New Release: Spirits Abyss

A roguelike platformer filled with dark humor and arcane creatures, from Caiysware

New Release: Spinch

A psychedelic rainbow-filled fever dream of a platformer, from Queen Bee Games

New Release: Alwa's Legacy

An open-world metroidvania adventure and follow-up to Alwa's Awakening, from Elden Pixels

New Release: Crypt Stalker

A sidescrolling actioner inspired by the NES-era Castlevania games, from Sinclair Strange

New Release: Witcheye

A colorful retro-style actioner with lots of cute but dangerous enemies, from Moon Kid

November 24, 2020

Depths of Sanity

The submarine-based metroidvania subgenre is a sparsely-populated one, with the only other notable entries being The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human and Song of the Deep... but Bomb Shelter Games is here to change that with Depths of Sanity. You take on the role of the commander of a submarine called The Baroness (not just a sultry G.I. Joe villain any more) who is investigating a deep sea vibration that may be some kind of signal of unknown origin. The game takes place across a large interconnected world divided into themed areas, and you face incredible dangers as you descend into the depths. In order to fight off dangerous sea life and menacing bosses, you'll need to make use of an arsenal of weapons that you unlock over the course of your adventure. The game also features exploration and sees you navigating heavy currents using tow cables and moving through the darkness with only sonar pings to guide you forward... just try not to go insane.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One in 2021 and it's currently available for PC via Steam Early Access.

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

November 20, 2020

Target Acquired: Super Cable Boy

In Super Cable Boy, from Sørb Games, you take on the role of a sentient handheld gaming device who is on a mission to defeat an entity known as The Glitch before it can destroy the world. You are able to jump, dash, and wall jump, and you can also use your power cord to get through the levels. Spin your cord around to fling yourself into the air, grab onto the ceiling to grapple and swing, and latch onto conveyor belts or moving platforms to be pulled along. You can even use it in boss encounters to grab pieces of the boss and unplug them, or impact other elements of the arena. Over the course of your adventure, you find game cartridges that grant you new abilities, and you'll eventually be swapping between dimensions and flying through electrical currents.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.



November 17, 2020

New Blip: Neon Fusion

Neon Fusion, from Rodrigo Oak (game tweets), is an action-platformer set in a neon world. You take on the role of a robot named Ambar who is responding to a distress signal on what was assumed to be an abandoned space station. Upon arrival, however, Ambar finds the station filled with shambling crew members, aggressive enemies, environmental hazards, and active security systems, along with some menacing bosses. You travel through a large interconnected environment while rescuing survivors and gaining new abilities and weapons along the way, such as an air dash that lets you cross large gaps, a 3-way shot, and an ice projectile that allows you to freeze enemies... but projectiles and dash maneuvers draw from a recharging energy meter.

The game is coming to PC and is currently available via Steam Early Access.

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

November 10, 2020

New Blip: Rubi: The Wayward Mira

Rubi: The Wayward Mira, from Wayward Games, is a metroidvania set in a colorful world where science and magic intermingle. The planet of Casimir was once filled with abundant mana, but the Mira people have drained this mana to power their civilization, slowly killing the planet in the process. You take on the role of Rubi, a member of the Mira people who finds herself stranded on Earth. Only by opening a portal back to her home world can she save herself and her people. Her mission involves restarting the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and her actions can lead to multiple possible endings. Rubi combats enemies with a melee weapon and a beam weapon that can be upgraded to higher power levels. She can also make use of a phase ability that allows her to extend the distance of her jumps and pass through some solid objects. A gravity weapon allows her to target an area and fling herself in that direction, expanding her ability to explore the environment. She fights her way through fantasy and technological environments as she faces off against strange creatures, security systems, transformed humans, and bosses.

The game is coming to PC and Switch in 2021. A demo is available on Itch.

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

November 8, 2020

Target Acquired: Crypt Stalker

Crypt Stalker is the latest retro-style actioner from Sinclair Strange, the developer behind Jet Gunner and Running VoltGun. The game is modeled after the NES-era Castlevania games, offering sidescrolling stages where you whip demonic enemies, or take them down from a distance with limited-ammo secondary weapons. The game also features some tough platforming challenges as you run across conveyor belts, use your whip to swing between grapple points, and fight enemies while hopping between moving platforms. You take on the role of a Crypt Stalker named Gladys as she hunts down demons that have opened a portal into the human world, emerging from the pyramids of Egypt. The main game takes place across nine sizeable stages, although the game also includes a 6-level easy mode, and a completely separate 4-level Gameboy-themed game, along with challenge levels and a boss rush, all in one package.

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

November 7, 2020

Target Acquired: Mechblaze

Mechblaze (a.k.a. MECHBLAZE) is the latest mech combat game from Astro Port and a continuation of the shared "Astro Saga" universe, which includes Gigantic Army, Steel Strider, and several other games. Argo Express, an undercover military organization that uses a delivery service as its front, is once again called upon to make a special delivery... of steel! (Cue wailing electric guitars!) It's the year 1989, and humankind is taking a well deserved break after the defeat of the extraterrestrial Gogoh Army, but peace doesn't last long. A secret society executes a worldwide attack, and you take on the role of a Manned Combat Robot pilot as you blast the hell out of other mechs, war machines, and massive bosses. The game features six action-packed stages, 13 different weapons, and a range of difficulty levels to suit newcomers and mech combat veterans alike.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.