and heavy explosives, which you'll need to take down popcorn enemies, mechanical minibosses, and over-the-top level bosses across eight themed areas.

The game is planned for PC 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.

March 12, 2019

New Blip: Operation ECHO

Operation ECHO, from Green Legacy, is set in 21XX and stars an action hero named M16... well, he wasn't always an action hero. M16 got his start as a butler-bot, but then there was a Mutant Armageddon that put everyone's lives in danger, and his creator, Dr. Miller, gave him some heavy armaments and ordered him to hop into action. Armed with a plasma cannon and an array of other weapon types, including machine guns, shotguns, and rocket launchers, M16 runs through colorful levels blasting goo-spitting slugs, grotesque insectoid creatures, and other monstrosities until they explode... eventually facing off against giant disgusting boss monsters that require equal treatment.

The game is coming to PC but does not yet have an announced release date. A demo is available on Itch.io and Game Jolt.




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

March 10, 2019

Target Acquired: Touhou Luna Nights

Touhou Luna Nights is an officially-licensed spinoff of The Touhou Project (東方), a series of Japanese bullet hell shooters developed by Team Shanghai Alice which has endured for more than two decades. The new game was developed by Team Ladybug, the studio behind KonoSuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Revival of Beldia and Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue, both of which featured solid action combined with stunning sprite art... and this game is no exception.

Touhou Luna Nights features several characters from the main Touhou series, and stars Sakuya Izayoi, the head maid of Scarlet Devil Mansion, who is able to manipulate time. Sakuya can slow down time to bypass obstacles and enemies, or stop it completely, and she can even use her bullet hell grazing techniques to get close to enemies and projectiles to earn back health or magic. Along the way, she unlocks new special attacks and new movement abilities that allow her to reach previously inaccessible routes, per metroidvania conventions. Players will need to stay on their toes as enemies require them to employ an array of techniques, and bosses are even tougher. Even the environment reacts differently to time manipulation later in the game.

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