New Release: Turrican Flashback

A compilation of four classic and highly influential eurostyle shooters, from Factor 5

New Release: Adventure Bit

An single-screen actioner modeled after classic MSX games, from Seep

New Release: Summer Catchers

A road trip game about a girl from the north on a journey to find summer, from FaceIT

New Release: Cathedral

A retro-style metroidvania set in an expansive world, from Decemberborn Interactive

New Release: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

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

March 3, 2021

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

Early Arrival: Revita

Revita, from Ben Star, is a roguelike actioner with chunky visuals, fast gameplay, and twin-stick controls. You take on the role of an amnesiac in search of their lost memories as you climb a procedurally-generated clock tower while fighting your way through enemies and bosses... and you're sent back to the bottom if you fail. In addition to twin-stick shootery, you can also perform air dashes and wall slides, and you can find run-specific powerups to unleash more firepower... eventually reaching ridiculous levels of bullet fury. Along the way, you'll encounter a cast of characters who may be able to aid you on your travels.

The game is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access

February 22, 2021

New Blip: Ancient Abyss

Ancient Abyss, from Screambox Studio, is a Zelda-like roguelike hack-and-slash(-like) where you descend into... well an ancient abyss presumably. As you explore a procedurally-generated labyrinth, you gain strength and gather items to help you descend further, per genre conventions. You take on the role of a ponytailed lass who explores a dangerous world by running, rolling, and swimming her way through overgrown environments and ancient contraptions, while learning new skills that allow her to reach hidden areas and previously inaccessible treasures. Along the way, she engages in combat with enemies and bosses using a variety of weapons, including swords, hammers, firearms, throwable bombs, and even her fists.

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

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

February 21, 2021

Target Acquired: Summer Catchers

Summer Catchers, from FaceIT and Noodlecake Studios, is a road trip game about a northlander who has never experienced summer, and so she sets out on an adventure to find it. She starts by driving a rickety hand-made car through the procedurally generated wintry woods, bashing through obstructions, jumping over pits of ice, and boosting over hills... and this is done in a deck-builder style with abilities dealt to the player, which may be used or discarded in favor of another random draw. Along the way, she makes many friends, each of whom has tasks that she must help them complete before she can move on, but she can write them letters from the road. As she moves across the plains, the desert, and even lava-filled caves, she encounters new obstacles and objectives that she must navigate by using her bag of tools. The endless runner-style gameplay offers a fair amount of randomness and relies a bit on luck, but it's a generally casual experience - outside of some boss encounters - where players are always making progress toward their end goal.

The game has been out for a while on PC and Mac via Steam, iOS via App Store, and Android via Google Play, but it's newly available on Switch via eShop and supports a controller or touchscreen interface. Check our coverage here.

February 15, 2021

Target Acquired: Adventure Bit

Adventure Bit, from Seep, is an MSX-style action platformer starring Harry and Lana, a pair of adventurers hunting for treasure in an ancient Aztec temple. Armed with only a whip, you take on 96 single-screen environments across six difficulty settings that slowly unlock as you play, starting out very easy and then escalating to a expert levels. Standing in your way are snakes, bats, mummies, and armed guards, and numerous traps, along with some pesky ghosts that can only be destroyed with fire. Interspersed throughout the temple are treasure rooms that award 1UPs if you are quick enough, and every level contains a valuable crystal skull. Play alone or with a friend in local 2P co-op.

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

February 11, 2021

New Blip: Kitsune Tails

Kitsune Tails is the result of a collaboration between Kitsune Games (Super Bernie World) and MidBoss LLC (2064: Read Only Memories). This is a game about Japanese mythology, a love of Super Mario Bros. 3, and diverse gender relationships. You take on the role of a fox-eared, purple-haired, puffy-tailed kitsune girl who sets out on an adventure through a colorful world. Along your journey, you'll hop across platforms, bop enemies on the head, and make use of costumes that change your abilities... including a shark, a dragon, a ninja, and even an outfit that looks very much like Kuribo's shoe. You'll explore five themed worlds and numerous haunted houses, facing off against enemies and bosses, and picking up objects and enemies to overcome environmental challenges.

The game is coming to PC, Linux, PS4, and PS5 in Winter of 2022.

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

February 8, 2021

New Blip: 玄女诛魔录

玄女诛魔录, or Xuán Nǚ Zhū Mó Lù, is a metroidvania from developer 青岛三脚猫工作室 (Qīngdǎo sānjiǎo māo gōngzuò shì). You take on the role of a demon-slaying warrior goddess known as Jiutian Xuannü as she travels through six themed worlds searching for the answer to an ancient mystery. The game features hand-painted art and animations, paired with flashy effects that add life to the action. Jiutian Xuannü is a capable heroine who can dash, double jump, and climb through the environment, and she uses her sword and magic spells to fight dozens of demonic enemy types and boss creatures. She can perform combos to slash her way through enemies and obstacles, or use balls of flame to hit targets at a distance, and she meets NPC's that aid her in her journey.

The game is now available for PC via Steam Early Access.
To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.

February 2, 2021

New Blip: Revita

Revita, from Ben Star, is a roguelike actioner with chunky visuals, fast gameplay, and twin-stick controls. You take on the role of an amnesiac in search of their lost memories as you climb a procedurally-generated clock tower while fighting your way through enemies and bosses... and you're sent back to the bottom if you fail. In addition to twin-stick shootery, you can also perform air dashes and wall slides, and you can find run-specific powerups to unleash more firepower... eventually reaching ridiculous levels of bullet fury. Along the way, you'll encounter a cast of characters who may be able to aid you on your travels.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access later this year.

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

January 31, 2021

Target Acquired: Turrican Flashback

Turrican Flashback was developed by Factor 5, the studio behind the Amiga ports of the first two games in the Turrican series, and developers of the Turrican series sequels, and also the developers behind the popular Star Wars: Rogue Squadron trilogy. Turrican Flashback offers four classic games in the Turrican series, including the original Turrican, Turrican II: The Final Fight, Mega Turrican, and Super Turrican. The first two games were seminal titles in the eurostyle shooter genre were some of the best graphical, audio, and gameplay showcases available on the Commodore 64 and Amiga systems, which led to several follow-ups in the ensuing years... but the series went by the wayside once the 3D era began. This collection offers four of those classic games and adds modern niceties like save states, a rewind feature, and the ability to add scanlines and curvature to simulate CRT displays.

The game is now available for Switch via eShop and PS4 via PSN. Check our coverage here.

Strictly Limited Games is also selling physical editions of Turrican Anthology, which contains a different and more expansive collection of games. Volume 1 of the anthology contains:
  • Turrican (Amiga)
  • Turrican 2 (Amiga)
  • Super Turrican (SNES)
  • Super Turrican Director's Cut (SNES) - previously exclusive to the Analogue Super NT
  • Mega Turrican Score Attack (Genesis)
Volume 2 of the anthology contains:
  • Turrican 3 (Amiga)
  • Mega Turrican (Genesis)
  • Mega Turrican Director's Cut (Genesis)
  • Super Turrican 2 (SNES)
  • Super Turrican 1 Score Attack (SNES)

January 28, 2021

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam and GOG, PS4 via PSN, Switch via eShop, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.


January 27, 2021

Target Acquired: 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 and is also planned for release on Switch later this year.

January 26, 2021

Target Acquired: Cyber Shadow

Cyber Shadow, from developer Aarne Hunziker, is a throwback to classic ninja games, starring a blade-wielding warrior with access to elemental-based special attacks... provided you are willing to take the lives of your clansmen; otherwise, you can go the tougher route of taking on enemies with just your sword. Those who move beyond the sword will find fast-flying shuriken, a fire attack, and explosive kunai. Players can expect classically-tough gameplay with loads of ninja enemies, as well as flying robots, deadly machinery, and and huge bosses ready to mete out a swift end.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.


January 20, 2021

Target Acquired: 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, and it's coming soon for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.


January 19, 2021

New Blip: ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights, from Live Wire (game tweets), stars a girl named Lily who awakens to a world that has fallen into ruin due to a cursed rain that transforms living beings into undead creatures. The game is an open-world metroidvania with multiple paths of travel available, and new skills unlocked by defeating creatures known as the Blighted. Lily begins her journey in the basement of an ancient church, emerging into the rain-soaked Kingdom of End. This gloomy landscape holds beauty, as nature has overrun the workings of mankind and bloomed into lovely flora, but the world is now inhabited by deadly beasts that Lily must fight as she uncovers its mysteries. Throughout her journey, Lily defeats bosses to free the spirits of long-dead warriors that aid her in her quest, allowing her to attack with swords, bows, magic, and more, and granting her new environmental traversal abilities.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on Thursday (1/21), with the full version due this Spring on PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox S/X.

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

January 13, 2021

Early Arrival: 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, and a level editor.

And you don't have to wait until the 30XX to play it, becuase it will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 17, with releases on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One to follow.






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