New Release: Roar of Revenge

A barbarian actioner set in a mythical world and inspired by Rastan and Faxanadu, from Seep

New Release: B.I.O.T.A.

A chunky retro-style actioner set on an alien-infested asteroid, from Small Bros

New Release: Remote Life

A horizontal shmup with twin stick shooter controls and prerendered visuals, from Next Game Level

New Release: Pocky & Rocky Reshrined

A combination of remake and brand new adventure, with new characters and abilities, from NatsumeAtari

New Release: Below the Ocean

A subaquatic puzzle-platformer focused around a diver's oxygen tether, from Ismael Rodriguez

July 5, 2022

New Blip: Toasty: Ashes of Dusk

Toasty: Ashes of Dusk, from Pocket Llama, is an action adventure starring a young Marshmallow Knight named Marshall (yes, Marshall the Marshmallow) who is on a mission to save the world of Geldia from an evil wizard named Llarm (you can't spell "marshmallow" without "llarm"). Marshall awakens in a forest with no knowledge of who he is, but he's carrying a sword and shield emblazoned with the crest of Geldia. As a marshmallow, he is able to make use of his various marshmallowy attributes, such as the ability to squish down to fit in tight spaces, roll quickly along the ground, and set his fat marshmallow head on fire to light torches, solve environmental puzzles, and... run around with his head on fire like Johnny Blaze. Of course, he can also use his sword and shield - and several other items - to fight an array of colorful enemies and boss creatures to become the hero that Geldia needs.

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

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

June 27, 2022

New Blip: Rotwood

Klei Entertainment is the studio behind Shank, Mark of the Ninja, and Don't Starve (among others), and now they've returned to their clobbery roots with Rotwood, a hacky-slashy dungeon-crawly rogue-likey buttstomper. Dive in alone or bring along some friends for 4P online co-op as you pummel your way through a forest filled with dark creatures and evil vegetables (!?). The game features arena-style combat with enemies attacking from every direction, along with boss and miniboss encounters... all rendered in a charming cartoony style. Defeat enemies and grab loot to craft weapons, armor, and fortifications for your home base.

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

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

June 25, 2022

Target Acquired: Pocky & Rocky Reshrined

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined, from NatsumeAtari, doubles as a remake and a brand new adventure. The game starts out as a single player experience (2P is unlocked after you beat the game) where Pocky fights her way through familiar enemies and locations. But at the end of the second level, things get turned on their head as a villain alters the timeline and sends Pocky on a new path. Pocky is joined by her faithful friend Rocky, along with three additional companions, all of whom become playable during the course of the adventure. The game features the same colorful fantasy shooting and deflecting that you remember from the classic SNES games, along with several new abilities, new levels and bosses, and a strange time-bending story that ties it all together. And when it's all over, have your buddy grab a controller as you select from one of five playable characters for a new take on that classic couch co-op experience.

The game is now available for Switch via eShop, and PS4 via PSN, with physical versions available to preorder via Gamesrocket. Check our coverage here.

June 17, 2022

Target Acquired: Final Vendetta

Bitmap Bureau, the developers behind Xeno Crisis, have returned with Final Vendetta, a beat 'em up done up in the style of 90's-era arcade games like Capcom's Final Fight and Konami's... well, Vendetta, starring a cast of colorful characters and 1P or 2P co-op action. Per genre conventions, you team up with some martial arts dudes and set off to rescue your kidnapped sister from a street gang the only way you know how... by beating the holy ass out of every human being who crosses your path and eating hearty snacks off the ground. You've got your choice of three playable characters: the acrobatic Claire, the bare-knuckle boxer Duke, or the mullet-coiffed wrestler Miller. In addition to six areas of belt-scrolling arcade action, the game offers versus, survival, and boss rush modes, plus an intense soundtrack and smoother-than-the-90's animations.

The game is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

Target Acquired: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Let's face it, if you're on 2D RADAR, then you probably already know there's a new Turtles game out, but here's the news in case you've been shellshocked...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sewers (or something), the frantic 4P TMNT beat 'em up action of the arcade is back with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, from Tribute Games. You may remember Tribute Games as the studio behind Panzer Paladin, Flinthook, and loads of other kickass 2D video games, and while Konami is off doing who-knows-what, Tribute is bringing their 2D pedigree and charming sprite art to everyone's favorite heroes-in-a-half-shell (turtle power!). So you'd have had to have been living under a rock(steady) to be unaware of the turtles or their famous arcade games (or cartoon, or originating comics, etc.), but just in case... you take on the role of one of four ninja turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo - April, Splinter, and Casey Jones are playable too! - as you go up against tons of foot soldiers, other mutant baddies, and the Shredder himself, with all of the 80's/90's cartoon glory perfectly preserved and character designs ripped straight outta Turtles in Time... there are no brooding angry Justice League wannabes here. This is classic gnarly brawler action for everyone who grew up with the radical arcade games or the SNES ports. These turtle boys don't cut 'em no slack!

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

June 15, 2022

New Blip: Gunbrella

From Doinksoft, the creators of Gato Roboto, comes a game with lots more colors, but lots fewer kitties in weaponized exoskeletons (presumably). Gunbrella is set beneath the darkened sky of some dystopian landscape that's filled with bad mofos, mutants, and monsters. You take on the role of a woodsman -slash- amateur detective as he investigates the seedy underbelly of a chaos-wrought world on a mission of revenge. The weather is cloudy with a chance of bullets, but fortunately you've packed your gunbrella, which doubles as a weapon and an environmental navigation tool. Summon your inner Penguin and use the gunbrella to glide through the air, bash enemies, deflect bullets, and of course... fire your gun.

The game is headed to PC and Switch in 2023.

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

June 14, 2022

New Blip: Shinobi non Grata

Sometimes the title of a game just jumps right up and bops you in the moon unit, and one such game is Shinobi non Grata, from Studio Pico and Esquadra. Matching that outlandish title is an equally dweezil-popping actioner with about eleventeen colors and larger-than-average sprites for such a retro-looking game. It's Japan, it's 1838, and a bunch of bad guys just made friends with some demons so they can rise to power. But a lone demon-killing shinobi stands against them... Kaina uses his murasame sword to slice through his enemies, tosses shuriken and bombs, swings a kusarigama, and makes use of a number of magical abilities, such as firing electrical bolts or creating shadow versions of himself. Fight your way through loads of baddies, traverse dangerous environments, and defeat giant demon bosses.

The game is coming to PC later this year. A demo is available on Steam.

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

June 12, 2022

Target Acquired: Remote Life

Remote Life, from Next Game Level, is a horizontal shmup with twin stick shooter controls, set in a dark Giger-esque alien hellscape. You take on the role of John Leone, a pilot tasked with entering a gigantic alien hive that's slowly making its way toward Earth. You have access to an array of 20+ weapons, along with the occasional time-limited options, super weapons, turrets, and mobile assault platforms. In addition to fighting your way through enemies, you must avoid lots of environmental hazards, including doorways that open and shut and fast-moving alien machinery, with gameplay changing up in some levels to allow for free exploration within enclosed environments. The game uses 3D pre-rendered sprites to create realistic environments with a foreboding tone, and some truly terrifying boss creatures.

The game has been on PC via Steam for a while, but it was just ported to consoles, so it's now available for Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store. Check our coverage here.

June 3, 2022

Target Acquired: Belle Boomerang

You know what? There just aren't enough boomerangs in video games. Sure, we get plenty of boomeranging bad guys, but what about us adventurers? Where's our boomerangageddon!? Well, Narwhalnut is here to shore up our boomerang deficit with Belle Boomerang, starring a young lady (named Belle) who can 'rang with the best of 'em. The game is a retro-style platformer done up in the classic 8-bit style with chunky chunks and blippy blips. In a tale as old as the games that inspired it, the people of the land have been transformed into cute monsters, with the monarchs becoming boss beasts. Belle is able to learn the abilities of her enemies, making use of eight different powerups that aid her in combat and environmental navigation.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.

Target Acquired: Souldiers

Souldiers, from Retro Forge Games, is a retro-style action-adventure set in a colorful fantasy world. You play as one of a trio of characters who suddenly find themselves transported from a battlefield in their own world to a place called Terragaya. Terragaya is a land that seems to sit at the border of the afterlife, offering a chance for these warriors to revive their fallen comrades. Each of the three playable characters has different abilities, with an archer who can strike quickly from a distance, a scout who attacks with a sword, and a caster who uses magic to strike enemies at close and medium range. Players explore a large interconnected world populated by a variety of detailed enemies and boss creatures while platforming, solving environmental puzzles, searching for artifacts, and upgrading their abilities along an expansive skill tree to increase their effectiveness in combat.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Epic, and GOG, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

May 11, 2022

Target Acquired: Source of Madness

Source of Madness, from Carry Castle, is a roguelike actioner set in a dark Lovecraftian world... but not Lovecraftian in the typical video game sense of over-tentaculated monsters looming in the distance, but rather true eldritch horrors that are made up of amalgamations of flesh that twitch and scurry and slither and sometimes break into gibby bits as you furiously cast spells to blast them into oblivion. As an acolyte, you set out across a dangerous landscape overrun by ancient horrors as you attempt to open a pathway to the moon. Your odds of survival are quite low, but fortunately there are many other recruits who will unwillingly follow in your footsteps when you fall. Permanent upgrades unlock as you make progress, including new character classes with different spells and abilities, and you can pick up or purchase useful items on each run. Do you have what it takes to die many horrible deaths in service to the cult of the Tower of Knowledge? Yes you do. But can you learn from your deaths and fight your way through the lurking terrors?

The game is now availalbe for PC via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One and Xbox X/S via Microsoft Store. Check our coverage here.

May 10, 2022

Target Acquired: Salt and Sacrifice

Salt and Sacrifice is the follow-up to Salt and Sanctuary, a soulslike developed by Ska Studios, which has been cranking out indie hits for more than a decade, starting during the era of Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Live Indie Games with such titles as Charlie Murder, The Dishwasher duology, and yes, even I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1. The game is being developed in cooperation with Devoured Studios. In Salt and Sacrifice, you take on the role of a Marked Inquisitor who is tasked with hunting down the world's mages and putting them to the sword... or a variety of other weapons that you can forge by way of an extensive crafting system, and you literally create and modify weapons using the body parts of the mages you kill. Per genre standards, enemies are tough, and bosses are tougher, so you'll have to polish your skills if you hope to live for more than a few minutes in this harsh and unforgiving world, but you can bring in some help via local or online 2P co-op.

The game is now availalbe for PC via Epic Games Store, and PS4 and PS5 via PSN.

May 4, 2022

Target Acquired: Loot River

Loot River, from straka.studio, is a dungeon-shifting hack-and-slash roguelike actioner with intense bloody combat set in a dark world filled with sexy grotesque pixels. You have the power of an ancient relic that allows you to shift platforms beneath your feet and slide them around to solve spatial puzzles, traverse the environment, and aid you in combat. Rearrange platforms to lure enemies to your position, dodge attacks, and perform hit-and-run strikes. Along the way, you pick up new items and equipment, gain new abilities, and spend points to level up your stats. Turn baddies and bosses into blood sausage with an array of weapons, spells, and huge smashy blocks.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

May 2, 2022

New Blip: Moonscars

Moonscars, from Black Mermaid (game tweets), is a soulslike slasher set in a dark and unforgiving world. You take on the role of a clayborne warrior known as Grey Irma who is on a mission to find the Sculptor and learn more about her existence. Per genre conventions, the challenge level is high, and the only way to make your way forward is to die, learn, and die again. The game offers nonlinear exploration in a lovely (mostly grey) world, along with slick and brutal combat animations as you use magic and cleave your way through creatures of the night and grotesque bosses.

The game is coming to PC this summer.

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

May 1, 2022

New Blip: The Knight Witch

Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, the (super awesome hyper dimensional mega) team behind Rise & Shine, returns with The Knight Witch, a metroidvania with shmup-style gameplay set in a lovely hand-drawn world. You take on the role of a Knight Witch who wields melee weapons and card-based spells to fight against the War Golem invasion. Build your deck with dozens of spell cards to alter your combat strategies, and grow your strength to fight more powerful enemies and hulking boss monsters. Being a witch, you are capable of flight, so you'll be exploring in every direction - and fighting enemies in every direction - as you traverse a large open world.

The game is headed to PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S later this year.

April 28, 2022

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam.


Target Acquired: Haiku, the Robot

Haiku, the Robot, from Mister Morris Games is a charming action-adventure set in a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust. You take on the role of the eponymous Haiku, a robot on a mission to save what's left of a broken world that is now filled with corrupted machinery. While most robots are out to destroy you, you will make some friends along the way, and discover new abilities that allow you to further explore the large open wasteland. Haiku must run, jump, roll, dash, wall jump, and grapple through the world while using his ground slide quick sword swipes to take down mechanized enemies and bosses.

The game is now available on PC and Mac via Steam, and it's also planned for release on Switch.

Target Acquired: Rogue Legacy 2

Rogue Legacy was a pretty big hit, so what do you do when that happens? You make another one! Cellar Door Games, the studio with the euphonic name, returns with Rogue Legacy 2, a game where you play as a line of descendants - each with different abilities - as they fight through a procedurally generated world. You never know what you're going to get, but you do control how you tackle the world, so you can take things slow and easy to build up your character for the current run, or go bananas and try to get as deep as you can. While each player character is lost forever when they die, you can upgrade certain stats to give your child a better chance at survival. The new game offers an enhanced visual style, a new selection of weapons, and more environmental variety... as well as metroidvania elements that let you unlock new abilities to expand your exploration.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Epic, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.


April 21, 2022

Target Acquired: Anuchard

Anuchard, from stellarNull, is a fantasy-themed action-RPG set in Anuchard, a once-great land that was protected by five guardians... until the guardians abandoned the people, and civilization fell, leaving only a dungeon behind. You take on the role of the Bellwielder of legend, tasked with entering this dungeon to fight the monsters and solve the puzzles within, in order to restore the souls of the Anuchardians. As the Bellwielder, your primary weapon is a huge bell - known as the Audros Bell - which you use to smash enemies and knock them back into each other and other objects, and you can knock objects around to combat enemies and solve puzzles. As you rescue villagers, they will join your cause by building shops and unlocking upgrades and weapon enhancements, allowing you to enter the dungeon to face more difficult challenges.

The game is now avilable for PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, Switch via eShop, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam and Switch via eShop.

April 12, 2022

Target Acquired: B.I.O.T.A.

B.I.O.T.A., from Small Bros, is a sci-fi actioner set in the year 21XX. You are in charge of a commando unit sent on a mission to investigate a mining colony located on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter after communication with the colony is lost. Apparently, some kind of biological agent is running amok and taking control of every living thing it comes in contact with, including the miners, who have now mutated into monstrous creatures... but you may still be able to rescue the scientists and save the investment of your employer, the mining company that owns the mineral rights to the asteroid. Swap between multiple playable team members to shoot your way through the infestation, unlock new weapons, and make use of a number of vehicles, including a mech suit, submarine, and spacecraft. The game offers chunky-pixelly 8-bit visuals with dozens of 4-color palettes to choose from.

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

April 5, 2022

Proximity Alert: Bot Gaiden

Bot Gaiden, from SwordSwipe Studios, is an actioner starring ninja robots Robyu and Bytron (no relation to Batman and Robin) on a mission to recover a set of golden skulls stolen by the minions of Giorqio (no relation to Ninja Gaiden's Jaquio). Time is not on your side, as the robotic robbers (bot bandits? mecha-larcenists?) gain more power the longer they possess these skulls. Fortunately, you can also grow your skills by collecting gears, allowing you to unlock such abilities as JumpJet, DashBlade, SlingStar, and eventually HyperSpeed... as long as you don't take damage and get powered down. Finish levels quickly to unlock new attacks and maneuvers. You can even bring along a friend for some 2P bot-bashing action, with speed boosts available to the trailing player to help them catch up during the fast-paced levels, plus tag team attacks for taking down big ole gonzo-sized baddies.

The game is coming to PC on April 22.

March 29, 2022

Target Acquired: Jitsu Squad

Jitsu Squad, from Tanuki Creative Studio, is a high-octane brawler with colorful charismatic characters and up to 4P co-op. Players take on the role of one of four anthropomorphized animals, each of whom is an expert in a different style of martial arts. The mohawked raccoon is a shinobi on a mission to get revenge for his father's death, the bunny is a cyber ninja who is also on a mission of revenge following the murder of her twin sister, the afro-sporting frog is a master of kung-fu and fights using a Goemon-style pipe along with magical attacks, and the boar is the beefy (porky?) one of the bunch in his role as dragon slayer, and he carries a sword and has a magical metal arm. The game allows for all of the fast-paced brawler shenanigans you love, with the ability to perform huge combos, unleash over-the-top special attacks, call in assist characters (including Yooka-Laylee), juggle enemies, and perform transformations. You fight your way through vibrant environments and colorful enemies that take the form of other animal creatures, zombies, martial artists, and some big bad bosses.

The game is now available for PC via Steam.

March 21, 2022

Target Acquired: Itorah

Itorah, from Grimbart Tales, is an action-adventure with a terrifying premise: You are the last remaining human in a world populated by masked creatures. You take on the role of the eponymous Itorah who explores the cursed world of Nahucan, which has been overcome by evil and is threatened by a great plague. Itorah traverses some traditional genre locales as she ventures through lush forests, darkened spider lairs, and ancient temples, battling beasts and bosses with what appears to be a large handmade axe, which she can use to string together combos or toss Thor-style to hit enemies at a distance. Itorah gains new abilities that aid in environmental traversal and help her to uncover the mysteries around what has happened to the human species.

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

March 13, 2022

Target Acquired: Roar of Revenge

Roar of Revenge, from Seep (developers of Adventure Bit), is a Rastan-inspired actioner set in a fantasy world filled with dark creatures. You take on the role of Keel, a barbarian whose village was destroyed by the minions of Leomhann, the man-lion tyrant who rules the kingdom. Keel sets out to acquire four ancient artifacts that will imbue him with the power needed to take down Leomhann and his cursed titans. You start out with just a sword, but winged boots let you jump and eventually fly through the sky, while a merman's headgear allows you to swim underwater. Eventually, you'll be firing magic projectiles, dashing through the sky, and slicing your way through beasties and bosses as you tromp through ten 8-bit-style worlds.

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

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

February 24, 2022

New Blip: The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest

If you enjoyed the Castlevania games on the NES... well, then you should go play some Castlevania games on the NES... but if you're looking for a lighthearted-but-tough parody of the Castlevania series, then you should play The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest, from Programancer. The game's protagonist is none other than Simon Quest, a play on the title Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and the hero of that game, Simon Belmont. But Simon Quest is no hero. In fact, he's a glory hound who only cares about making a name for himself. After discovering that his rival, Stan Helsing, has defeated Dracula, Simon sets out across Wallachia on a mission to collect Dracula's body parts to resurrect him for the sole purpose of destroying the legendary vampire himself. Players travel through gothic environments, whip their way through creatures of the night, take on giant bosses, swing from grapple points, and toss a variety of subweapons that are replenished by collecting hearts. But this isn't a simple rehash of the aged Castlevania formula; it's an entirely new adventure, with surprises to be found along the way, some new gameplay mechanics, an interconnected world, and much improved visuals when compared to the classic NES series.

The game is coming to PC but does not yet have an announced release date. A playable demo is available on Itch.

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

February 23, 2022

New Blip: Souldiers

Souldiers, from Retro Forge Games, is a retro-style action-adventure set in a colorful fantasy world. You play as one of a trio of characters who suddenly find themselves transported from a battlefield in their own world to a place called Terragaya. Terragaya is a land that seems to sit at the border of the afterlife, offering a chance for these warriors to revive their fallen comrades. Each of the three playable characters has different abilities, with an archer who can strike quickly from a distance, a scout who attacks with a sword, and a caster who uses magic to strike enemies at close and medium range. Players explore a large interconnected world populated by a variety of detailed enemies and boss creatures while platforming, solving environmental puzzles, searching for artifacts, and upgrading their abilities along an expansive skill tree to increase their effectiveness in combat.

The game is coming to PC and Switch this spring. A demo is available on Steam.

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

February 21, 2022

New Blip: Final Vendetta

Bitmap Bureau, the developers behind Xeno Crisis, have returned with Final Vendetta, a beat 'em up done up in the style of 90's-era arcade games like Capcom's Final Fight and Konami's... well, Vendetta, starring a cast of colorful characters and 1P or 2P co-op action. Per genre conventions, you team up with some martial arts dudes and set off to rescue your kidnapped sister from a street gang the only way you know how... by beating the holy ass out of every human being who crosses your path and eating hearty snacks off the ground. You've got your choice of three playable characters: the acrobatic Claire, the bare-knuckle boxer Duke, or the mullet-coiffed wrestler Miller. In addition to six areas of belt-scrolling arcade action, the game offers versus, survival, and boss rush modes, plus an intense soundtrack and smoother-than-the-90's animations.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Switch, PS4, PS5, and Xbox this May.

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

February 14, 2022

Target Acquired: Infernax

Berzerk Studio wants to take you back to the 80's with Infernax, a retro metroidvania with horrific enemies that are far more gruesome than anything that would have actually been released on the NES. Players must trek across an open world, fighting monsters, gaining experience points to increase their stats, and acquiring new weapons, spells, and abilities. Players also earn money that they can use to buy better armor, as well as health and magic restoratives.

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




February 13, 2022

Proximity Alert: Salt and Sacrifice

Salt and Sacrifice is the follow-up to Salt and Sanctuary, a soulslike developed by Ska Studios, which has been cranking out indie hits for more than a decade, starting during the era of Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Live Indie Games with such titles as Charlie Murder, The Dishwasher duology, and yes, even I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1. The game is being developed in cooperation with Devoured Studios. In Salt and Sacrifice, you take on the role of a Marked Inquisitor who is tasked with hunting down the world's mages and putting them to the sword... or a variety of other weapons that you can forge by way of an extensive crafting system, and you literally create and modify weapons using the body parts of the mages you kill. Per genre standards, enemies are tough, and bosses are tougher, so you'll have to polish your skills if you hope to live for more than a few minutes in this harsh and unforgiving world, but you can bring in some help via local or online 2P co-op.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, and PS5 on May 10.

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

February 10, 2022

Target Acquired: Grapple Dog

Grapple Dog, from Joseph Gribbin, is a high-flying grapple-platformer starring a dog named Pablo who sets sail across six environments to save the world from Nul, a megalomaniacal robot. The game uses bold colors to communicate safe grapple points to the player, allowing him to flow from one object to the next as he collects fruit, dodges obstacles, and hunts for hidden areas. The grapple can be used to zip to objects and enemies to smash them, and the player must face off against bosses as well. In addition to grappling, the player can swim, perform wall jumps, and dive bomb to drop downward quickly.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Switch via eShop.

February 8, 2022

New Blip: Sondro Gomez: A Sunova Story

Sondro Gomez: A Sunova Story, from Cellar Chateaux and Headcannon (developer of Sonic Mania), is an action-platformer centering around Sondro Gomez and his aspirations to become a musician in the land of Sunova. In struggling toward his big break, he has gotten in deep with a fellow known simply as Masked Man, and to get out of debt, he must find a series of wish-granting orbs that have fallen from the sky. He uses his guitar strings to create a whip-style tool that lets him attack enemies, swing from grapple points, and solve puzzles, which he uses to aid him on his quest. Along the way, he encounters items that grant him new abilities, including a feather that allows him to double jump and slow his descent, claws that allow him to wall jump, and a boot that lets him stomp the ground to defeat enemies and break blocks.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux on January 2, 2023. A demo is available on Steam.

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

February 2, 2022

New Blip: Mina the Hollower

Yacht Club Games, the studio behind the much-lauded Shovel Knight, returns with Mina the Hollower, a top-down actioner presented in the aesthetic style of the Game Boy Color... but with a widescreen presentation and 60fps gameplay. You take on the role of Mina, inventor of a device called the Spark Generator, which has ushered in a golden age for the people of Tenebrous Isle (electricity probably is a big deal to people living on an island literally named after darkness). Mina journeys to the island to investigate what has been happening to the spark generators, and she brings along her trusty whip - called Nightstar - in case she needs to go all Belmont on some creatures of the night. She also gains access to several throwable subweapons, and she can level up to increase her skillset. In addition to her skills as an inventor and whip-wielder, Mina is also a Hollower, which means that she can burrow underground to move more quickly, allowing her to discover treasures and gain the upper hand in combat.

The game is coming to PC and consoles with an estimated completion date of December 2023.

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

February 1, 2022

New Blip: Master Key

While technology marches forward and triple-A game developers give life to the most realistic visuals ever conceived, games with simple 1-bit graphics are on the rise among indie developers, with recent examples including Minit and Gato Roboto, which stand as veritable as testaments to the gameplay-over-graphics ideology of retro game fans. Master Key, from Achromi joins this exclusive club with a Zelda-like adventure set in an open world and offering item-based progression. After discovering a rusty key in a cave, you set out to explore a mysterious world filled with secrets and puzzles. Slash your way through enemies and hedges, discover hidden treasures, purchase useful items from shops, and even take part in some hookshot action.

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

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

January 31, 2022

New Blip: Bat Boy

Video game fans have long known that baseball bats can be used for much more than batting baseballs. We've grabbed them in Double Dragon and turned them against our fat-headed foes, imagined the adventures of Captain Baseball Bat Boy while murdering well-deserving ne'er-do-wells in Max Payne 2, and scrambled to the top of arcade leaderboards as the eponymous Ninja Baseball Bat Man. Now it's time to wreck shop as a platforming hero in Bat Boy, from Sonzai Games and X Plus Games. Bat Boy's teammates have been subjected to the Trials of Darkness by Lord Vicious (no relation), and Bat Boy sets out to rescue them, using his baseball bat to bash baddies, send guard-pigs tumbling into other enemies, deflect projectiles, and smash through destructible blocks in a variety of retro-styled environments. Boss battles pit Bat Boy against his brainwashed buddies in a baseball batting brouhaha.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox S/X later this year. A demo is available via Steam.

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

January 26, 2022

Target Acquired: Cogen: Sword of Rewind

Cogen: Sword of Rewind (a.k.a. COGEN:大鳥こはくと刻の剣), from Gemdrops Game Studios, is a melee action game starring Kohaku Ootori as she fights robotic enemies in Cogen City, and uncovers its mysteries. As the title suggests, Kohaku wields a sword (a talking sword to be more precise) that has the power to rewind time, allowing her to reverse time to correct mistakes or save her own life. The sword is also her primary means of dealing with enemies and obstacles, as she can smash through certain blocks, slash baddies and bosses, and deflect enemy projectiles back at them. Music for the game was composed by Motoi Sakuraba, who previously composed for several games in the Tales of series and Dark Souls series, and numerous other games, with credits going back to the late 80's.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store, and it's arriving soon on PS4 and Switch.


January 18, 2022

Target Acquired: Nobody Saves the World

DrinkBox Studios, the team behind Guacamelee and Guacamelee 2, has returned with Nobody Saves the World, a colorful action RPG that's lighter on the luchadores but still heavy on the colorful environments and zany characters. You take on the role of Nobody... that's right the character's name is Nobody, and he's the one who is tasked with fighting back The Calamity and saving the world. By completing quests, Nobody is able to unlock new forms, with more than 15 transformations to discover, including a strongman, zombie, ghost, archer, magician, mouse, and slug (!). Each form offers unique abilities that help you destroy monsters, solve puzzles, complete quests, and clear out procedurally-generated dungeons. You are able to upgrade forms by completing quests, and eventually mix and match abilities between forms.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, and Xbox One and Xbox X/S via Microsoft Store and Game Pass.

January 11, 2022

New Blip: Elementallis

Elementallis, from Iván Ruiz Lozano, is an element-based action adventure with a top-down view, giving it strong Link to the Past vibes. You take on the role of an adventurer who has unfortunately doomed the world by causing the elements to go wild, and so you must venture across the land, solve puzzles, fight enemies, and restore the elements by completing eight dungeons. As you gain elemental abilities, new combat techniques open to you, along with new ways to explore the environment. For instance, fire can be used to clear out vegetation and burn enemies, nature allows you to grow vines to climb to new areas, and wind allows you to dash away from enemy attacks and cross gaps. You can even combine elements, such as getting your enemies wet and then electrocuting them. Of course, you can also fight enemies with your sword and shield, and smash some pots in true Zelda-like fashion.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Switch, PS4, PS5, and unspecified Xbox platforms, but it does not yet have an announced release date.

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

January 4, 2022

New Blip: Wild Dogs

Wild Dogs is the latest from 2ndBoss, the studio behind Biolab Wars, which was an alien-blasting run-and-gunner inspired by 8-bit classics like Contra and Shatterhand. Wild Dogs is set in the same universe and takes place before the events of Biolab Wars. The game stars Frank "Pumpkinhead" Williams and his trusty companion, Freddy, the dog from the previous game who wore a mech suit. This time around, it's not all about running and shooting... vertical shmupping and stealth puppering are mixed in with the sidescrolling shooter action as the player takes control of a jet, a motorcycle, and a dog-driven mech suit. Blast alien soldiers, shoot down powerful spacecraft, and obliterate gigundus bosses.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S later this year.

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