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

Upcoming Release: Log Jammers

A modern take on Windjammers, a mid-90's alternative sports game, from Mega Cat Studios

New Release: To Leave

A flying door, a drug-induced fantasy world, and a story of mental illness, from Freaky Creations

New Release: Jolt: Fully Charged

A colorful platformer inspired by 16-bit classics, from Darkera Studios

December 26, 2017

Target Acquired: Super Skelemania

If you haven't played Skelemania from Benal, then you're missing out on a great - and somewhat unconventional - metroidvania. Fortunately, there's still time to check it out, as the game is pay-what-you-want on Itch.io right now. In Super Skelemania, you take on the role of a skeleton man who uses his skull to bash enemies, and he steadily gains new abilities that allow him to expand his exploration and grant new combat tactics. These include a long diving jump, a running charge, and the ability to roll through narrow openings, Samus Aran-style.

The game is now available PC and Mac via Steam, Itch.io, and Gamejolt. Check our coverage here.




December 20, 2017

Target Acquired: A Small Robot Story

A Small Robot Story, from BC, is a story about a small robot (in case you hadn't guessed) named Rae. The little fellow finds himself without a user and enters "sentient mode", and then sets out on a quest to learn more about his origins. Along the way, he travels through a number of themed environments, including caves, a forest, and a science lab, fighting off other robots, wild animals, and various creatures. Rae initiates dialogue with a the game's bosses to gain more information about himself and the world around him.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.




December 17, 2017

Target Acquired: Tower 57

Tower 57 is a colorful isometric top-down shooter from Pixwerk. The game is set in an 1920's art deco style "dieselpunk" world where people live in huge towers above a radioactive wasteland and are constantly at war with another. You discover that Tower 57 is planning an invasion, and you set out to put a stop to it, along with a friend if you like, in 2P offline co-op. Players have access to a wide range of weaponry, including Tommy guns, shotguns, lasers, electricity beams, rocket launchers, and flamethrowers as they take on robots, turrets, and even the occasional tank (and maybe even drive one!). The wasteland is dangerous, and it's even possible to lose a limb during a fight, although there are terminals selling replacement prosthetics... but losing both arms leaves you unable to hold a weapon.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store, and is coming to PS4 via PSN in Winter of 2018, with releases also planned for Xbox One and even Amiga OS. Check our coverage here.




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.