New Release: Super Rad Raygun

A greenscale action patformer with an expansive upgrade system, from TRU FUN Entertainment

New Release: Butcher

A tough and bloody shooter inspired by gritty 90's action games, from Transhuman Design

New Release: Gonner

A stylish roguelike action platformer, from Art in Heart

New Release: Thoth

A strategic twin-stick shooter, from Carlsen Games

New Release: Ninja Smasher

An open world ninja actioner, from Q-Cumber Factory and PUMO

December 1, 2016

Early Arrival: Orange Moon

Moon Resources Corp. wants to offer you a job on the moon... but mining for resources can be dangerous with its harsh landscape, hostile wildlife, raiders, and the occasional ancient alien technology. Fortunately, you're well armed for the task with access to a machine gun, shotgun, flamethrower, rocket launcher, and minigun, each of which can be upgraded and loaded with specialized ammo types that allow them to pierce armor, burn enemies, or explode on contact. In Orange Moon, from Betelgeuse Zero, players move through a dangerous underground world, exploring the environment, defeating enemies and bosses, and gathering resources to upgrade their firepower and other abilities, including their grenades and jetpack-assisted jump.

The game available PC via Steam Early Access. Additionally, a demo is available on Indie DB.

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

November 30, 2016

New Blip: No Place for Bravery

No Place for Bravery, from developer Glitch Factory, is a time-manipulation roguelike featuring a band of warriors travelling through a procedurally-generated fantasy world on a quest to defeat powerful creatures of godlike proportions, inspired by the atmosphere of Hyper Light Drifter and the time manipulation mechanics of Super Time Force. The time manipulation mechanic allows the player to control all of the warriors simultaneously, swapping between characters at will to use their different abilities, and strategizing their movements in order to get the timing right for current and future attacks. The game is a nearly narrative-free experience, relying on environmental storytelling rather than bouts of exposition, and focusing instead on the complexity of its mechanics, which feature 1-hit kills and permadeath.

The game is coming to PC and Mac in Fall of 2017.

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

November 27, 2016

Target Acquired: Super Rad Raygun

Super Rad Raygun, from TRU FUN Entertainment, is an updated and greatly expanded version of the original Rad Raygun, which was released on Xbox Live Indie Games in 2013. While the original game contained only five stages, the new game has more than 20, and the core gameplay has been completely rebalanced. Gone are the in-level upgrades, replaced by an expansive battery-and-slot system where players can swap upgrades in and out at will, increasing their firepower, agility, and even the strength of Rad's backlight, as the character is an anthropomorphic Game Boy. The game is presented in four shades of green - with several unlockable color palettes - and numerous references to Mega Man and several classic Nintendo titles.

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

November 22, 2016

New Blip: RPGolf

Golf is one of those sports that rarely gets a genre crossover. For every Ninja Golf or Ribbit King, there's a dozen Mutant League Football, Super Baseball 2020, or *gulp* Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball spinoff titles. What's more, RPGolf, from developer ArticNet, is not a simulator but rather a fantasy action-RPG with swordplay, treasure chests... and actual golf. The game takes place over 18 holes as you knock your ball onto the green, into the bunker, and into water hazards while also contending with enemies wandering around the playfield. Players may select between a warrior, wizard, or rogue, each with different abilities and equipment, and players may level up by defeating enemies, which results in stronger attacks and a longer drive. Players can also stop off at the clubhouse, work on their skills on a practice range, buy new equipment, and craft better clubs to better their game.

The game will be released on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, 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.

November 20, 2016

Target Acquired: Ninja Smasher

Ninja Smasher, from Q-Cumber Factory and PUMO, is a retro-style open world actioner starring a blue ninja on a mission to rescue a princess. As the ninja acquires new abilities, he gains new combat abilities and the ability to explore more of the world around him. Fireballs allow the ninja to strike enemies from a distance as well as light candles that open certain gates. Wind can be used to hit distant foes as well as slice through ropes. Water can be used to extinguish candles, which also opens gates. In addition to exploring the open world, several dungeons await, each offering unique challenges and terminating in a boss encounter.

The game released earlier this year on 3DS via the eShop and is coming to PC via Steam on November 24. Check our coverage here.