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: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

A brutal isometric action-RPG filled with grotesque creatures, from Still Running

December 29, 2020

New Blip: Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf, from Delta Shore Games (game tweets), is a Mega Man-style action platformer set in a colorful world. You take on the role of Leaf, a treasure hunter who recently discovered a pair of magical gauntlets, which he must use to defeat the vile oppressor that he accidentally awakened. The game also features two other playable characters in the form of the pink-haired Petal and the helmet-wearing Thorn. Grabbing more powerful gauntlets allows you to unleash stronger projectile attacks, and there are loads of different subweapons with different firing types... plus loads of areas to blast your way through, with more than 70 levels on offer. The whole experience is done up in a classic 8-bit style with bright colors, charming enemy designs, and an upbeat chiptune soundtrack.

The game is coming to PC and Mac in 2021.

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

December 26, 2020

New Blip: Olija

Olija, from Skeleton Crew Studio, is a swashbuckling adventure set in an Asian fantasy world and featuring a group of castaways who have found themselves stuck in the country of Terraphage. A man named Faraday leads the group on a mission to escape the clutches of a mysterious woman named Olija, aided by his trusty harpoon. This harpoon serves many purposes, allowing Faraday to slice through ropes, slash through enemies, and zip to the harpoon's location to quickly traverse dangerous trap-filled environments. He can even impale an baddie and pull himself to the enemy's position to deliver a killing blow. This versatile weapon allows players to strategically target enemies from a distance, attack in multiple directions, and get up close for fast-and-furious melee action with a number of secondary weapons.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on January 28.


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

December 23, 2020

Target Acquired: Super Meat Boy Forever

Super Meat Boy Forever, from Team Meat, is a sequel to Super Meat Boy, and once again features Meat Boy and Bandage Girl... only this time, they have a child named Nugget, and Nugget has been kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. So, the duo splat into action and try to rescue their sweet baby. This time around, instead of venturing through pre-made levels, the game world regenerates itself dynamically into harder and harder versions of itself, but built out of pre-made chunks to avoid sending the player into a hell of random objects. Also, instead of just being able to jump, Meat Boy and Bandage Girl can now punch their enemies in the face, and perform a jump attack, dive, and slide to deal with enemies and navigate quickly around saw blades and other obstacles.

The game is now available for PC via Epic Games Store and Switch via eShop, and it's also planned for release on PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android.




December 15, 2020

New Blip: Sir Lovelot

Sir Lovelot is the latest from pixel.lu, the studio behind Sigi - A Fart for Melusina. This precision platformer stars the titular knight on a quest to find love by impressing maidens with acts of platforming - and some lovely gifts - across the kingdoms of Lululand. Sir Lovelot dashes across 40+ dangerous levels displaying derring do by defeating dastardly enemies, hopping across pits of spikes, outrunning rolling stone skulls, and blasting baddies with bullets. Fortunately, the knight is a capable hero, able to double jump, dive under the water, climb vines, grab ledges, and discover secrets like golden-egg-laying geese to impress greedy princesses.

The game is coming to PC on February 12, 2021, and if you follow the European style of date numbering, that's a palindrome (12022021). It's also coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on the less sexy date of March 3, 2021.

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

December 9, 2020

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam and GOG, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Stadia via Stadia Store, and it's coming to Switch via eShop on December 17.




December 6, 2020

Target Acquired: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes, from Still Running, is an isometric action-RPG featuring grotesque monsters and brutal bloody kills. You are on a mission to defeat the Seven Acolytes, creatures that have gained incredible power by allowing themselves to be possessed by malevolent deities... but these deities cannot act without bodies, so destroying the hosts will rid the world of them. You slash your way through enemies and bosses, spilling buckets of blood, looting corpses for weapons and items, and spending skill points on stat-boosting blessings. The game features multiple weapon types that can be enchanced with elemental effects, including some limited-ammo projectile weapons that allow you to strike from a distance.

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


December 2, 2020

New Blip: Akurra

Akurra, from Jason Newman and Craig Collver, is an isometric block-pushing puzzler that mixes in open world exploration, inspired by the likes of Chip's Challenge, StarTropics, Adventures of Lolo, Sokoban, and The Legend of Zelda. You explore a series of five islands that see you trekking through caverns and jungles, climbing mountains, and navigating pools of lava alongside an active volcano. Each island is packed with puzzles and secrets, many of which are solved by pushing gigantic blocks that can smash through pieces of the landscape or be dropped in holes and used as stepping stones, clearing the way to keys and other items that unlock the path forward. Puzzles become more complex as the game goes on, but the open world nature of the environments lets you take off and explore elsewhere if you get stuck.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Switch in June of 2021. A demo is available on Steam and Itch.

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