New Release: Fight'N Rage

A beat 'em up inspired by classic brawlers like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, from Seba Games Dev

New Release: Necrosphere

A 2-button platformer/metroidvania that takes place in the afterlife, from Cat Nigiri

New Release: The Mummy Demastered

A metroidvania tie-in to Universal's new film The Mummy, from WayForward

New Release: 99Vidas

A retro-style beat 'em up with elemental fighters, from QUByte Interactive

New Release: Project Mercury

A stylish retro actioner modeled after DOS-era PC games, from Rexasoft Games

December 10, 2017

Target Acquired: Project Mercury

Project Mercury, from Rexasoft Games, is a linear actioner starring a laser-wielding commando in search of her missing squadmates in a world filled with hostile creatures known as Mercury. The game is divided between several gameplay styles, mostly consisting of on-foot or forced-scrolling hoverbike sequences, with some ascent- and descent-based areas mixed in across eight levels and nine boss encounters. The player begins the game with a weak laser and acquires two new weapons along the way as she faces off against ground-based and flying enemies. The game is modeled after DOS-era computer games with its 256x224 resolution, 5-channel chiptune soundtrack, miniscule color palette, and 4-color sprites.

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

December 7, 2017

Target Acquired: Dimension Drive

Dimension Drive, from 2Awesome Studio, is a teleportation-based shmup where you must pilot your ship across two battlefields. As you fly, you will encounter impassible lasers, sprays of bullets, other objects that require you to move to the opposite screen, teleporting to the same relative position on the other side. Your ship is capable of emitting a spray of projectiles that may be upgraded to several power levels, and the bullets may be aimed behind the ship to strike enemies you have already passed when you teleport across screens. If you're having a hard time keeping track of the action - or if you don't have two brains - you can bring along a friend for 2P co-op.

Dimension Drive just left Early Access and is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and is also available on Switch via eShop.

December 6, 2017

Proximity Alert: The Iconoclasts

The Iconoclasts is a colorful action adventure title from Konjak, starring a girl named Robin who is a mechanic in a world where her particular craft is considered to be illegal. As is typical of this developer, the game is set in a beautifully crafted world filled with gorgeous sprites, detailed animations, and loads of character and humor. More than just an aesthetically appealing title, the mechanics are solid as well, with precision platforming, varied gameplay, and a compelling Metroidvania structure.

Beneath the beautiful and colorful world, dark forces are at work, and it is up to Robin to set things right by upsetting the status quo and upending the power structure of the oppressors who have made such activities as excavation, mapping, and mechanics illegal. Unsponsored archaeology, cartography, or mechanical work are considered to be sins against the gods, and are punishable by death. According to the imposed law and religion of the land, holy agents of the gods are meant to control the world and ensure that it remains unaltered by earthly hands, which includes strict provisions surrounding the use of a rare fuel source known as ivory. And if that’s not enough, the moon is slowly breaking apart and pieces are falling to earth.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Vita on January 23, 2018. Check our preview here.

December 5, 2017

Proximity Alert: Crossing Souls

Developer Fourattic presents Crossing Souls, an action adventure game set in California in 1986 when a group of kids discover a mystical pyramid-shaped stone that lets them see people and creatures long since dead. Using the stone leads to unexpected consequences, and the unassuming children find themselves in a fight to save the world. Each of the five kids has a different ability, with one having greater strength that lets him lift objects that the others cannot; another has greater agility which allows him to move more quickly; and another is able to use stealth to hide. Players must combat enemies in action-based sequences, as well as solve puzzles by interacting with people from different time periods.

The game is coming PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam on February 13, 2018.

December 3, 2017

Target Acquired: 99Vidas

99Vidas, from QUByte Interactive, is a beat 'em up featuring a group of warriors with elemental powers facing off against a crime boss who has obtained the 99Vidas, an artifact granting 99 lives to whomever wields its power. The game allows up to 4P online and offline co-op, with each of the initially available characters offering a different balance of strength and power, and different elemental enhancements to their attacks. As the player racks up combos and grabs video game consoles out of broken crates (because video games), he builds up a score which can be spent between levels to unlock new combos and upgrade these attacks... or just spent on extra lives. The game offers six long levels, a pair of bonus areas, and 7 additional unlockable characters, as well as a Versus mode, Survival mode, and New Game+ mode.

The game is available for PC, Mac, Linux via Steam, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, PS3, PS4, and Vita via PSN, with physical PS4 and Vita versions planned for a later date, and it's also planned for release on Switch. Check our coverage here.