Coming Soon: Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

A gothic metroidvania in the style of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, from Team Ladybug

New Release: Kemono Heroes

A colorful ninja actioner based on Japanese folklore for up to 4 players, from Mad Gear Games

New Release: Rocketron

A metroidvania with loads of guns and loads of enemy robots, from Astro Port

New Release: Out of Fix

A bite-sized precision platformer with a focus on air dashing, from PÔLE 3D

New Release: Wunderling

An engaging one-button platformer with a surprising amount of variety, from Retroid

April 2, 2020

New Blip: Something Ate My Alien

Something Ate My Alien, from Rokabium Games, is a digging-based puzzle platformer that appears to take inspirations from the Steamworld Dig series (which is totally fine given that those are the best digging-based puzzle platformers you can buy). You take on the role of an AI-infused robot named Antalasia who travels from planet to planet digging up treasures for a pirate who has hijacked it. Along the way, you blast your way through the local fauna, solve block-pushing puzzles (yeah, that's a bullet point), and avoid environmental hazards like corrosive substances, falling rocks, and flame traps, all while dealing with an ever-depleting oxygen supply (because robots needs oxygen?). You have six weapons at your disposal and you can collect items and energy to build and upgrade guns, mining equipment, oxygen tanks, and jetpacks.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux in June. Check the new trailer that just released today:




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April 1, 2020

New Blip: Kingdom Shell

Kingdom Shell, from Cup of Pixels, is a metroidvania done up in a stark 16-bit style. The Kingdom was once protected by a shell, but it has been broken, allowing corrupting forces and dark creatures to spill forth and attack the citizenry, even overrunning The Brotherhood that was sworn to protect it. Desperate, they reach out to Elias, a half man / half demon criminal who might just have the power to save them all. Elias travels through the Kingdom, assists its inhabitants, and fights back grotesque monsters and demon bosses with melee and projectile weapons.

The game is coming to PC soon.




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March 31, 2020

New Blip: LAZR - A Clothformer

Have you talked to your kids about clothforming? What started out as a cool-looking tech demo from Garrick Campsey has become a for-real video game called LAZR - A Clothformer. The game takes place in Alpha City in the year 2666 and stars Lazr, an artificial intelligence who transfers herself into a nuclear-powered robot body that allows her to climb through various destructible mesh environments and also shoot lasers out of her eyes. Since her body is basically just a shell, it's fully moddable, allowing players to activate auto-fire, reduce the shell's weight to make it more acrobatic, or make it impervious to explosions. The world is run by megacorporations, and players may make decisions about which missions to take on, leading to multiple endings. What sets the game apart are its overblown neon visuals and a focus on ascending through environments by way of malleable rope ladders, mesh nets, and other cloth-like substances, which may be sliced and burned by flying lasers and explosives, resulting in a high overall difficulty level. Skilled players may stay aloft by jumping, air-dashing, and frying enemies before they can return the favor.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Swtich, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One later this year. A demo is available on Itch.




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March 30, 2020

New Blip: Unbound: Worlds Apart

Unbound: Worlds Apart, from Alien Pixel Studios, is an atmospheric puzzle-platformer set in the world of Vaiya, which was recently ravaged and corrupted by an evil force. You take on the role of Soli, a wizard who managed to escape the attack... but his brother wasn't so lucky. Now he uses magic to open portals between parallel worlds to learn more about the catastrophe by exploring these alternate realities. The world is a dangerous place, filled with traps and dark creatures who mean you harm, but by creating a portal around yourself, you open a window into a world with different properties, potentially opening a blocked path, transforming a monster into something more innocuous, or even reversing the effect of gravity. Per puzzle platforming conventions, you will be pushing and pulling heavy blocks, activating switches to open doors, and avoiding many pits of spikes.

The game is coming to PC via Steam in May. If you'd like to give it a try, you can check out the free playable Unbound: Worlds Apart Prologue via Steam. A port is also planned for Switch at a later date.




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March 26, 2020

Target Acquired: One Step From Eden

One Step From Eden, from Thomas Moon Kang, is heavily inspired by the combat sequences in the Mega Man Battle Network series, which featured Mega Man facing off against evil robots on a 3x3 grid, while his enemies stood on their own 3x3 grid, and players had a deck of chips that they cycled through to perform various attacks, all the while moving around the grid to avoid incoming fire, and some chips allowed the player to alter the playfield. One Step From Eden is also a deckbuilding action-strategy game featuring eight playable characters, dozens of enemies, and more than 100 spells and game-altering items. The player and his enemies are each regulated to their own 4x4 grids, and they cycle through spells, dodge attacks, and attempt to deal damage in fast-paced battles. Players can also take part in 2P action with local co-op and versus modes. The game has a roguelike structure with procedurally generated content, encouraging multiple playthroughs, and also offers multiple endings.

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




March 25, 2020

New Blip: Outrider Mako

Outrider Mako (a.k.a. Outrider Mako ~露払いマコの見習い帖~), from Asamado Games (game tweets), is a top-down actioner set in a cute and colorful and world. You take on the role of Mako, and she has made a deal with a strange entity called Bumon, who operates Bumon Delivery Corporation. In exchange for making deliveries and carrying out other tasks around Mayoi, the world of the gods, she will be allowed to return to her own world. As items are requested by clients around Mayoi, Mako must venture out, gather them up, bring the materials over to a workbench, package them up, and ultimately deliver them... while also contending with enemies along the way. Mako can defend herself with melee slashes, hop on top of enemies and spray them with purple goo to stun them, or go rolling through town on a pagoda/tank, blasting everyone in her path during on-rails shooting segments.

The game is coming to PC later this year.




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March 24, 2020

New Blip: Castle in the Darkness 2

The original Castle in the Darkness was a retro-style action-platformer-RPG hybrid inspired by the classic Castlevania and Metroid games. Now, Matt Kapp has returned with fellow Binding of Isaac: Rebirth developer Simon Parzer under the new LABS Works label to deliver Castle in the Darkness 2. The new game starts things off by putting more H in your D with higher definition visuals, and also offers a faster pace with a protagonist that moves more quickly and has a wider array of moves at his disposal. The sword-wielding hero can slash enemies with great speed, perform dodge rolls to avoid projectiles and get behind foes, fire off powerful blasts of magic, perform lunging strikes, perform shield blocks and sidesteps, and even toss some weapons. The new game includes an inventory system, allowing players to store potions, keys, spell cards and other helpful items. The game also includes a metroidvania map for navigating individual areas and an overworld map when moving from location to location.

The game is coming to PC and possibly other platforms, but does not yet have an announced release date. Check the announcement trailer below, which also shows off some footage from the studio's other in-development title, Astalon: Tears Of The Earth.




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March 23, 2020

New Blip: Eldest Souls

Eldest Souls, from Fallen Flag Studio, is a tough-as-nails boss rush game where you battle against the powerful Old Gods, who have returned to take their vengeance upon humanity for imprisoning them. The vengeful deities turn the once verdant lands of the humans into deserts, taking away everything that humanity has gained since the Old Gods were locked away. Taking a page from games like Titan Souls or Jotun, the player takes on the role of a lone hero and faces off against impossibly large monsters that are seemingly impossible to defeat. The player explores the Citadel, prison of the gods, searching them out one by one, doing battle, and - if the player is skilled enough - killing each of them. Each god presents a unique combat scenario, and defeating them allows the player to gain access to some of their power, acquiring new abilities in the process.

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




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March 22, 2020

Target Acquired: Kemono Heroes

Kemono Heroes is the latest from Mad Gear Games, the studio behind the dark retro-style gravity-flipper A Hole New World. This time around, the studio offers a much more bright and upbeat game, which features four furry ninja masters on a quest to defeat the Moon God who has turned all of the villagers into stone. The game can be played alone or with a group in 4P local co-op, with each character equipped with a sword and an infinite supply of kunai, offering a flurry of furry action as the screen fills with enemies and projectiles. Players venture through four themed areas, with gameplay alternating between horizontal platforming, vertical ascent, a small bit of shmuppery, and several boss encounters. The game is presented in a 16-bit style and is steeped in Japanese folklore, but the overall tone is lighthearted and fun.

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




March 21, 2020

New Blip: Primal Light

Primal Light, from Fat Gem Games, is a melee-based action platformer. The game stars a nearly naked blue creature - named Inhabit Krog - who travels through brutal lands filled with traps and monsters. You must contend with crumbling platforms over pits of spikes, pillars that crush you into a spray of bones, and sundry swinging pendula and spike traps, as well as a variety of nasty enemies that toss projectiles, swing swords, and use magic to bring you down. Along the way, you learn new movement abilities to aid you in combat and environmental navigation, and you unlock some passive abilities as well. The game takes place across 10 linear levels, done up in a 16-bit arcade style, with each ending in a challenging boss encounter.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux on July 9. A demo is available on the game's Itch page.




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March 20, 2020

New Blip: Transmute

Transmute, from Evan Tor Games, is as metroidvania as metroidvanias get, taking direct inspiration from the Metroid series in its environments, atmosphere, and enemy designs. A year ago, an explosion rocked a scientific outpost, which has since been marked off limits. You take on the role of Mute, daughter of one of the scientists aboard the station, as she is sent in to investigate, determine what happened, and return home with any research she can find. Fortunately, Mute is no slouch in the adventure-platforming department, as she's skilled in combat and can acquire a variety of upgrades (all of which are entirely optional) in order to fully explore the station. She can wall jump, dash, perform spinning attacks, reprogram a drone to fight alongside her, call forth tentacles to block incoming projectiles, and blast creepy creatures, adversarial artificial intelligence, and vicious bosses through a large open world. Along the way, Mute uncovers more information about what happened at the outpost and, more importantly, what happened to her mother.

The game is coming to PC this spring.




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March 19, 2020

New Blip: Renaine

Renaine, from Octosoft, stars Aine, a Phoenix Knight who has the power to resurrect herself, who is on a mission to defeat a legendary dragon and avenge the death of her friend, Ren (Ren+Aine=Renaine). Each time she resurrects herself, the layout of the world changes and she loses her items and abilities, but some things remain unlocked for future runs. Aine travels through five themed lands of Lineria, a chunky pixellated landscape with a low color palette, and Aine herself is notably low on colors, mainly appearing in yellow with black highlights and an orange plume. While the palette may be that of classic 8-bit games, her animations are more robust, giving her a bit of charm as she slashes her way through enemies, stops to help NPC's, hops from platform to platform, and occasionally stops to quaff a potion. Aine can also purchase items in shops that grant her new abilities, such as tossing fireballs, grappling to enemies and walls, and even picking up a cute little pet chompy that follows her around and attacks enemies.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux later this year, followed by a version on Switch. A demo is available on the game's Itch page.




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March 18, 2020

New Blip: Dragon Blazers

Dragon Blazers (formerly known as Arcade Battlers), from Sylph embraces the over-the-top antics of the 16-bit arcade era by delivering a colorful beat 'em up with Toriyama-inspired visuals. A team of martial artists battles against an army of cyberninjas - and cyberbats and cybertigers, because that's the kind of stuff we got up to in the 90's - using punches, kicks, and special dragon powers as they fight to save the world. Players can go it alone or team up for local 2P co-op, with three playable characters available from the start, and three more unlockable. Players beat down basic enemies, bigger minibosses, and hulking end bosses through 20+ levels, and along the way, they can stop into shops to purchase new items and weapons. There's a bit of platforming as well, and a fair amount of humor with some silly enemies and animations.

The game is coming to PC on July 17, 2020.




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March 17, 2020

Target Acquired: Exit the Gungeon

Remember Enter the Gungeon? It was a gun-themed bullet hell roguelike dungeon crawler with an oddball sense of humor, where the ultimate reward was a gun that could kill the past. Well, Dodge Roll is back and teaming up with Singlecore for a follow-up -slash- spin-off called Exit the Gungeon. ("Just when I thought I was in, they pull me back out!") So the past got erased at the end of the first game (um, spoilers), creating a paradox that is causing the Gungeon to collapse, and your goal is to get out (in case you hadn't guessed that from the title). Instead of an overhead dungeon crawler experience, this is an ascent-based shooty platformer, which retains its roguelike bullet hell roots. Players must ride up elevators of various sorts, hover on top of balloons, and ride a number of mechanical contraptions on their way to the top of the ever-shifting Gungeon. Along the way, players must blast baddies, dodge bullets, and take on menacing bosses that would like to see them plummeting to their doom.

The game already came out on iOS last year (via App Store), but now it's available on PC via Steam and Switch via eShop. It's also planned for release on PS4 and Xbox later this year.



March 16, 2020

New Blip: Battle Axe

Henk Nieborg and Mike Tucker most recently teamed up on the arena-based sci-fi shooter Xeno Crisis. Now they're back with Battle Axe, an arcade-style actioner inspired by 80's and 90's fantasy adventures games, and it's all backed by music from famed composer Manami Matsumae. The game is set in the land of Mercia which has been held under the tyrannical rule of Etheldred for many years, until finally three champions from across the land rise up to face her: an elf, a wizard, and a marauder. The trio - each of whom have his or her own specialties - hack, slash, spellcast, and fire cannonballs (!) as they work their way through hordes of grotesque creatures and undead warriors, and players can go it alone or team up for 2P co-op.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One in the winter of 2021.




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March 12, 2020

Early Arrival: Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

Record of Lodoss War began as popular series of Japanese novels, and later went on to receive numerous manga and anime adaptations, as well as several video games, and it returns once again in the form of a metroidvania entitled Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth. The game is the result of a team-up between Team Ladybug (developers of Touhou Luna Nights, Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue, and KonoSuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Revival of Beldia) and Why So Serious? (developer of Gensokyo Night Festival), and stars Deedlit, the series' elven heroine, as she awakens in an unusual and unknown place and begins encountering some of her old friends. The game wears its Symphony of the Night inspirations on its sleeve, but increases the visual fidelity with higher resolutions and extremely smooth animations. Deedlit attacks with quick melee strikes using a variety of weapons, and she discovers some ranged weapons as well. In addition, she is able to absorb spirit energy by defeating enemies, allowing her to take advantage of these spirits' powers to increase her attack power, defense, and regenerative abilities.

The game is now available (one day early!) on PC via Steam Early Access to PC via Steam Early Access. Check our coverage here.




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March 11, 2020

Target Acquired: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

In case you don't already know, Ori and the Blind Forest is a wonderful game. It's an atmospheric metroidvania set in a beautiful world with well-crafted environments, an interesting moveset, and an emotional yet wordless story... and it was our 2015 Game of the Year. Microsoft and Moon Studios (game site) have returned with a sequel entitled Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which is once again set in a lush and beautiful world filled with amazing creatures, with an adventure-platformer setting where the player explores an open world and gains new abilities to reach new areas. The game stars Ori, this time on a quest to assist a young owl who comes from a tribe of owls that have been wiped out, presumably related to the villainous owl, Kuro, from the original game. This time around, Ori is able to access spells to combat his enemies, and wield melee- and projectile-based weapons, putting a heavier focus on combat over the more platforming-focused original... although there are some new environmental navigation abilities as well.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.




March 10, 2020

New Blip: There is No Light

There is No Light, from Zelart (game tweets), is a dark action-RPG set in a world where most of the population has been wiped out by some great catastrophe... but one man takes a stand. Now the world is filled with demons and other grotesque monstrosities that view you as a tasty morsel, and everything is covered in fleshy globs, spider webs, and piles of corpses. With a bit of skill, you can push the demons back and possibly save the world, which reacts to your actions, for better or worse. Armed with a sword and a healthy dodge roll, you fight through hordes of enemy creatures and hellish boss creatures across a nonlinear world, stringing together combos to fuel your rage and unleash more powerful attacks.

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




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March 5, 2020

Target Acquired: Wunderling

Wunderling, from Retroid, is a colorful platformer where you don't play the hero... instead, you control a henchman of the game's boss, and it's your job to stop the hero. You play as the titular Wunderling who has only recently learned the ability to jump, but he's a constantly-patrolling enemy, so he can't stop moving. He just keeps walking back and forth, and it's up to you to use his jumping ability to hop across gaps, avoid obstacles, and grab keys as you work your way through a dangerous spike-filled world. Along the way, you earn new boosting and wall jumping abilities to make you more agile as you try to catch up to the hero and destroy him.

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




March 3, 2020

Early Arrival: Metal Unit

Metal Unit, from JellySnow Studio (game site), is a fast-paced actioner set in a world where humans are fighting for survival against rampaging robots and ancient aliens. The last hope for the human race is Joanna, a warrior who is able to equip the powerful Metal Unit armor and fight against the forces that threaten them... and maybe get revenge upon her sister who has sided with the aliens. Joanna is able perform a wide variety of attacks, firing numerous projectile types, performing up-close melee strikes, unleashing deadly special attacks, and building up huge combos to lay the hurt on baddies and bosses. She is also quite agile and able to mount high platforms and dash quickly out of the way of danger. There is a large world to explore, with hidden areas and NPC's to interact with, and a story that changes depending on your dialogue choices. In addition, the game features roguelike elements, with death resulting in the conversion of items into points that can be used to unlock new skills and items.

The game is now available for PC via Steam Early Access.




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February 27, 2020

New Blip: Alwa's Legacy

In 2017, Elden Pixels released Alwa's Awakening, a metroidvania done up in the graphical style of the 8-bit era. The game stars Zoe, a heroine who is summoned from another world to save the land of Alwa from the evil Vicar by using her magical powers. Alwa's Legacy marks the return of Zoe - who doesn't remember visiting Alwa before - and she must once again save the land with her magic, but this time her spells can be upgraded for new effects. As before, the world is open and players can use magic to combat enemies and to navigate the environment, such as creating blocks that can be knocked into enemies, or creating bubbles that can be ridden upward to reach high platforms. Of course, Zoe can smack enemies with her magical staff to cause melee damage, which can also be enhanced with magic. The visuals have been given an overhaul as well, with the new game appearing more in line with the 16-bit era.

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




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February 25, 2020

Target Acquired: MoonQuest

MoonQuest, from Ben Porter, is a strange game starring a moonman (and some other characters) on a quest to bring light to his world by collecting moon fragments in a procedurally-generated action adventure. The world is surrounded by many moons, and these fragments may be found by exploring caves and tombs, or by killing creatures who have eaten them. The player hacks and slashes his way through a number of enemies, equips weapons and armor, and uses items to construct buildings. Adding to the game's odd humor are a number of helmets that cover the player character's face with traditional medieval armor, as well as others in the shapes of animal heads, including a cat and a pig. New weapons and armor may be purchased from merchants or forged by blacksmiths, and the player is able to find lots of items in the world that can be used and traded, and he can chop down trees and dig for treasure through the fully-destructible world.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Itch.




February 23, 2020

Target Acquired: Out of Fix

Out of Fix is the product of several students from PÔLE 3D, a 2D/3D animation school based in France, and was developed over the course of three months. The bite-sized precision/puzzle platformer takes place aboard a spaceship that has crashed onto an unknown planet. You take on the role of a maintenance robot that activates many years after the crash to find that the ship has been overrun by alien life forms. Fortunately, the robot can use these life forms to traverse the ship by attacking them, bouncing off of them, and dashing through them in order to stay aloft and avoid the ship's unusually high number of spike traps. As the game progresses, the player must complete more complex movement sequences, occasionally interspersed with platforms that disappear and reappear with each dash.

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




February 20, 2020

New Blip: Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

Record of Lodoss War began as popular series of Japanese novels, and later went on to receive numerous manga and anime adaptations, as well as several video games, and it returns once again in the form of a metroidvania entitled Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth. The game is the result of a team-up between Team Ladybug (developers of Touhou Luna Nights, Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue, and KonoSuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Revival of Beldia) and Why So Serious? (developer of Gensokyo Night Festival), and stars Deedlit, the series' elven heroine, as she awakens in an unusual and unknown place and begins encountering some of her old friends. The game wears its Symphony of the Night inspirations on its sleeve, but increases the visual fidelity with higher resolutions and extremely smooth animations. Deedlit attacks with quick melee strikes using a variety of weapons, and she discovers some ranged weapons as well. In addition, she is able to absorb spirit energy by defeating enemies, allowing her to take advantage of these spirits' powers to increase her attack power, defense, and regenerative abilities.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on March 13.




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February 19, 2020

Early Arrival: Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer, 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 now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam Early Access, and it's also planned for release on PS4 and Switch.




February 18, 2020

New Blip: Fury Unleashed

Awesome Games Studio, the developers behind the family friendly platformer Oozi: Earth Adventure, is back to wreck your sauce (ed note: your sauce will be fine) with Fury Unleashed, a fast-paced guns-a-blazin' actioner where you shred enemies across the pages of three comic books that contain randomized elements. You spray enemies with bullets from submachine guns, blast them with shotguns, torch them with flamethrowers, get up close for knife slashes, and warble-dee-doo them with alien weapons and advanced prototypes, and your attacks grow stronger as you string together combos. The game features customizable characters, a selection of weapons to bring into battle, and an extensive upgrade tree, along with 2P co-op for double the destruction as you fight your way through baddies and screen-filling bosses, with a heavy metal soundtrack blaring away in the background... just as nature intended.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch later this year. You can play the PC version now via Steam Early Access.




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February 13, 2020

New Blip: 30XX

In 2017, Batterystaple Games released 20XX, which featured colorful fast-paced robot action inspired by the Mega Man X series, but with a roguelike twist. And now, a mere 1,000 years later... er, a few years later anyway, they have returned with a follow-up entitled 30XX. The game once again features roguelike action with single player and 2P local or online co-op options. You take on the role of a blue armored character who can fire regular and charged buster shots similar to X, or a red armored character with a sword that plays more like Zero. Combat is fast and fluid with detailed characters, colorful environments, and lots of enemies and bosses ready for a good thrashing... plus new powers to unlock.

The game is coming to PC and consoles (probably PS4, Switch, and Xbox One if the prior game is any indication), but it does not yet have an announced release date... Probably sooner than 30XX though.




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February 11, 2020

New Blip: Exit the Gungeon

Remember Enter the Gungeon? It was a gun-themed bullet hell roguelike dungeon crawler with an oddball sense of humor, where the ultimate reward was a gun that could kill the past. Well, Dodge Roll is back and teaming up with Singlecore for a follow-up -slash- spin-off called Exit the Gungeon. ("Just when I thought I was in, they pull me back out!") So the past got erased at the end of the first game (um, spoilers), creating a paradox that is causing the Gungeon to collapse, and your goal is to get out (in case you hadn't guessed that from the title). Instead of an overhead dungeon crawler experience, this is an ascent-based shooty platformer, which retains its roguelike bullet hell roots. Players must ride up elevators of various sorts, hover on top of balloons, and ride various mechanical contraptions on their way to the top of the ever-shifting Gungeon. Along the way, players must blast baddies, dodge bullets, and take on menacing bosses that would like to see them plummeting to their doom.

The game technically already came out on Apple Arcade last year... but that doesn't really count. It's coming to PC this Spring so regular humans can play it, and it's planned for release on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One at or around the same time.




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February 7, 2020

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam.




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February 6, 2020

Early Arrival: 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 now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.




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February 3, 2020

Target Acquired: Rocketron

Rocketron is the latest from Astro Port, the developer behind mech-based actioners Gigantic Army and Steel Strider. But this time, rather than tromping around in a giant mech suit, you take on the role of a cyberhuman named B.L.A.M. (which is the name I'm planning to give to my first three children) as he explores a metroidvania landscape spread across six themed areas. B.L.A.M. starts the game with a basic rifle, but quickly earns a machine gun and a shotgun, followed by homing shuriken, rockets, and more, and each of these weapons may be swapped at will and upgraded to six increasingly powerful levels. However, if the player takes too much damage, he loses access to his equipped weapon temporarily, so the player must weigh the risk of using his favorite weapon during the tougher segments. There are loads of popcorn enemies, interspersed with a few heavier bots, and numerous hulking bosses.

The game will be available on PC via Steam this Friday (February 7). Check our coverage here.




January 30, 2020

New Blip: Tunche

Tunche, from LEAP Game Studios, is a beat 'em up with roguelike elements that allows for 4P cooperative play. The game is based on a Peruvian legend about a shapeless creature called Tunche that confronts people with their inner selves, leaving the weak to die. A group of explorers are on the hunt for Tunche, searching for it in the Amazon rainforest and using a combination of melee combat and shaman magic to combat enemies and bosses. The game has an illustrative aesthetic, offering hand-drawn characters, animations, and backgrounds.

The game is planned for release on PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, and it's arriving later this year. If you want to get a taste of the combat, you can check out Tunche: Arena, which is available for free on Steam.




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January 28, 2020

Early Arrival: Dark Raider

Dark Raider, from the curiously-named Unreal Dark Stud (game tweets), is a hack-and-slash actioner set within procedurally generated dungeons. It is the time of the apocalypse and mankind must now face its vengeful gods, except each group of people has its own religion and its own gods... and they're all attacking at once. Still, hope remains in the form of monster-filled dungeons. For each dungeon that is overcome, humanity will be granted one additional day of life, and perhaps even earn its redemption altogether. The game features three playable characters - a warrior, a mage, and a barbarian - each with his or her own unique moveset. The warrior attacks quickly with a sword, the mage uses projectiles and up-close magic blasts, and the barbarian uses a slow but powerful hammer, and he can absorb more damage. Characters can perform combos, dash, and counterattack, and they can each be upgraded unlock new abilities and more powerful attacks.

The game is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access.




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January 21, 2020

Proximity Alert: Kunai

Kunai, from TurtleBlaze, is a ninja-based metroidvania starring a character that's sure to get the game featured on Tiny Cartridge. You play as a robot ninja (inhabited by the soul of an ancient warrior, as these things happen) on a quest to destroy an artificial intelligence that has brought humanity to the brink of destruction. Action remains fast and furious as you slice up bad robots - and meet good ones - across cities, deserts, and airships. As you play, you unlock new weapons and abilities, including a katana that lets you kill enemies, slice bullets out of the air, and deflect missiles, along with a kunai-driven grappling hook that lets you swing around and cling to the ceiling, and twin Uzis that let you mow down rampaging androids and other no-good machines.

The game is coming to PC and Switch on February 6.




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January 20, 2020

Target Acquired: Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Yacht Club Games released Shovel Knight to much acclaim in 2014, and since that time, the studio has continued to put out expansions offering new playable characters and additional game modes... to the point where the already-substantial original game is just a small part of the whole package, now collected into Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The latest expansion, King of Cards, stars King Knight on a quest to become the king... of Joustus, a popular new card game that has taken the land by storm. Players may opt to engage in card playing, or forego this altogether to focus on the action, battling baddies and bosses across a huge number of bite-sized levels. King Knight uses a shoulder bash to strike enemies, which causes him to pop into the air and do a pirouette, which can be used to attack enemies, break blocks, and reach new areas, and he also earns supplemental special abilities by completing challenge levels.

The game is now available as a standalone download on some platforms, or as part of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, PS4 via PSN, PS3 via PSN, Vita via PSN, Switch via eShop, 3DS via eShop, Wii U via eShop, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

Check our coverage of King of Cards here. Check our coverage of Shovel Knight Treasure Trove here.




January 16, 2020

New Blip: Rune Fencer Illyia

Rune Fencer Illyia, from Nootbox Games, is an action-platformer starring the titular redheaded heroine as she traverses a lovely yet treacherous landscape packed with enemies, and the occasional friend. She had been travelling on an airship with her sister, Lilly, but the airship crashed and her sister is missing. As the title suggests, Illyia deals with her foes through swordplay, and as a "runist", she is also able to make use of runic magic to add to her offensive repertoire. Her powers also assist her in environmental exploration, as she is able to stop time, bash through solid objects, and even run across the ceiling. The game offers an open world to explore, and secret areas to discover, along with numerous enemy types and huge bosses.

The game is coming to PC later this year.




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January 14, 2020

Proximity Alert: Biomass

Biomass, from finalscenedev, is an action RPG set in a world where the last remnants of humanity reside within a trio of towers that jut up from endlessly-flowing floodwaters, and a lighthouse standing over it all. You are able to explore the sinking city and encounter the various factions of folk who live in the towers, choosing to align with them, fight against them, or remain a lone wolf... You take on human enemies and biomechanical monstrosities using your choice of beam sabers or guns, and you acquire items and equipment that affect your stats, or enable new abilities such as stealth movement. And yes, your beam sabers can slice bullets out of the sky, as they should.

The game is coming to PC on February 25. A demo is available on Itch.




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January 9, 2020

New Blip: Creature Keeper

Creature Keeper, from Fervir, is a colorful action-RPG set in a land where a sickness is spreading, causing creatures to go mad and begin attacking each other and the nearby townsfolk. As in many classic action-RPG's, you take on the role of an adventurer who finds himself pulled into a grand quest. As it turns out, the legends of a lone hero saving the world are true, and you gain the ability to communicate with wild creatures, eventually raising them and having them join you in combat. You can increase their skills through training, crafting, and cooking food from your garden (that occupies a limited space inside your pocket), and you gain new abilities and stat boosts by studying the creatures you encounter. There's a heavy focus on the action side of things, as you dive into fast-paced combat, slashing enemies with various melee weapons, shooting them with your bow and arrows, whacking them with your boomerang, or bashing them with your shield.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux and is expected to release in March of 2021. A demo is available on Itch.




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January 7, 2020

New Blip: Wunderling

Wunderling, from Retroid, is a colorful platformer where you don't play the hero... instead, you control a henchman of the game's boss, and it's your job to stop the hero. You play as the titular Wunderling who has only recently learned the ability to jump, but he's a constantly-patrolling enemy, so he can't stop moving. He just keeps walking back and forth, and it's up to you to use his jumping ability to hop across gaps, avoid obstacles, and grab keys as you work your way through a dangerous spike-filled world. Along the way, you earn new boosting and wall jumping abilities to make you more agile as you try to catch up to the hero and destroy him.

The game is coming to PC and Switch in early 2020.




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January 5, 2020

Target Acquired: Akumanor Escape DX

Akumanor Escape DX, by Michirin, is an expanded follow-up to Akumanor Escape, which was released as part of a GameBoy game jam. The DX version is in line with GBC specs, offering a limited color palette and an authentic chiptune score, while also expanding the game to include new levels, obstacles, and enemy types. Taking its inspirations from Castlevania and other gothic horror games, you take on the role of a girl who must escape a haunted castle, fighting bats, ghosts, skeletons and other enemies along the way, as well as several boss creatures. The game focuses primarily on platforming, as the player must search the castle for keys that open the way forward, with most keys found off the beaten path or in hidden areas, allowing for some nonlinear exploration. The game is short but challenging, and is meant to be completed in a single sitting.

The game is available to play in a browser or as a downloadable PC executable from Itch. Check our coverage here.



January 2, 2020

Target Acquired: MiniLAW: Ministry of Law

In MiniLAW: Ministry of Law, from Lasso Games, you take on the role of a law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city of New Babel (and let's face it, every city named New Babel is set in a dystopian future). As a Constable, you can opt to apprehend enemies using diplomatic tools or non-lethal force, or go in guns a-blazin' to blast baddies. Eliminating enemies grants you upgrade points that you can use to purchase new weapons and increase the movement and combat abilities of your exoskeleton, making you more effective and able to perform far beyond human capabilities, allowing you to sustain more damage, increase your strength, heal more quickly, etc... but your enemies have upgrades of their own, giving them access to powerful weapons and armored suits of their own.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Itch.