New Release: Children of Morta

A roguelike dungeon crawler featuring a family who stands against a growing corruption, from Dead Mage

New Release: Grelox

A sci-fi actioner inspired by Zillion on the Sega Master System, from Sunteam

New Release: Electronic Super Joy 2

A precision platformer filled with neon, pulsing beats, and Satan's butt, from Michael Todd Games

New Release: Space Cortex

A chunky open world actioner set on a deep space research station, from BRAINOS

New Release: Biolab Wars

A run-and-gun shooter inspired by the Contra series and other 8-bit classics, from Kolibri Game Studio

September 19, 2019

Target Acquired: Demoniaca: Everlasting Night

Demoniaca: Everlasting Night, from AKI, is a Castlevania-inspired action-RPG starring a redheaded woman who is gutted... but somehow revives and sows her torn bits back together to return to the fight, but her blood has become contaminated with the blood of demons, giving her unholy new abilities. Over the course of her adventure, she meets new friends and enemies - many of whom seem fond of baring their chests - as she slashes and kicks her way through the many dark floors of the Tower of Babel. She can also make use of equipment that grants her passive buffs, stock up on restorative potions, and gain new combat abilities that help her take down baddies and bosses.

The game is now available on PC via Steam.




September 17, 2019

New Blip: Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Developer WayForward presents the fifth entry in the Shantae series, entitled Shantae and the Seven Sirens. Everyone's favorite half-genie hero returns with Rottytops, Risky Boots, and her other and pals for a new adventure far away from their hometown on Scuttle Island. Apparently, there are other half-genies around the world, as Shantae discovers when she meets the eponymous Seven Sirens in a nonlinear action-adventure that takes her across a large interconnected world populated by villages, enemies, and bosses. As before, Shantae can dance to transform into animals, with a focus on aquatic forms this time around, and the game includes animated cutscenes.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Apple Arcade later this year. There's no gameplay trailer yet, but there is this sweet opening cinematic, which is also meant to show off the animated cutscene stylings.




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September 12, 2019

New Blip: Shovel Knight Dig

Yacht Club Games returns with another tale in the Shovel Knight saga, this time teaming up with Nitrome, the studio behind Bomb Chicken and numerous mobile titles. Shovel Knight Dig sees everyone's favorite knight of shovelry - with increased graphical fidelity - in a descent-based adventure that mixes elements of the Dig Dug / Mr. Driller series and 1-on-1 Mega Man-style boss battles. Shovel Knight still fights enemies and grabs treasure, but this time around, he gains new abilities that let him hurl bouncing projectiles, blast nearby enemies with a great horn, and shrink down to a minuscule size to fit through small openings.

The game is coming to unannounced platforms (probably all the major ones) on an unannounced date.




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September 10, 2019

Target Acquired: Blasphemous

Blasphemous is a game from The Game Kitchen, developers of The Last Door. While The Last Door was a low-rez point and click adventure series, Blasphemous is a gritty and bloody 2D action-adventure with fast-paced action and detailed visuals. The game offers nonlinear exploration through a dark world as you take on the role of The Penitent One, an armor-clad warrior with a pointed thorned helmet who roams the land destroying evil... of which there is plenty, as most of the world's citizens have been transformed into hideous creatures due to their blasphemies. Players will equip items to enhance their abilities as they fight their way through grotesque undead creatures, self-abusing whip wielders, corrupt clergy, and numerous indescribable monstrosities, along with several large bosses.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop.




September 8, 2019

Target Acquired: Children of Morta

Children of Morta, from developer Dead Mage, is a roguelike dungeon crawler where you hack and slash your way through legions of dark creatures. The game focuses on the Bergson family, each of whom has a different set of weapons, ranging from a sword and shield combo, to a bow and arrows, to up-close daggers and hand-to-hand combat that require quick movement to use effectively. Players may also visit the blacksmith to increase the power of their stats, make use of various in-dungeon buffs to alter their abilities, and each playable character has their own upgrade tree. The game features incredibly detailed spritework and animations.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and is also coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Check our coverage here.




September 5, 2019

New Blip: Sea Salt

Sea Salt is the latest from YCJY Games, the studio behind The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human, which was a dour metroidvania set in a dark and desaturated world... and their latest venture doubles down on that dark desaturation. Sea Salt is set in a Lovecraftian world where you take on the role of Dagon, one of the Old Gods, who calls forth loping horrors from ancient depths to terrorize mankind. The game mixes action and strategy as you cycle through a deck of creatures and bring them in the world to chase down humans and activate sigils. The humans will try to fight you, and religious figures will stand against you, so you must grow your army of creatures to overtake them, and unlock new creatures to add to your numbers.

The game is coming to PC later this year.




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September 4, 2019

New Blip: Savior

Savior, from Starsoft, is a colorful metroidvania starring Sam, a woman who finds herself in the midst of a cold war between The Chosen and The Fallen, in a world divided between the medieval and the technological. She explores the island of Arcadia, fighting her way through the harsh landscape of The Fallen, slowly gaining access to new weapons and items, meeting new friends along the way, and possibly becoming the savior who can unite this long-divided world. By becoming stronger and gaining new skills, she increases her ability to explore the landscape around her. Sam is incredibly acrobatic, and she is able to move fluidly through the environment, jump off walls (and enemies!), perform deft attacks and dodges, dive into the water and swim, and even leap onto the back of a great dragon.

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




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September 1, 2019

Target Acquired: Biolab Wars

Biolab Wars, from Kolibri Game Studio, is a run-and-gun shooter inspired by Contra and similar NES-era actioners. It's 1985, and aliens have invaded the Earth. You take on the role of a musclebound dude, a deadly lady, or a dog in a mech suit to blast your way through soldiers, robots, and alien monstrosities. You start with a machine gun, but you can grab several other limited-ammo weapons along the way to dish out extra pain, and you can even find a laser-firing chicken and helicopter-propelled kitty to assist you in your assault. The game takes place across seven areas, with a boss at the end of each.

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




August 31, 2019

Target Acquired: Whipseey and the Lost Atlas

Whipseey and the Lost Atlas, from Daniel A. Ramirez (game tweets), is a bite-sized platformer starring a boy named Alex who finds himself in a strange world and transformed into a cute pink thing called Whipseey. Whipseey can hop-and-bop like many other platforming heroes, or he can use his whip to smash enemies or swing back and forth on grapple points, or he can spin it above his head like a helicopter to slowly glide to the ground. He travels through a number of colorful environments, including forests, deserts, frozen wastelands filled with toys, and even underwater caverns as he tries to make his way home.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop.




August 28, 2019

Target Acquired: Minoria

Bombservice is the studio behind the Momodora series. Momodora 1-3 were all pretty sweet, but the developer really hit his stride with the series prequel, a dark and engaging metroidvania entitled Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight. And now, the studio has returned with Minoria, a spiritual sequel to the Momodora series that casts off its chunky visuals in favor of a smoother HD presentation, while offering a similarly dark world with action focusing around melee combat and magic spells. Set in an entirely new universe, the game stars Fran and Semilla, sisters who work as missionaries on behalf of the church as they work to protect the commoners from heretical witches... although the sisters make use of spellcraft themselves.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Itch, GOG, and Humble Store.


August 27, 2019

New Blip: Amortale

Amortale, from RPG2 Heaven, is a lighthearted platformer set in a world of fantasy where the kingdom is being assailed by baby demon foxes. A tower full of monsters has risen, and a plucky hero sets out to meet them in battle as he journeys through 10 themed locales. The hero has the ability to swap between four different sets of legendary armor on the fly, granting him new attacks and abilities, among them is the ability to swing a sword, fire off projectiles, drop bombs, and even fly through the air with a winged helmet. The game world is bright and colorful, with enemies that tend toward the bulbous end of the spectrum, adding a bit of cuteness to their deadliness.

The game is coming to PC "soon".




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August 25, 2019

Target Acquired: Space Cortex

Space Cortex is the latest from BRAINOS, the developer behind Saving Princess and its upcoming sequel. You take on the role of an operative - or a pair of them in 2P co-op - who must infiltrate a space station to defeat a superintelligent AI, allowing your team to destroy the entire station with an antimatter beam. You enter the station and move region by region, taking down enemies and bosses in order to open the way to the AI core. By exploring thoroughly, you encounter upgrades that allow you to increase your firing rate, ammo capacity, and maximum HP, allowing you to become more effective in combat. The experience is presented in a chunky retro style with a low resolution, limited color palette, and lo-fi soundtrack.

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




August 23, 2019

Target Acquired: Mable & The Wood

Mable & The Wood, from Triple Vision Games, is an explorative action game stars a girl named Mable who lives in a world that is being drained of its color due to the overuse of magic. Mable is able to change forms, shapeshifting into the shapes of the bosses she kills, as she fights to save the world... but her very powers are also aiding in its destruction. Transformations include a flying fairy, a creepy grapple-spinning spider, and a stone form that allows you to petrify your foes. The player is able to select from multiple areas, but the journey grows more perilous as the destruction of the world continues. Music for the game was composed by Music for the game was composed by Fat Bard, who was also the composer behind CrashLands and Blitz Breaker.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, Humble Store, and Itch.




August 22, 2019

Target Acquired: Bite the Bullet

Bite the Bullet is the latest from Mega Cat Studios, the studio behind Coffee Crisis and Log Jammers. The game is a run-and-gun shooter that borrows elements from the Metal Slug and Contra series, but tosses in a bit of cannibalism for good measure. It's not enough to simply kill your enemies... by eating their corpses - and eating bullets and buildings - you can create new weapons gand ain new abilities along a skill tree. You are what you eat, as consuming different kinds of enemies determine what kinds of weapons and modifiers you gain, or what skills you can acquire, such as the ability to spew napalm vomit or transform into a giant mutant creature.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, and Xbox One in 2020.




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August 20, 2019

New Blip: Skul

Skul, from SouthPAWGames, stars a young skeleton warrior and member of the castle guard, as he fights against brave heroes, plucky adventurers, and warriors of light, across a colorful pixellated world. Skul's king has been taken by an army of the living, and he must kill them all by smashing them with his bone club and tossing his skull Decap Attack-style, or he can take on new abilities by swapping skulls... By taking off his skull and replacing it with others, he is able to gain new abilities and weapons, such as equipping a warrior's helmet in order to attack as an armored knight with a sword, or using a samurai's skull to perform quick slashes with a katana.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Switch, but does not yet have an announced release date. A demo is available on the game's Itch page.




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August 18, 2019

Target Acquired: Electronic Super Joy 2

Electronic Super Joy 2, from Michael Todd Games is a follow-up to Electronic Super Joy and its mini-sequel Electronic Super Joy: Groove City. It features precision platforming set in a stylish world of neon, missiles, cursing, and golden buttocks, as you complete platforming challenges, first person shooter sequences, and a handful of extended boss encounters. The game sees you running left to right, ascending vertical shafts, completing auto-scrolling sequences, and even tossing your mother through laser beams, with even the slightest mistake leading to death. You're aided by powerups that include multiple midair jumps, a sword that lets you dash through the sky, a butt stomp, and an explosive jump... but each powerup only lasts until the end of the level.

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




August 17, 2019

Vigil: The Longest Night

Vigil: The Longest Night, from Glass Heart Games, is a stylish medieval actioner set in a dark world filled with grotesque monstrosities and inspired by Castlevania, Salt and Sanctuary, and Bloodborne. You take on the role of Leila, a member of the Vigil, who returns home to search for her sister. As she explores the nearby villages, forests, and caves, she discovers that things have taken a twisted turn, and the sun no longer rises here. Leila is able to use several weapon types, including a sword, daggers, and a bow and arrows, and the game employs a skill tree, allowing Leila to level up and learn new abilities to aid her in combat. The game's creature designs are particularly notable, featuring the loping undead, strange and menacing beasts, impossible skeletal constructions, and masses of pulsating flesh.

The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch in 2020.




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August 13, 2019

New Blip: MindSeize

MindSeize, from Kamina Dimension, is a sci-fi action-adventure that pits you against a mysterious organization called The Ascended, which is capable of stealing people's minds. You take on the role of a private investigator whose daughter was a victim of this organization, so you put together a crew, connect your mind to a highly-maneuverable robot body, and travel from planet to planet on a quest to take them down. The game allows you to equip a pair of weapons, mix and match melee and projectile weapons to suit your playstyle, and earn new movement abilities that allow you to explore large environments and take down enemies and hulking robotic bosses.

The game is coming to PC later this year. An alpha demo is available on Steam, Itch, or Game Jolt.




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August 10, 2019

Target Acquired: Grelox

Grelox, from Sunteam, is a game that takes its inspirations from Zillion on the Master System, and the developer has even gone so far as to limit the color palette to that of Sega's famed 8-bit console... although the graphical fidelity is more in line with a 16-bit game. You take on the role of a woman named Grelox who is out hunting a crime boss on a distant planet. In order to explore the environment, Grelox must access various computer terminals and disable them, which in turn opens locked doors. The game takes place in across seven themed areas in a nonlinear world made up of interconnected single screen environments.

The game is now available on PC for free via the developer's website. Check our coverage here.




August 8, 2019

New Blip: Unsighted

Unsighted, from Studio Pixel Punk, is a cyberpunk action-adventure set in a world that was once filled with a great population of androids. But now their energy source is nearly depleted, threatening the continuation of consciousness for those few androids who remain. Now, a once great city is overgrown and stands on the brink of ruin and machines have become corrupted, causing them to turn against you. You must solve puzzles, overcome environmental challenges, and defeat enemies in a nonlinear world. Along the way, you can equip numerous melee and ranged weapons, level up to increase your strength, and learn new abilities that allow you to explore further. The game features sexy pixel art and some lovely environmental effects.

The game is coming to PC in 2020.




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August 7, 2019

New Blip: Unto the End

In Unto the End, from 2 Ton Studios, you take on the role of a father who is attempting to reunite with his family, but his journey is long and fraught with danger, and the environment is harsh and unforgiving. Combat requires you to gauge your foes' movements so you can attack, parry, and counterattack, allowing you to strike down and even behead the enemies and monstrous creatures that you encounter along the way. Combat is tactical, deliberate, and bloody, requiring you to make the most of your sword and occasionally use ranged weapons as you take on groups of enemies and fight in one-on-one combat.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, but does not yet have an announced release date.




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August 4, 2019

Target Acquired: Eagle Island

Eagle Island, from Pixelnicks, is a platformer with an open world consisting of multiple procedurally-arranged dungeons. The game stars Quill, a young ornithologist who is accompanied by his owl as he explores an island that is being terrorized by a giant eagle. Quill uses his owl as a weapon, calling it to him and then casting it off in one of eight directions to strike enemies. Along the way, he opens treasure chests that give him a random assortment of powerups to aid him in his journey to the dungeon boss. By defeating bosses and completing dungeons, Quill unlocks new magical enhancements for his owl, as well as new movement abilities, which are then used in future dungeons and in the overworld to slowly open new routes.

The game is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and GOG, and Switch via eShop. Check our coverage here.




August 1, 2019

New Blip: Lunark

Lunark, from Canari Games, is a cinematic platformer inspired by the likes of Flashback and Prince Of Persia. The game offers chunky pixel art and vibrant colors reminiscent of the 16-bit era, and even features rotoscoping! In the future, Earth has become incompatible to human life, and the last remaining survivors have been relocated to the moon by Noah, an artificial intelligence, until a new home can be found. Hundreds of years have passed, and now you take on the role of Leo, an inhabitant of the lunar ark (yeah, the Lunark) who finds himself in the middle of a rebellion. He interacts with a cast of colorful characters, performs feats of platforming and shooting, and explores a variety of environments and alien ruins.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Switch in mid-2020.




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July 30, 2019

Proximity Alert: Piko Piko

Piko Piko, from Marquet Games, is a metroidvania starring a cute redheaded anime girl with a big hammer. The titular Piko is a senior at Hammer Academy and uses her blacksmithing skills to modify her toy hammer into an implement of destruction. She teams up with her half-fox pal to fight her fellow Hammer Academy smithies and prove that she is the best blacksmith around. With her weapon, she can smash foes, deflect bullets, and transform it into a drill to demolish destructible blocks or shoot lasers... oh, and her foxy friend has a drill tank!

The game is coming to PC on August 9. A demo is available on the developer's Itch page.




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July 28, 2019

Target Acquired: Blazing Chrome

Joymasher, the studio behind Oniken (our 2012 Game of the Year) and Odallus: The Dark Call, returns with Blazing Chrome, a run-and-gun inspired by the likes of Contra and Metal Slug. The game can be played alone or with a friend in 2P co-op, with players selecting between a human member of the resistance named Mavra, or a rebel robot named Doyle in the apocalyptic world of 21XX. Players use machine guns, grenade launchers, and lasers to blast grotesque alien and robot creatures with a style reminiscent of Contra III: The Alien Wars and Contra Hard Corps, with its dark cityscapes and barren deserts, angled platforms, the ability to hang and shoot simultaneously, and of course, its stylish detailed bosses.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, as well as PS4 via PSN, Switch via eShop, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store. Check our coverage here.




July 25, 2019

New Blip: Gigabuster

Gigabuster, from Waller, is an actioner heavily influenced by the Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero series, and stars Liz, a blonde-haired scarf-wearing fighter who is taking down CEO's one-by-one to stop them from funding "Happiness". You must break into nine different companies - offered in blocks of three that may be played in any order - using your ability to grapple, climb, dash, wall jump, and grind rails to make your way to the CEO offices to give them the beat-downs they deserve. Along the way, you slash enemies to build up a combo meter that lets you unleash a huge laser, and you can acquire upgrades, armor, and a number of melee weapons to help you in your fight.

The game is coming to PC later this year. A demo is available on the game's Itch page.




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July 23, 2019

Proximity Alert: The Ninja Saviors - Return of the Warriors

The Ninja Saviors - Return of the Warriors, from Natsumi Atari Inc. (the current holder of the long-meaningless Atari brand), capitalizes on the success of Taito's mediocre arcade game entitled The NinjaWarriors, which featured ultra-wide 3-monitor single-plane beat 'em up action at a plodding pace. Fortunately, this forgettable tech demo was superseded by Natsume's superior SNES game entitled Ninja Warriors (with a space and everything), which offered a somewhat more technical experience that more closely resembled the mechanics found in Final Fight, but sticking with single-plane action. Now, the ninja warriors have returned, and they've brought along a couple of new friends, as the game now features five playable android ninjas (three from the SNES game) fighting their way through a dystopian world filled with evil grunts in need of a good smackdown. Go it alone or grab a friend in 2P co-op as you smash your way through eight areas, waves of enemies, and hulking bosses, all presented in hi-rez pixel art.

The game is coming to Switch and PS4 on August 30. Check out the trailer below featuring all five playable characters:




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July 9, 2019

Proximity Alert: Atma

In Atma, from the self-titled Team Atma, you take on the role of Shaya, a woman who is capable of communicating with the spirit world. Shaya mourns her lost love, Atma, who died but failed to move onto the next realm. Atma instead lies in torment, attempting to reach out to Shaya in hopes that she can return him to the world of the living. To help him, Shaya must speak to Atma's relatives, enter their minds, and steal their memories of him. As the player, you must choose whether you're willing to defy the laws of nature to bring Atma back as you travel through a lush colorful world, fighting enemies, delving into dungeons, solving puzzles, and taking on terrifying monsters.

The game will be released tomorrow (July 10) for PC via Steam.


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July 2, 2019

Proximity Alert: Grelox

Grelox, from Sunteam, is a game that takes its inspirations from Zillion on the Master System, and the developer has even gone so far as to limit the color pallette to that of Sega's famed 8-bit console... although the graphical fidelity is more in line with a 16-bit game. You take on the role of a woman named Grelox who is out hunting a crime boss on a distant planet. In order to explore the environment, Grelox must access various computer terminals and disable them, which in turn opens locked doors. The game takes place in across seven themed areas in a nonlinear world made up of single screen environments.

The game is nearing the end of development as is planned as a free release for PC soon.


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June 26, 2019

Target Acquired: Hardcore Mecha

Hardcore Mecha, from RocketPunch Games is a fast-paced mech combat platformer featuring a variety of mechs with different abilities. The game offers a single player story experience about a war between Earth and Mars, as well as local and online multiplayer versus modes, reminiscent of Metal Warriors on the SNES, but considerably faster. The slick 2D visuals look almost 3D with their smooth animation, rotation effects, and a skeletal animation system that conveys a sense of weight as mechs tear around blasting each other with heavy weapons. Mechs can fire multiple weapons, smash each other with melee attacks, defend themselves, jump toward enemies, and some can even transform into vehicles such as tanks and jets. And yes, you can eject from mechs and enter others.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, and is also planned for release on PS4.




June 25, 2019

New Blip: Spelunky 2

Mossmouth returns with a follow-up to one of the most beloved indie games of all time. Spelunky 2 follows up on the finely-distilled roguelike platforming of Spelunky, but adds a slew of new elements to entice players to delve into the depths once again. The new game adds some sweet fluid dynamics that are as pretty as they are dangerous, especially when a waterfall pushes you down a passage at high speeds, or when a pool of lava gives way and sends molten death flooding down at you. The game also features online 4P co-op... which could end some friendships depending on your companions' skill levels, because things can get hairy in a hurry when the griefing kicks in. You can play as Ana Spelunky (daughter of the original game's protagonist), who has a gun that lets her clone kitties (!?); Roffy D Sloth, who can fire arrows and use them as platforms; Margaret Tunnel, who is a demolitions expert; or Colin Northward, who can teleport. The world has grown more complex as well, with layered levels that let you flip between two sides by passing through doorways... and now you can ride animals, which can be sacrificed Yoshi-style to give you a bit of last-minute lift when jumping over deadly obstacles.

The game is coming to PC and PS4 later this year.




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June 23, 2019

Target Acquired: Steel Sword Story

8bits Fanatics is the studio behind Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes - which you may know from its updated version, 1001 Spikes - and the samurai-meets-US-president zombie slayer The Tempura of the Dead. And now they've teamed up with Kadokawa Corporation and Playism to deliver 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 bosses. Use your sword to slash enemies and your magical powers to toss fireballs while exploring the environment for treasures to increase your stats.

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




June 21, 2019

Target Acquired: 198X

198X, from Hi-Bit Studios (game site), is a coming-of-age tale set in the 1980's and tied to the arcade games of that era. You take on the role of a teenager who finds herself drawn to the pixellated glory of arcade games but discovers the line blurring between gaming and reality. 198X actually includes five separate arcade-style games, each in a different genre, including a beat 'em up, a shmup, a racing game, a ninja actioner, and an RPG, and each of these games is realized with stunning pixel art.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and GOG, and is also planned for release on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.




June 20, 2019

Proximity Alert: ScourgeBringer

ScourgeBringer is the latest from Neurovoider developer Flying Oak Games. You take on the role of a plucky badass named Kyhra as she hops and slashes her way through a sidescrolling roguelike world. Combat is fast and fluid, allowing Kyhra to move quickly from enemy to enemy to dispatch them with speedy swordery, intermixed with serious platforming skills that allow her wall jump, run up walls, and perform dashing downward strikes. Between bouts of bashing baddies and bosses, you delve into the depths to discover mysterious machinery... and maybe save the world. The game also features a cool sounds by Joonas Turner (Downwell, Nuclear Throne).

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux with an announced release date of "soon".


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June 18, 2019

New Blip: Dawnthorn

Dawnthorn, from Aloft Studio, is an 8-bit-style action adventure inspired by the likes of The Legend of Zelda, Link's Awakening, and the Startropics games, and it's a standalone prequel to Aloft's other Zelda-style game: Hazelnut Bastille. The game is built in the same engine but using the NES style to simulate the way the story would have been presented if it had arrived on the prior console generation, but the games are joined by some of the same enemies and items. You explore themed areas across the overworld and enter challenging dungeons, using magical abilities to aid in your traversal and to contend with enemies in creative fashion. At your disposal are a sword and shield, along with a variety of projectile weapons to help you deal with baddies and bosses along the way.

The game is planned for PC, Mac, and Linux sometime later this year, with possible console releases to follow.




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June 16, 2019

Target Acquired: Killer Chambers

Killer Chambers, from Village Bench, is a game that combines action and memorization, dropping players into confined spaces where they must dodge a variety of projectiles. With limited room to maneuver, players must pay attention to cues indicating when arrows are about to fire, get the rhythm right to dodge them in time, and commit certain patterns to memory. Players may opt to simply move from one room to the next, or dive back in to face tougher projectile patterns, thereby earning currency that allows them to purchase support items or hats with added abilities, such as absorbing a hit of damage or sticking to the ceiling when jumping. Die too many times, and players must face a cursed room before they can move on, and each of the five areas features a boss encounter that changes up the gameplay.

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




June 13, 2019

Early Arrival: Dungeon Munchies

Dungeon Munchies, from maJAJa (game tweets), is a sidescrolling action-RPG where you play the role of a reanimated corpse who must hunt down strange creatures, kill them, and then cook them up into delightful meals to gain new abilities. Depending on the meals you create, you can heal, increase your damage output, or enable better damage absorption... and then craft weapons with the inedible parts to increase your effectiveness in combat, including swords, spears, and bows and arrows. Defeat bosses, eat gross monsters, and interact with whacked-out NPC's in this unusual adventure.

The game just entered Steam Early Access for PC and Mac.




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June 11, 2019

New Blip: Heidelberg 1693

Heidelberg 1693 is the latest actioner from Andrade Games, the studio behind 1917 - The Alien Invasion and SturmFront - The Mutant War. The studio is known for its gritty art style and throwback arcade action. The game is set in Heidelberg, Germany in 1693 (as you may have guessed) during the War of the Grand Alliance, in which the French captured and nearly destroyed the town of Heidelberg... but things take a turn from historical events as the French turn to forbidden science to resurrect the dead. You take on the role of a musketeer who uses his rapier and musket - with appropriately long reload times - to fight off an army of undead creatures and fiendish versions of historical figures. Gunpowder is limited and the undead are tough to kill, so you must use your shots wisely, and even lure enemies to harm each other with friendly fire.

The game is coming to PC later this year, and a demo is available on Itch.




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June 9, 2019

Target Acquired: Gato Roboto

Proving once again that anything can happen in indie game development, we have somehow seen a resurgence in super lo-fi and 1-bit action games, with titles like Downwell and Minit standing as some of the finest examples, both of which were published by Devolver Digital... and Devolver is publishing Gato Roboto as well. Gato Roboto, from Doinksoft, features an adorable kitty in a metroidvania adventure. The kitty is on a spaceship and steps on the pilot's keyboard (as kitties do), leading to a crash landing on an alien world, where the kitty hops out and get to platforming. The game takes place in a black and white world inspired by classic Metroid games, with obvious nods offered in its environmental tilesets and bulbous doorways, but the cat is pretty fast compared to Samus Aran. Pretty soon, the cat finds a mech suit and hops inside, using its powers to take down enemies with blaster shots and missiles, destroy bosses, and rocket jump. The cat can even eject from the suit to run around, swim(!), climb walls to reach new areas, and hop into missile-firing submarines.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Humble Store, and Switch via eShop. Check our coverage here.




June 4, 2019

Target Acquired: Reventure

Reventure - originally titled Lonk's Adventure - from Pixelatto, is an open-world retro-style platformer starring a fellow named Lonk who must rescue the kidnapped princess... but this is no ordinary adventure. The trick here is that the game features 100 different endings, and most of your major actions lead to one of these endings. Walk into a cave and pick up a sword from an old man who says "It's dangerous to go alone!", and then plunge the sword into the old man's chest to get Ending #1. Of course, you'll go to prison for a few years, but when you get out, the adventure continues, and you can look for the next ending. While the premise is simple, there is some strategy involved with exploring the world and finding these different endings, since each piece of equipment lets you do different things, but the more you're carrying, the lower your jump height. Throughout your adventure, you'll find a sword, shield, hookshot, bombs, and a chicken that lets you glide through the air (there are lots of Legend of Zelda references in case you haven't figured that out), among other things, and loads of silly humor to encounter along the way.

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




May 28, 2019

Target Acquired: Lapis x Labyrinth

Lapis x Labyrinth, from Nippon Ichi Software (NIS), is a feverish hacky slashy dungeon crawler starring a cast of colorful characters. The game offers eight character classes that you can literally stack - one character on top of the other - to attack enemies and unleash a flurry of gems in return. With a stack of four characters, you can swap between their abilities or team up to take down baddies, and defeating enough enemies lets you unlock Fever Time to unleash even more damage and get more gems. Fight your way through more than 100 monster types and a bunch of bosses in a labyrinth filled with treasure.

The game is now available for Switch via eShop and PS4 via PSN.




May 26, 2019

Target Acquired: Courier of the Crypts

Courier of the Crypts, from Emberheart Games, is a puzzle-based adventure that makes heavy use of light and darkness. You play a courier who must deliver a letter to the guardian of the crypts, but you soon find yourself trapped within the walls of said crypts, where dark forces have risen. You must use your magical torch to feel out the dark spaces, light new areas, and ward off enemies... but its energy drains with each passing moment. You'll need to solve puzzles in order to move forward, such as triggering floor plates and activating switches, along with some puzzles that specifically involve use of the torch. Various critters lurk in the depths, and your main weapon against them is a handful of rocks, so you need to know when it's best to fight, when it's best to run, and when you can use the environment to your advantage to sneak by.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Itch.io, and Humble Store. Check our coverage here.




May 23, 2019

New Blip: Xeno Crisis

Xeno Crisis, from Bitmap Bureau, is an arena shooter where you play a space marine - or a pair of them in 2P co-op - blasting through waves of alien baddies and rescuing survivors along the way, taking design inspirations from Smash TV, Alien Syndrome, and other arcade actioners. The game is comprised of seven themed areas, dozens of enemy types, grotesque end-level bosses, and plenty of weapons to destroy them all, including rifles, spread guns, flamethrowers, and rocket launchers, among others, along with upgrades to increase their damage output and ammo capacity. Procedural layouts mean the player will encounter different rooms on each run, and two difficulty modes let players choose their level of challenge (but you need to play on "hardcorps" to get the good ending).

The game was originally developed for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, and ported to Dreamcast and Neo Geo, and it will be released on PC, Mac, Linux, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, but does not yet have an announced release date.




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May 16, 2019

New Blip: Raider of the Ruby Chest

Raider of the Ruby Chest, from Cacareco Games, is a Game Boy Color-esque action adventure that takes inspiration from the Indiana Jones films. You play the part of a whip-wielding adventurer - although you're a young boy rather than a professor of antiquities - who dives into booby trapped ruins to seek out great treasures... and the mysterious Ruby Chest. Along the way, you'll travel through five themed areas, solve puzzle-platforming challenges, and face off against enemies and bosses. As you explore, you'll discover new tools and abilities that allow you to reach previously inaccessible areas metroidvania-style, including a block-bashing hammer, the ability to climb certain walls, and the ability to swim.

A demo in development for PC, Mac, and Linux, but it does not yet have an announced release date. A demo is available on the game's Itch.io page.




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May 14, 2019

New Blip: Whipseey and the Lost Atlas

Whipseey and the Lost Atlas, from Daniel A. Ramirez (game tweets), is a platformer starring a boy named Alex who finds himself in a strange world and transformed into a cute pink thing called Whipseey. Whipseey can hop-and-bop like many other platforming heroes, or he can use his whip to smash enemies or swing back and forth on grapple points, or he can spin it above his head like a helicopter to slowly glide to the ground. He travels through a number of colorful environments, including forests, deserts, frozen wastelands filled with toys, and even underwater caverns as he tries to make his way home.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this summer.




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May 12, 2019

Target Acquired: Boxboy + Boxgirl

Have you been following Hal Labs' charming Boxboy puzzle-platformer series? It's well worth a look, as the existing trio of 3DS-exclusives are simultaneously excellent and inexpensive. If you aren't familiar, be sure to check our coverage of Boxboy, Boxboxboy, and Bye-Bye Boxboy. In any case, the series is quite inviting, so even if you missed out on the others, or don't own a 3DS, you can still check out the newest game, Boxboy + Boxgirl. It's much bigger than its predecessors, weighing in at 270 levels, and it also includes a number of cooperative 2P stages for people who wish to team up. Per series conventions, there are some unlockables, including a playable character called Qudy, who is rectangular instead of square and will therefore create new gameplay challenges.

The game is now available on Switch via eShop. Check our coverage here.




May 9, 2019

New Blip: Spleen

The spleen is a part of your body that you don't think much about, but it serves an important function... and maybe you'll live a bit longer if you have a pamplemousse for breakfast (and maybe not). Spleen, from Pamplemousse Games, has nothing to do with any of that, and stars a young man in an action-RPG who hopes to recapture the excitement of his youth. As an adult, Johann interacts with his friends and coworkers, but as a kid, he wears a long scarf and carries along an oversized anime-style sword through a colorful hand-painted watercolor world, fighting tentacle monsters and other creatures on his way to defeat Spleen, a dark force that grows from the gloom of adulthood.

The game is coming to PC, with console versions following, but does not yet have an announced release date.




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May 8, 2019

Proximity Alert: GunLord X

Unless you're a really big Turrican fan, you might not have heard of GunLord, and that's because developer NGDEV released the game exclusively on the Dreamcast in 2012 (way beyond that system's official end of life)... but you haven't missed your chance to give it a try. GunLord X promises to bring "eurostyle" running, shooting, and exploration to your Switch console, with 11 stages and 60+ enemy types. You play the GunLord himself as he blasts his way through colorful baddies on a mission to rescue his wife, leaving explosions, chunky particles, and smoking husks in his wake. You also take to the skies in horizontal shmup sequences that see you blasting through enemy ships and other hulking monstrosities. You have a Turrican-esque beam weapon and an array of other armaments that you can cycle through, as well as a very strange Turrican-esque roll (really, it's a good idea to study up on Turrican before you sink your teeth into this), and you face off against some grotesque screen-filling bosses along the way.

The game is coming to Switch this month - May 22 to be exact - which is pretty exciting given that it was just announced today... and there's a five-and-a-half minute trailer to get you up to speed on the insanity that awaits your tender fingers.


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May 7, 2019

New Blip: Space Outlaw Alice

Space Outlaw Alice, from Hissatsu Studios, stars Alice (a space outlaw) who is on the run from the corrupt Earth government in the year 2378, so she runs, jumps, and shoots her way through a colorful array of baddies. On top of traditional action-platforming, she also gets to pilot a huge mech suit that lets her fly around and blast baddies in horizontal shmup sequences. The game is influenced by games NES/Famicom games and classic mecha anime, as evidenced by the game's straightforward mechanics, limited color palette, chiptune soundtrack, wacky character designs, and retro-style cutscenes.

The game is coming to PC this fall. A playable demo is available via the developer's website.




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May 2, 2019

New Blip: Sparklite

Sparklite, from Red Blue Games, is a lighthearted action-adventure set in a procedurally-generated landscape, but without that cut-and-paste feel you see in other such games. This game is set in a varied and vibrant world and features adorable animations... and it's filled with airships, swordplay, gunplay, colorful enemies, hidden treasures, and unlockable gadgets. You take on the role of an adventurer named Ada who goes up against The Baron, who is mining a material called Sparklite to power his war machines, polluting the land in the process. Ada travels the world to take out his defenses, fighting enemies and bosses before facing off against The Baron himself.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One this Fall.




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