Master List

2D RADAR is designed to showcase promising new 2D games that are currently under development across all modern computers, consoles, and dedicated gaming handhelds. This is the Master List, showing all of the games that we have discovered while reading through dev blogs, checking in with the developers of previous 2D hits, and keeping up with the indie development scene.

You can check back here for an ever-growing, ever-changing list of games, keep up with our blog for regular updates, or visit our sister site, 8 Bit Horse, for a whole bunch of in-depth articles on notable 2D video games. And if you're working on a game that you feel should be included in our list, send us a message!



198X | PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch | March, 2019
198X, from Hi-Bit Studios (game site), is a coming-of-age tale set in the 1980's and tied to the arcade games of that era. You take on the role of a teenager who finds herself drawn to the pixellated glory of arcade games but discovers the line blurring between gaming and reality. 198X actually includes five separate arcade-style games, each in a different genre, including a beat 'em up, a shmup, a racing game, a ninja actioner, and an RPG, and each of these games is realized with stunning pixel art.




Anew: The Distant Light | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One | Release Date TBD
Anew: The Distant Light, from Resonator Games (game site), is an open world action adventure title featuring a child on an alien moon. The world is dangerous, and you must battle your way past enemies, solve environmental puzzles, complete platforming challenges, and explore some gorgeous landscapes to discover new items and upgrades to help you on your journey. Though young, the boy is not shy about using heavy firepower as he runs down aliens with saws, blasts them with homing missiles, and lays down heavy machine gun fire with independent movement and aiming.




A.N.N.E | PC, Mac, and Linux | June 2019
Developer Gamesbymo mixes several genres in A.N.N.E, a game featuring platforming, shmuppery, Metroidvania, and RPG elements. You play the part of Number 25 who must search for the pieces of his (literally) shattered girlfriend – the eponymous A.N.N.E – on a planet called Gomi. In your ship, you can fly about and explore the environment and tug along heavy physics-based objects, but you can also dock and get out of your ship Blaster Master-style for some more traditional running, gunning, and platforming. On foot, you deal damage with multi-directional fire and independent movement and aiming as you blast your way through the chunky sprite-based world. There is a large open world to explore, objects to collect, and quests to complete in order to open up new areas.



Antipole DX | PC, PS4, Vita, Xbox One | Release Date TBD
Antipole a gravity-flipping action game from Saturnine Games, was originally released in 2011, and the developer is returning with an enhanced version entitled Antipole DX. The game centers around a hero with the unlikely name of Johnny Hurricane as he uses his gravity-flipping powers to destroy robots and navigate around spikes, spinning gears, and lasers. What separates this game from the likes of Metal Storm or VVVVVV is that gravity is affected in a circle around the character, rather than flipping the entire environment or just the character. The original game was fairly short, with 20 fast-paced levels and some unlockable challenge modes, but the new game promises additional levels in the main quest and tweaks to the original levels, as well as online leaderboards. Visually, the game sports improved graphics, as well as stereoscopic 3D in the 3DS version of the game.




Apocalypse Cow | PC and Xbox One | 2019
As children, we dreamed of the possibilities that could arise from being sucked into Videoland and going on game-hopping adventures like Captain N... but hopefully with a lot less "mega mega" from the Blue Bomber. Apocalypse Cow, from Monsters, helps to answer that question when CandyWorld suddenly gets overrun by baddies. Penny is a GameWalker (Texas Ranger?) who has the power move between game worlds and rupture time itself. While in search of a missing robot, Penny contends with various video game elements such as green warp pipes and thwomp-like obstacles, while also fighting off hordes of enemies. Fortunately, she can slow down time to make platforming leaps, dodge bullets, or get in close to slice up thugs with her katanas. In the end, she must save the game worlds form an evil robotic cow.




Band Saga | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Band Saga is under development by Roger Hicks, a.k.a. rekcahdam, who was also one of the developers behind Celestial Mechanica. This time, he’s teaming up with artist and animator Hillmon Ancrum to create a music-based roguelike action game. Completing levels allows the player to unlock new characters, each of which is associated with a specific instrument. The content of the FM-synth soundtrack determines the appearance of enemies and items, as well as the configuration of the levels. At the end of the level, the player can export their music creation to MIDI or WAV formats, and players may also import their own music into the game to create custom levels. Combat takes place across a series of interconnected isometric arenas where 1 or 2 offline players blast away at enemies and collect musical notes.



Black Future '88 | PC and Switch | 2019
Welcome to 1988... the future! Black Future '88, from Don Bellenger, finds you in an alternate cyberpunk 1988 that is filled with all the lasers and fog machines you remember, but also hovering machine gun sentry bots bent on your destruction. In this dystopian roguelike, you must climb a tower that is constantly reconfiguring itself to become more difficult, and your mission is to make it to the top and kill the owner. Action is fast paced with running, double jumping, air dashes, and near-nonstop laser and machine gun blasting across six zones, and you can even team up with a partner for 2P co-op action.




Black Witchcraft | PC, PS4, and Xbox One | Release Date TBD
Developer Quattro Gear is developing a combo-based action-RPG entitled Black Witchcraft, which is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The game features high-rez gothic artwork and some dark and twisted enemy and boss designs. Players control a witch with mechanical legs who carries a suitcase with a big red eye on the side. The suitcase is able to transform into a number of weapons, including a spear and a scythe for up-close action, and it can extend into a minigun for long-range asskickery.




Blasphemous | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch | Q1 2019
Blasphemous is a game from The Game Kitchen, developers of The Last Door. While The Last Door was a low-rez point and click adventure series, Blasphemous is a gritty and bloody 2D action-adventure with fast-paced action and detailed visuals. The game offers nonlinear exploration through a dark world as you take on the role of The Penitent One, an armor-clad warrior with a pointed thorned helmet who roams the land destroying evil... of which there is plenty, as most of the world's citizens have been transformed into hideous creatures due to their blasphemies. Players will equip items to enhance their abilities as they fight their way through grotesque undead creatures, self-abusing whip wielders, corrupt clergy, and numerous indescribable monstrosities, along with several large bosses.




Blazing Chrome | PC, PS4, and Switch | Q2 2019
Joymasher, the studio behind Oniken (our 2012 Game of the Year) and Odallus: The Dark Call, returns with Blazing Chrome, a run-and-gun inspired by the likes of Contra and Metal Slug. The game can be played alone or with a friend in 2P co-op, with players selecting between a human member of the resistance named Mavra, or a rebel robot named Doyle in the apocalyptic world of 21XX. Players use machine guns, rocket launchers, and lasers to blast grotesque alien and robot creatures with a style very reminiscent of Contra III: The Alien Wars, with its dark cityscapes and barren deserts, angled platforms, the ability to hang and shoot simultaneously, and of course, its stylish detailed bosses.




Boxboy + Boxgirl | Switch | April 26, 2019
Have you been following Hal Labs' charming Boxboy puzzle-platformer series? It's well worth a look, as the existing trio of 3DS-exclusives are simultaneously excellent and inexpensive. If you aren't familiar, be sure to check our coverage of Boxboy, Boxboxboy, and Bye-Bye Boxboy. In any case, the series is quite inviting, so even if you missed out on the others, or don't own a 3DS, you can still check out the newest game, Boxboy + Boxgirl. It's much bigger than its predecessors, weighing in at 270 levels, and it also includes a number of cooperative 2P stages for people who wish to team up. Per series conventions, there are some unlockables, including a playable character called Qudy, who is rectangular instead of square and will therefore create new gameplay challenges.




Brave Earth: Prologue | PC | 2019
Brave Earth: Prologue is under development by Michael “Kayin” O’Reilly, the guy behind the freeware hit I Wanna Be the Guy. Brave Earth is a Castlevania-esque action-RPG with a deliberate pace, gothic art style, and pickups that can be grabbed by breaking hanging lanterns. The player faces off against bats, wolves, spiders, armored knights, and various magical creatures. There are 3 playable characters, each with his or her own stats, story line and boss encounters, and each equipped with a primary weapon and a number of magic and secondary attacks available that can be picked up along the way, sometimes in hidden areas.



Brock Crocodile | PC | Release Date TBD
Brock Crocodile, from Digital Crocodile, aims to bring the flavor of 16-bit Genesis blast processing to your 64-bit computerating system. The eponymous Brock Crocodile comes armed with a whip that lets him swing around the environment, as well as a fruit gun that lets him take down enemies in order to save Crocodillian Island from a team of villains called the Fearsome Four. Brock's whip lets him swing from specified grapple points to reach new areas, activate environmental objects, and even whack enemies. The fruit gun works like a traditional pellet-chucker insofar as you can blast enemies right in the face, but presumably in a friendlier - and fruitier - way. In traditional mascot platforming fashion, players must grab coins, bop on enemies' heads, and avoid spikes as they make their way to each of the end-level bosses.




Bushiden | PC | 2020
In Bushiden, from Pixel Arc Studios, you take on the role of a martial arts master whose sister has disappeared, possibly at the hands of the evil Goah and his cybernetically enhanced army. You travel through eight themed areas taking down enemies and bosses on your way toward your ultimate enemy, all the while gaining new abilities, upgrades, and magic spells to aid you in combat and exploration. The game wears its arcade style on its sleeve with its colorful environments, detailed character designs and animations, and flashy attacks and death animations. But unlike straightforward arcade actioners, you must explore a large interconnected world and make use of a metroidvania map to track your progress, revisiting previous areas with new abilities to access alternate routes.




Carrion | PC | Release Date TBD
Did you like Butcher? It was a super gory sidescrolling shooter from Transhuman Design, and now the studio has returned with an even bloodier and gorier game entitled Carrion. In this game, you control a sinewy amorphous alien creature that uses its grotesque appendages to grab a hold of people and furiously murder them, leaving behind sprays of blood in the process. Humans will do their best to stop you by using guns and other weapons... but you have the ability to pull out their spinal cords, so that's pretty fair. Rampage your way through a station killing everyone you find in a horror game where you are the monster.




Cathedral | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Cathedral, from Decemberborn Interactive, is an NES-style action-platformer starring a red-armored knight fighting his way through dungeons and cathedrals filled with dark creatures. Players must complete platforming challenges, avoid pits of spikes, hop on moving platforms, and activate switches to make their way forward, all the while slashing enemies, blocking projectiles, and performing downward strikes to take down enemies and bosses. Outside of dungeon diving, players interact with NPC's in villages to learn more about the world around them. Players can also acquire new items and equipment to enhance their combat skills and movement abilities to attack enemies from a distance and reach new areas.




Children of Morta | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch | Q2 2019
Children of Morta, from developer Dead Mage, is a roguelike dungeon crawler where you hack and slash your way through legions of dark creatures. The game focuses on the Bergson family, each of whom has a different set of weapons, ranging from a sword and shield combo, to a bow and arrows, to an up-close short range weapon that requires quick movement to use effectively. Players may also visit the blacksmith to increase the power of their weapons, and a chemist mixes magical potions that can be tossed for area effect attacks. The game features incredibly detailed spritework and animations.



Code: HARDCORE | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Code: HARDCORE, from RocketPunch Games is a fast-paced mech combat platformer featuring a variety of mechs with different abilities. The game offers a single player story experience about a war between Earth and Mars, as well as local and online multiplayer versus modes, reminiscent of Metal Warriors on the SNES, but considerably faster. The slick 2D visuals look almost 3D with their smooth animation, rotation effects, and a skeletal animation system that conveys a sense of weight as mechs tear around blasting each other with heavy weapons. Mechs can fire multiple weapons, smash each other with melee attacks, defend themselves, jump toward enemies, and some can even transform into vehicles such as tanks and jets. And yes, you can eject from mechs and enter others.




Cyber Shadow | PC and Mac, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 | Release Date TBD
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.




Dark Flame | PC | Release Date TBD
Dark Flame, from Warren Smith, is a metroidvania heavily inspired by the 2D entries in the Castlevania series, featuring a sprawling maze-like world, fast combat, and RPG-style upgrades. Choice plays an important role here, as players can modify their weapons, manually level up individual stats, and decide whether they want to play the role of the good guy or give in to the power of the dark side. Players who fully explore the environment can uncover hidden weapons and unlock new powers.




Dead Pixels II: Straight to Video | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
CSR Studios returns with a sequel to Dead Pixels called Dead Pixels II: Straight to Video. As in the first game, this is a sidescrolling shooter that pits the player against hordes of zombies. In addition, there are some River City Ransom-style shops that allow players to upgrade their stats and stock up on shooty bits for their limited-ammo arsenal. The game also allows up to 4 players to blast through the procedurally generated city in online of offline co-op. The game takes place in 1991, following a worldwide disaster that caused the dead to return to life, and it features a VHS-style filter and 80’s rock soundtrack.



Death Trash | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Death Trash, from Crafting Legends (game site), is an action-RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world that mixes sci-fi and grotesque horror to create disturbing scenes accompanied by dark humor. Various factions are struggling for power and fighting for resources, and something about the "Evergrowing Heart pounds for the Flesh Hive"... yeah, no idea what that means, but it should give you some idea of what you're in for. Gameplay focuses on blasty-shooty combat enhanced by item crafting and psionic powers, with a focus on dialogue - with options that provide some pretty nontraditional choices - and the ability to kill any NPC. The game supports 2P local drop-in/out co-op if you and a friend want to get weirdly uncomfortable together.




Doko Roko | PC, Mac, and Linux | 2019
In Doko Roko, from Eric Mack, you take on the role of a small adventurer with a big sword who must make his way up The Tower, which extends thousands of feet into the sky and passes beyond the clouds, with each section containing its own inhabitants and ecosystem. Along the way, you'll have access to magical artifacts and a variety of swords from across the world to protect you against the tower's more hostile elements, allowing you to attack your foes, parry enemy strikes, and deflect projectiles. The game is intended to be light on story but heavy on atmosphere as you make changes to the world within the tower, and it also changes you.




Eagle Island | PC and Mac | February 2019
Eagle Island, from Nick Gregory, is a procedurally-generated platformer starring a young falconer and his owl companion as they explore a colorful world of forests, mines, coastal caverns, and other locales. The player has the standard array of platformer moves, and he is also able to launch the owl in multiple directions, striking enemies at a distance to damage them. The game world is made up of interconnected areas, allowing exploration to locate key items and backtracking through previously visited areas in order to open the path forward. By discovering magical feathers, the player is able to change the owl's form and unlock new abilities.




EarthNight | PC, Mac, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android | Q2 2019
EarthNight, from Cleaversoft, is an auto-running action game with a simple control scheme set in a dragon apocalypse. You select a character and run across the back of a serpentine dragon as its body ripples up and down. Along the way, you take out a variety of enemies and surf along its back until you eventually reach the dragon’s head, at which point you rapidly punch it in the eye until you are flung off into the sky. From there, you freefall back toward the earth while flying dragons swarm below you. Line yourself up with one of these creatures and you will fall onto its back and begin the next stage.



Eastward | PC and Mac | 2019
Eastward, from Pixpil Games and Chucklefish Games, is an action-adventure set in a post apocalyptic world. You take on the role of John, a digger who discovers a mysterious girl in an underground facility. John must guide the girl through the wasteland, interacting with colorful and unusual NPC's, solving puzzles, and doing battle with dangerous creatures and rampaging machinations along the way. The game is styled after 90's anime and features gorgeously detailed environments as imagined by pixel artist Hong Moran.




Eitr | PS4, PC, and eventually Mac and Linux | 2019
Eitr, under development by Eneme Entertainment, is an isometric action-RPG offering detailed sprite work and animations. The player takes on the role of the Shield Maiden of Norse mythology as she travels the nine worlds that are linked together by Yggdrasil, the great tree that connects them all. It seems that Loki has poisoned Yggdrasil with the Eitr, a dark substance that has spread through the tree and corrupted the nine realms. The maiden must make use of swords, bows and arrows, and shields to fight her way through monstrous creatures, including the loping undead, giant warriors, evil sorcerers, and great godlike beings. Combat is fast and technical, requiring players to dodge, dash, and block, and time their strikes to align with openings in her enemies' defenses.




Elden: Path to the Forgotten | PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One | 2019
Elden: Path to the Forgotten, from Onerat Games, is a dark action-horror game set in a medieval landscape and filled with Lovecraftian beasties and boss creatures. You can hack through these monsters using a selection of melee weapons or take down from a distance with a number of magic spells. The game features creepy chunky pixel art, lots of blood, and wordless hi-rez pixel cutscenes to further emphasize the horror tone.




Elsys | PC | Release Date TBD
Developer Fervir presents Elysis (formerly SpookyQuest), an action adventure inspired by the Game Boy iterations of The Legend of Zelda series, offering top-down action, swordplay, and dungeon crawling. Players slash away at monsters – and the occasional shrubbery – in the overworld, defeating enemies, discovering secrets, and gathering money to be spent in shops. While the overworld is a bit unfriendly, the bulk of the action takes place in the dungeons, which are filled with bats and undead creatures that hope to suck down your health bar. In addition to health, you also have a stamina meter that drains as you use your sword and secondary items (like a boomerang that can stun enemies and activate switches), but it refills on its own over time. The game isn’t just a Zelda clone however; it offers some changes to the old series, like scrolling environments and 8-way movement and attacks. Progress is made by solving puzzles, discovering new sub-weapons, and defeating large boss creatures.



Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime | PC | Release Date TBD
Developer Spiritus Games (game site) brings together a team of developers whose previous credits include The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing and the Codename: Panzers series. Their first release under the new studio label is entitled Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime, which mixes science fiction and fantasy in a top-down action-RPG featuring space combat fought with medieval weaponry, including swords and axes. The Sun has been stolen by the League of Black Knights, plunging the world into darkness, and so the King's youngest son must travel through the seven realms to defeat the knights and restore peace. As the player travels across a number of procedurally generated star systems, he encounters legendary objects of folklore, such as the Seven-League Boots and the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, and also unlocks new playable ships, upgrades, and skills.




Faeland | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Talegames presents Faeland, an action-RPG set in a medieval fantasy world. The game stars Sam, a blonde-haired boy wearing a green tunic who is able to wield a short sword, a shield, and a bow and arrows (remind you of anyone?). Sam is able to hunt for food in the wildlands, fight enemy creatures in dungeons, complete platforming challenges, learn new abilities to reach previously inaccessible areas, solve puzzles, and take on gigantic bosses. The game world is open, so you are free to travel from place to place, speak with NPC's to discover new information, and purchase new weapons, equipment, and health restoratives.




Flynn: Son of Crimson | PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One | 2019
Flynn: Son of Crimson from Studio Thunderhorse, is an adventure-platformer where players explore a colorful nonlinear world, fighting monsters, uncovering secrets, and speaking with NPC's. The game stars a redheaded hero named Flynn, who was orphaned as a child, and he must uncover the secrets of his past and uncover the mysterious power that lies within him. Flynn will find himself smashing through obstacles and enemies with an axe, blasting them with a bow and arrows, and slashing them with a sword, and as he unlocks new abilities, he'll be able to smash through stone barricades, climb walls, and grapple across gaps.




Freedom Planet 2 | PC, Mac, Linux, and Switch | 2019
So, there's practically no information about this game, but the first Freedom Planet from GalaxyTrail was so good that we're listing it anyway. In the first game, players took control of one of three anthropomorphic animals, each with their own unique abilities and playstyles in a colorful world styled after 16-bit classics like Ristar, Rocket Knight Adventures, and especially Sonic the Hedgehog. The trio of characters and their trademark abilities return in the sequel with Lylac's hair whip and high-speed dash, Carol's wall-riding motorcycle, and Milla's strange energy powers, as well as some new abilities. A new evil has arisen in the form of Merga, an ancient water dragon that has been released due to the events at the end of the first game, and this time, the heroes find their allegiances split between opposing sides. The characters are a bit older now, more mature and experienced, and several new characters are being introduced, many voiced by actors from a number of well-known animated series.




Gato Roboto | PC and Switch | 2019
Proving once again that anything can happen in indie game development, we have somehow seen a resurgence in super lo-fi and 1-bit action games, with titles like Downwell and Minit standing as some of the finest examples, both of which were published by Devolver Digital... and Devolver is publishing Gato Roboto as well. Gato Roboto, from Doinksoft, features an adorable kitty in a metroidvania adventure. The kitty is on a spaceship and steps on the pilot's keyboard (as kitties do), leading to a crash landing on an alien world, where the kitty hops out and get to platforming. The game takes place in a black and white world inspired by classic Metroid games, with obvious nods offered in its environmental tilesets and bulbous doorways... but the cat is pretty fast compared to Samus Aran. Pretty soon, the cat finds a mech suit and hops inside, using its powers to take down enemies with blaster shots and missiles, destroy bosses, and rocket jump... and the cat can even eject from the suit to run around, swim(!), and climb walls to reach new areas.




Ghost Song | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Ghost Song, from developer Matt White, is a Metroidvania title. More than that, it draws heavy influences from the design and style of the mother of all Metroidvanias: Super Metroid. The game focuses heavily on atmosphere, with detailed subterranean environments and a haunting soundtrack. You have set out to explore a moon known as Lorian V, a mysterious place in which many have perished, leaving ghosts behind in the form of roaming corpses full of anger. But by destroying their bodies, the ghosts can be freed. In addition to the wandering dead, you will also face a number of creatures, many of which are hostile, as well as some large boss creatures. As is typical of the genre, acquiring new weapons and abilities allows you to proceed through the large open world, although there are numerous optional items to be found for those who explore thoroughly.



Gravity Ace | PC, Mac, and Linux | 2019
Hey, if there's one thing everyone likes, it's gravity... and nobody knows that better than John Watson, the developer behind Gravity Ace. There aren't a whole lot of gravity-based spaceship games on the market, but there have been a few standout examples over the years, including the seminal classic Gravitar, along with classics like Thrust and Oids, and a few modern takes on the genre, including the Gravitron and PixelJunk Shooter series. Of all these games, Gravity Ace seems to most closely mix elements from Thrust and the PixelJunk Shooter series. Like Thrust, you must descend into caverns, taking out dangers along the way, and retrieving a reactor core from deep within... and then fight to escape the planetoid's gravity in time. Whereas Thrust was a fairly slow and methodical experience (but still harrowing, mind), the PixelJunk Shooter series is more fast-paced, features much more shooting, and the need to rescue stranded astronauts. In the end, the game borrows from its predecessors but definitely stands on its own, offering a chunky explosion-heavy world with the ever-present danger of smashing into a wall of rock and meeting your untimely demise. The game offers multiple interconnected levels across three worlds and even some boss encounters to spice things up.




Gravity Circuit | PC, Mac, and Linux | 2019
Do you like gravity? Do you like circuits? Then you might like Gravity Circuit, from Domesticated Ants. OK, so the game definitely has gravity, and you fight robots, so there's definitely circuits, but really it's a game about smashing your way through the robotic Virus Army to prevent them from taking over the world. You take on the role of Kai who smashes bots with his fists, dive bombs them, boots around projectiles, knocks robots into each other, and uses a grappling hook to move quickly from enemy to enemy. The game features 12 stages of 1P action where the player unlocks new abilities as he rescues civilians, along with special challenge levels, time trials, and a level editor.




Guardians of the Rose | PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PS4 | Release Date TBD
Guardians of the Rose, from Pixel x Pixel Games, is an open world action adventure in a fantasy world filled with monsters and magic. Unfortunately, the kingdom has become corrupted by dark magic, leading to the murder of the royal family by a contingent of the royal guard. As a member of the royal guard yourself, you work to save the kingdom, but you have no magical powers of your own. However, in your quest to overthrow the false rulers, you can choose to learn this dark magic yourself, or seek out special items that will allow you to combat your enemies, leading to alternate endings based on your actions. The player chooses how he will engage his foes, whether with direct assault, stealth, or through the evil of magic, and he may recruit NPC's to aid him in his quest, depending on his alignment. The player's actions determine the types of items available to him, which quests he can take, and how others react to him.




Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX | Switch | Release Date TBD
Inti Creates - the developer behind, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Blaster Master Zero, and lots of Mega Man games - returns with the latest chapter in the ongoing Gunvolt saga: Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX. The game focuses on the exploits of Copen, who is the arch rival of Gunvolt, the hero of the main game series. Similar to the Blue Bomber, Copen is able to copy abilities from his defeated foes and use them in combat. Copen is able to move quickly around the environment and tag enemies, after which he can unleash a barrage of missiles, and he also makes use of a gun and electrical attacks.




Hades | PC | Currently in Epic Store Early Access
Supergiant Games is known for several top-notch action-adventure games, all with solid mechanics and gorgeous artwork, including Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre... and now they've returned with another beautiful action-adventure game with a single word for a title: Hades. In this game, you play the son of Hades as he defies his father and attempts to battle his way out of Hell. There's only one downside; dying just sends him back home. The game is a hack-and-slash roguelike that offers something new with each run. Players can attack hellish creatures with ranged and melee weapons, and supplement their abilities with perks that come in the form of divine assistance from Zeus and the other Olympian gods.




HALT | PC and Mac | Release Date TBD
HALT, from Vaaasm is a wacky run-and-gun actioner starring a group of law enforcement officers managed by a private company. You take on the roles of officers Chris Tracy and Turner Chase who are investigating the members of a criminal organization known as "The Human". The duo blast their way through an eclectic array of baddies in the form of skeleton robots, turtles, mutant bees, and even a flying squid submarine. Players have access to a variety of weapons and ammo, and dozens of upgrades, allowing them to modify their weapons for heavy fire, bouncing bullets, freeze bullets, explosives, and biological weapons... or just drop a couple of turrets into the level and spray everything with a barrage of hot lead.




Hazelnut Bastille | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Hazelnut Bastille, from Aloft Studio is a veritable love letter to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, featuring isometric top-down action through interconnected dungeon rooms, with sword-based combat, a (cross)bow and arrows, bombs, and loads of potions and other items to aid you in your quest. Players must solve environmental puzzles, slash enemies, hunt for keys, and make thier way to the boss room. The world is full of life and color, with charming sprite designs for the pink-haired protagonist, the enemies, and the screen-filling bosses. Players take on the role of the heroine as she gets swept up in a grand adventure and seeks answers to the history of her world.




Heart Forth, Alicia | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Vita, Wii U, and 3DS | Release Date TBD
Alonso Martin presents Heart Forth, Alicia, a Metroidvania action-RPG that centers on a young wizard named Alicia who grew up in a cursed land floating in the sky. In this land, no children have been born in many years, except for Alicia and her best friend Hostra. Bad things happen, and Hostra gets turned evil by a spirit, tossing Alicia off the edge of the island and raining destruction down on their village, and causing old people to explode into bloody puddles of goo (not a joke). Alicia awakens in the world beneath the clouds, adventuring through the land and building her power so that she may return to her home in the sky. The game features melee-based combat supplemented by magic, and Alicia slowly gains abilities that allow her to reach new areas of the world.



Hollow Knight: Silksong | PC, Mac, Linux, and Switch | Release Date TBD
Are you one of the folks who spent some quality time in the insectoid world of Hollow Knight? If you're a fan of dark metroidvanias and somehow missed out on this one, stop reading and give it a play, because it's downright engrossing, and the developers, Team Cherry, released loads of free content updates over the last couple of years... and now, they've returned with a sequel. Hollow Knight: Silksong stars a character named Hornet, who was formerly an adversary, but now she has her own standalone adventure where she clambers upward from the depths of Hallownest to explore new and colorful environments, and make some new friends. The game features fast-paced combat with aerial tactics against more than 150 new enemy types and a bunch of new boss creatures. The game features the same lovely art style as before, along with musical compositions by Christopher Larkin.




Holobunnies: The Bittersweet Adventure | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Holobunnies: The Bittersweet Adventure is an unwieldy but descriptive name for this title from q-bit games. The game is an action-adventure platformer where the player takes on the role of one of several holographic bunny siblings: Danielle the witch, Leenox the hunter, Roméo the bard, Mephisto the ninja, or Avril the catcher, each of which comes equipped with a projectile weapon and a jetpack. The bunnies' ultimate goal is to find a new planet to inhabit as they freely cruise through space in their ship. Tracking down a new home requires tangling with the local residents of various stellar bodies, speaking with NPC's, and collecting treasures that include starship upgrades, new items, and pieces of a mysterious door. Bunny buddies can also team up for some local 2P co-op.




Huntdown | PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch | Release Date TBD
Huntdown, from Easy Trigger, is a 90's arcade-style shooter where each of the major gangs has taken over a section of the city, and bounties have been placed on their heads. You must hunt them down, as the title suggests, blasting your way through baddies on your way to each level's end boss, going it alone or bringing a friend in local 2P co-op. The game features a dark and gritty style with a rundown city covered in graffiti and packed with thugs wielding heavy-hitting shotguns and machine guns. Players smash through glass, blast exploding red barrels, and generally blast sprays of hot lead into everything they see.




Indivisible | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One | Q2 2019
Indivisible is an action-RPG from Lab Zero Games, the developers of Skullgirls. The game stars Ajna who sets out across the world to discover the origin of her powers, which allow her to absorb and summon various beings, and she is joined along the way by a number of characters who fight alongside her. In addition to Lab Zero's trademark 2D designs, the game is accompanied by a soundtrack from Hiroki Kikuta, best known for his work on Secret of Mana. The game mixes action platforming (in 3D environments) with turn-based battles and the ability to inflict damage to enemies prior to battle, Paper Mario-style. The game also features loads of crossover characters from other 2D indie games, including the lead characters from Shovel Knight, Hyper Light Drifter, Curses 'n Chaos, and Guacamelee, as well as the skateboarding 80's dinosaur from Super Time Force, and Shantae from WayForward's Shantae series.




Inmost | PC and Switch | 2019
Inmost, from Hidden Layer Games, stars three playable characters, each with different abilities, and it is set in two different worlds, both of which are dark and foreboding, and both are narratively connected. While one character may be able to rely on his combat abilities, others must use their wits and agility to survive puzzle platforming challenges and escape the dark forces that rise up around them. A portion of the game takes place in an abandoned castle and sees you sneaking about, exploring rooms, discovering secret passages, and springing the occasional trap. In other areas, you must escape rampaging monsters... or fight them head-on, ultimately attempting to defeat a terrible creature that feeds upon human suffering.




Interference | PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android | Release Date TBD
Interference, from Anthony Beyer, is a stealth-based puzzle platformer set in a neon-lit dystopia. The player sets out across an open world, using stealth to avoid confrontation as he searches for the truth behind a tyrannical government and mechanized police force. In addition to sneaking past guards and avoiding traps, the player can also use a strange device known as the Glitcher, which allows him to shift sections of the environment to change their layout and create a safe path of travel, block lasers, and reposition patrolling guards.



Iron Meat | PC | Release Date TBD
Hey, you got your iron in my meat! Hey, you got your meat in my iron! That's likely what you'll be yelling when you play Iron Meat from Razz, a game that features two great tastes (iron and meat) that taste great together to deliver Contra-style shooting action against baddies and bots. The game features run and gun action, 8-way fire, a somersaulting soldier, and a variety of weapon pickups and powerups to help you shred everything that enters your line of sight. Weapons include machine guns, lasers, and heavy explosives, which you'll need to take down popcorn enemies, mechanical minibosses, and over-the-top level bosses across eight themed areas.




ITTA | PC | 2019
ITTA, from Glass Revolver, is a bullet hell action-RPG starring a girl and her mysterious floating cat. The little girl is Itta, and she wakes up one day to find her entire family murdered, and so she grabs her father's old revolver and sets out on a quest for answers and revenge. The game takes its inspirations from The Legend of Zelda, Nuclear Throne, and Titan Souls, offering top-down gameplay across an open world with gorgeous visuals, detailed and often disturbing animations, and dozens of boss creatures. Along the way, Itta has the opportunity to assist people in need of aid, and gain new melee- and projectile-based weapons to help her destroy the terrible creatures that await her.




Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch | PC, PS4, and Xbox One | 2019
Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch is the latest effort from Interabang Entertainment, the developers behind Super Comboman, a beat 'em up that was, uh... not very good. If you aren't already familiar with the works of Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse, then you're likely not going to understand the appeal of a Jay and Silent Bob video game. The game stars Bob, a generally silent overweight fellow in a black overcoat, along with his foul-mouthed stoner friend Jay in a beat 'em up with loads of references to their film and television outings, along with numerous comic book references. The drug dealing duo suddenly find that they have no customers and head over to the new gigantic mega mall (hints of Leonardo Leonardo?) to put a stop to it. Players can tag team between characters (natch) or double team in co-op and use insults to take on bosses.




Kaze and The Wild Masks | PC, PS4, and Xbox One | Q1 2019
Kaze and The Wild Masks, from Vox Game Studio stars a bunny (and you know how much we love bunnies) who must defend Carrotland from attack by a variety of vicious yet colorful beasts in a cutesy action platformer. Kaze uses his big ole bunny ears to whack enemies, walk ear-over-ear along vines, toss objects and baddies, and even spin around to slow his descent. Classic platformer tropes are strongly represented, with pastoral plains, bouncy mushrooms, brightly-colored collectibles, and secret areas. Finding the game's titular masks grants him new abilities that let him run faster, swim underwater, and take to the skies. Oh, and we're not sure if this means anything, but Kaze translates to "wind" from Japanese... like Kaze no Klonoa. So there's that.



Lapis x Labyrinth | PS4 and Switch | May 28, 2019
Lapis x Labyrinth, from Nippon Ichi Software (NIS), is a feverish hacky slashy dungeon crawler starring a cast of colorful characters. The game offers eight character classes that you can literally stack - one character on top of the other - to attack enemies and unleash a flurry of gems in return. With a stack of four characters, you can swap between their abilities or team up to take down baddies, and defeating enough enemies lets you unlock Fever Time to unleash even more damage and get more gems. Fight your way through more than 100 monster types and a bunch of bosses in a labyrinth filled with treasure.


Log Jammin | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One | February 2019
Log Jammers, from Mega Cat Studios, is a modern retro take on the alternative sports game Windjammers, which came to arcades and the Neo Geo in the mid-90's... and as such, was filled with musclebound beach people bursting with 90's 'tude. Log Jammers (no relation to the Lebowski-verse's Logjammin') eschews the 'tude in favor of wacky over-the-top character designs, featuring an equal mix of human and nonhuman characters in a world filled with logging and political corruption. Instead of running around an arena, opponents are logrollers, running and spinning their logs along the water (or lava, or mayonnaise) as they toss hatchets back and forth at one another. Players can toss the hatchet in a straight line or bounce it off the edges of the arena, and the goal has a 2-point center and 5-point edges, offering additional strategy and keeping the pace up, as either player can make a comeback in 11-point matches.




Mable & The Wood | PC, Mac, and Linux | Q1 2019
Mable & The Wood, from Triple Vision Games, is an explorative action game stars a girl named Mable who lives in a world that is being drained of its color due to the overuse of magic. Mable is able to change forms, shapeshifting into the shapes of the bosses she kills, as she fights to save the world... but her very powers are also aiding in its destruction. Transformations include a flying fairy, a creepy grapple-spinning spider, and a stone form that allows you to petrify your foes. The player is able to select from multiple areas, but the journey grows more perilous as the destruction of the world continues. Music for the game was composed by Music for the game was composed by Fat Bard, who was also the composer behind CrashLands and Blitz Breaker.




Meawja | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Everyone knows that ninjas have catlike reflexes... and this is especially true for ninja cats! Meawja, from Galope Team (game site), is a ninja game starring a black cat who uses a sword and shuriken to slice his way through bats, slimes, and a variety of prehistoric foes, plus some hulking boss and miniboss creatures. The game features five themed environments filled with traps and pitfalls, presented in an 8-bit style, complete with Ninja Gaiden-style cutscenes.




Minoria | PC | 2019
Bombservice is the studio behind the Momodora series. Momodora 1-3 were all pretty sweet, but the developer really hit his stride with the series prequel, a dark and engaging metroidvania entitled Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight. And now, the studio has returned with Minoria, a spiritual sequel to the Momodora series that casts off its chunky visuals in favor of a smoother HD presentation, while offering a similarly dark world with action focusing around melee combat and magic spells. Set in an entirely new universe, the game stars Fran and Semilla, sisters who work as missionaries on behalf of the church as they work to protect the commoners from heretical witches... although the sisters make use of spellcraft themselves.




Möira | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
Möira, from Onagro Studios, is an action platformer that mixes the aesthetics of the Game Boy and the Game Boy Color. You play the part of Rubick, a magician's apprentice on a quest to rescue his kidnapped master. Rubick is able to use his magic to copy the abilities of his enemies, as learning new spells from NPC's and defeated bosses, and he is able to combine the effects of some of these spells for new effects. Players will need to make the most of these combinations, as enemies are resistant to certain spell effects and weak against others. Levels are nonlinear, so players will need to explore them fully in order to move forward and learn the necessary abilities to overcome their enemies.




MoonQuest | PC | Currently in Steam Early Access
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.




Narita Boy | PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One | December 2019
Narita Boy, from Studio Koba, is a neo-noir actioner starring the eponymous Narita Boy, a digital hero who has the power to swap between dimensions. The digital world has come under attack and you must explore the landscape and uncover the techno sword, the only weapon that can stave off annihilation. You'll spend your time surfing on a floppy diskette, bashing cuboid beasts with a bigass sword, sliding blocks around to solve environmental puzzles, unleashing photon fury on rows of baddies, and riding transforming digital horsies. The game features a distinct visual style with high-frame animations, unusual proportions, and stylized flourishes to emphasize its hard-hitting combat... all accompanied by an 80's-style synth soundtrack.




No Place for Bravery | PC and Mac | 2019
No Place for Bravery, from developer Glitch Factory, is a time-manipulation roguelike featuring a band of warriors travelling through a procedurally-generated fantasy world on a quest to defeat powerful creatures of godlike proportions, inspired by the atmosphere of Hyper Light Drifter and the time manipulation mechanics of Super Time Force. The time manipulation mechanic allows the player to control all of the warriors simultaneously, swapping between characters at will to use their different abilities, and strategizing their movements in order to get the timing right for current and future attacks. The game is a nearly narrative-free experience, relying on environmental storytelling rather than bouts of exposition, and focusing instead on the complexity of its mechanics, which feature 1-hit kills and permadeath.




Noita | PC | Release Date TBD
Nolla Games is a studio made up of Petri Purho (Crayon Physics Deluxe), Olli Harjola (The Swapper), and Arvi "Hempuli" Teikari (Environmental Station Alpha), and they have returned with Noita. The game is a physics-based action platformer, but what sets it apart from the other games in the genre is the fact that physics are applied to every pixel in the game world, bringing about shenanigans you haven't seen since the PixelJunk Shooter series, only this time in a chunky pixellated world. You can freeze water and then blast through chunks of ice, smash objects to make them break and collapse, cause lava to flow into an open space, electrify pools of water, or burn through flammable gasses to ignite the air in a room and burn through your enemies... or yourself if you're not careful. This is a roguelike game featuring spellcrafting, permadeath, and procedurally generated environments filled with dangerous enemies and elements.




Nykra | PC, Mac, Linux, and PS4 | 2019
Nykra, from Endesga, stars a young woman named Keu who is exploring the universe's first galaxy, Nykra. Keu is accompanied by a hovering drone called Eo, which helps to defend her and open new paths as she uncovers the mysteries of this galaxy, starting with a strange black cube on a pastoral planet, reminiscent of the monoliths in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Her adventure takes her across seven planets and several small moons and offers nonlinear gameplay, puzzle solving, hacking, a loot and crafting system, and a customizable and upgradeable weapon system.




Okinawa Rush | PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Dreamcast | 2019
Okinawa Rush is a single-plane beat 'em up from David Miller, Steve Miller and Gary Angelone. The game stars ninja master Hiro Yashima, who finds his wife murdered and his children kidnapped, and a note of challenge from a warrior of the Black Mantis clan. The Black Mantis clan have murdered and pillaged their way through Okinawa, looking for Yashima's training scroll that has granted him mystical powers in addition to martial arts prowess. Now, he must fight his way through hordes of martial arts baddies and some ferocious beasts in order to rescue his son and daughter. Along the way, he can train in dojos to learn new arts and buy equipment from merchants to boost his stats.




One Step From Eden | PC and Mac | Q3 2019
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.




Operation ECHO | PC | Release Date TBD
Operation ECHO, from Green Legacy, is set in 21XX and stars an action hero named M16... well, he wasn't always an action hero. M16 got his start as a butler-bot, but then there was a Mutant Armageddon that put everyone's lives in danger, and his creator, Dr. Miller, gave him some heavy armaments and ordered him to hop into action. Armed with a plasma cannon and an array of other weapon types, including machine guns, shotguns, and rocket launchers, M16 runs through colorful levels blasting goo-spitting slugs, grotesque insectoid creatures, and other monstrosities until they explode... eventually facing off against giant disgusting boss monsters that require equal treatment.




Ori and the Will of the Wisps | PC and Xbox One | 2019
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 2016 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.




Outbuddies | PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One | Release Date TBD
Outbuddies, from Julian Laufer, is a retro-style metroidvania. The game stars John, a marine biologist becomes shipwrecked and finds himself in a set of caverns 36,000 feet below the surface. Wounded and in search of a way back home, his only hope is a robotic companion that also acts as a life support system, and allows him to scout out the area around him. On his journey, he will discover a number of strange creatures, mysterious locales, and hostile enemies. As he gains new abilities, he is able to defeat stronger enemies, access new areas, and take down a number of huge bosses.




Paprium | Sega Genesis | Release Date TBD
WaterMelon Games, the studio behind Pier Solar, returns with Paprium, a colorful 16-bit brawler. The game takes place in Asia following a devastating nuclear war known as Paprium. You fight your way through a 24-level cityscape with one of three warriors: Tug, Alex and Dice, or a couple of unannounced characters, going it alone or teaming up with a friend in 2P co-op. In typical beat 'em up fashion, players will smash enemies with their fists and feet, perform powerful throws, double-tap dash, and beat up the occasional environmental object for some tasty items. Players can also pick up weapons like pipes and chains to lay down heavy damage or fire extinguishers that freeze enemies in place. The Arcade Mode allows for straightforward brawling, while the Original Mode has branching paths, save points, and multiple endings.




Paradise Lost: First Contact | PC, Mac, and Linux | 2019
In Paradise Lost: First Contact from Asthree Works, the player controls a form of alien plant life that is not only highly intelligent, but also highly mobile. The plant arrived on Earth by way of an asteroid and awakes to find itself being studied in a laboratory. As the plant, you use your tentacles to move about the underground research facility, searching for a way out via nonlinear exploration, with new areas opening up Metroidvania-style as objects are acquired. Generally, you need to avoid direct confrontation with the machine gun wielding guards, so you will instead sneak about, set up distractions, and even spawn small tentacle plants that you control with your mind. However, there are also times when direct action is needed, such as the game’s boss encounters.



Pepper Grinder | PC | Release Date TBD
Pepper Grinder is a game about a girl and her drill... which you don't get a lot of in video games. Basically, we have Anna Hottenmeyer in the Mr. Driller series and Jill Dozer in Drill Dozer... but developer Ahr Ech is changing all that. Pepper Grinder stars a girl named Pepper and her drill named Grinder, as she sets out across a fantasy world filled with drillable and non-drillable materials. When drilling through the ground, Pepper moves quickly, and the player can steer her around to avoid obstacles, eject Pepper from the ground to fling her into the air, and even drill up under shelled enemies that are invincible from above. Things get crazier when the grappling hook is introduced, which allows Pepper to shoot out of the ground, swing quickly around a grapple point, and go flying over obstacles and ramming herself back into the dirt at high speeds. The drill can also be used to manipulate machinations that affect the environment, such as turning wheels to open the path forward, or launching Pepper high into the air to reach distant areas.




Phase Edge | PC | Release Date TBD
South African one-man developer Punk Arcade (formerly retroFuture) is taking the shmup into action-adventure territory with Phase Edge (formerly zX - Hyperblast). Gone are forced scrolling environments, replaced with a series of large caverns that can be traversed at will with your small but heavily armed ship. As in many shmups, your ship’s projectiles can be upgraded, but you also have a melee attack in the form of a pair of blades that emerge from the front of your ship. These blades allow you to deflect enemy bullets while also powering up your special weapon, encouraging up-close attacks. In addition to exploration, players will still face the more traditional enemy waves and bullet sprays while they attempt to avoid lasers, lava, and other environmental hazards.



Platinum Kill | PC, PS4, and Xbox One | 2019
Fun Infused Games, creators of lo-fi indie actioners Nasty, Hypership Out of Control, and Bad Caterpillar, have returned with Platinum Kill, a Contra-inspired run and gun for up to 5 players on PC or 4 players on console. Gamers who enjoy running through the jungle with no shirt and bright red pants will find themselves at home here, with loads of 1-hit enemies, multi-hit brutes, and destructible objects that dispense powerups like popcorn... if popcorn shot bullets. Use machine guns, spread guns, and big bullets to take down baddies and end-level bosses.




Radio the Universe | PC | Release Date TBD
Radio the Universe, from developer 6e6e6e, is an isometric action adventure offering a large open environment with interconnected areas, secrets, and shortcuts. In this melancholy industrial world, the player must contend with deadly traps and combat mechanized monstrosities, but he can get a leg up on enemies by upgrading his weapons and abilities. Mobile players can dash, dodge, and jump to avoid enemy projectiles and traps, and use these skills to advance on enemies during lulls in their attacks, and they can absorb some damage by using a shield with the proper timing. The tone of the game is further set by hand-drawn interstitial cutscenes, and as the developer warns: "Players who die in-game die in real life."




Rawal Rumble | PC | Release Date TBD
Rawal Rumble, from Anarkade, an 80's arcade-style beat 'em for up to 4P. The game takes place in Barcelona following a civil war that was ended after someone accidentally dropped a nuke near the airport. As a result, the people allowed themselves to be repressed and subjugated. 100 years later, a new force rises up to face this corrupt government, led by a foul-mouthed badass in a muscle shirt whose girlfriend was arrested, and he promises to make them "lick [his] big golden balls"... which is all you need to kick off a brawler. The game features the usual punches and kicks from the days of old - along with optional scanlines - but adds in considerably more crass humor and blood sprays. Players make their way through ten metropolitan locales, bashing faces, grabbing discarded weapons, and beating the stuffing out of powerful bosses with extended life bars.




Raygun Gadabout | PC, Mac, and Linux | Release Date TBD
In Raygun Gadabout, from Quantum Duck Studio, you take on the role of the titular character on her mission to defeat the evildoers of the Space Gopher Empire. The game is a swashbuckling metroidvania adventure visualized in a 1950's sci-fi style reminiscent of Buck Rogers. Players hop aboard their spacecraft and set out across the galaxy in search of adventure, discovering spatial anomalies, derelict spacecraft, and friendly NPC's along the way. On foot, our pink-haired heroine uses her ray gun, plasma blade, and reflector shield to fight evil robots, take down hostile alien creatures, and do battle with menacing bosses.




Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs | PC, Mac, Linux, 3DS, and Dreamcast | Release Date TBD
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, from Team Saber Rider, is based on a short-lived anime television series from the late 80's, and the visuals hold to that 80's anime style. If you want to get caught up on what all of that means, get ye to YouTube and check out an episode or two. The game features the series' four main heroes as playable characters, along with their vehicles, and a transforming spaceship that turns into the Cowboy Mech Ramrod. Players fight across 12 levels that mix on-foot run and gun action with vehicle-based horizontal shmup sequences.




Saving Princess 2 | PC and Android | 2019
So here's a little-known indie gem: Saving Princess. The game never got much attention on account of the PC version only ever being released on Itch.io (also on Android), but it's a solid nonlinear action platformer that plays like a mix of Metroid and Mega Man. BRAINOS returns with Saving Princess 2, which picks up two years after the original and once again stars Portia, an asset recovery specialist. Her latest adventure finds her on Harpyiae Outpost, a research station floating around a gaseous planet, and she must escape once more with PRINCESS while outwitting the station's artificial intelligence. As before, Portia must run, jump, and blast her way through the environment, and upgrade her weapon to allow for "blast jumping" which is used to cross gaps and fight enemies, but this time she has additional weapon customizations available to her which may be equipped for different effects such as faster reload speeds or larger projectiles.




Shakedown Hawaii | PC, PS4, Vita, Switch, and 3DS | May 7, 2019 (all versions except 3DS)
So, Brian Provinciano, the guy behind Vblank Entertainment has basically spent the last 10+ years of his life working on Retro City Rampage and its progenitor, Grand Theftendo. But now he's back with something new: Shakedown Hawaii. It's another open world top-down action game, but this time themed after the 16-bit generation instead of the NES era, and features a substantially larger world map. The game takes place 30 years after the events of the original game and is set in Hawaii (as you may have guessed from the title), thus offering a more colorful tropical locale. The game once again stars "The Player" from the original game as he comes out of retirement to rebuild his empire by attending meetings, coming up with crazy ideas to defeat the competition, and of course, shooting the hell out of everything. Maximum destruction is in store with machine guns, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and an array of driveable vehicles for running down pedestrians and fleeing the Five-O (see what we did there?).




Shattered Realms | PC, and possibly other platforms | Release Date TBD
Free Lives, the developer behind Broforce and Genital Jousting, has teamed up with Kopskop Games to bring you Shattered Realms, a beat 'em up that uses 1:1 fighting game mechanics (unrelated to the fantasy novel series of the same name). Instead of just mashing the PUNCH button until the bad guys fall down, players use advanced combo systems, cancelling techniques, and recovery moves for a more technical experience. Of course, enemy characters and bosses are more intelligent as well and won't fall for your old button mashing brawler tactics. Players have separate buttons for punching, kicking, dashing, and special attacks, and they can build up an EX gauge to unleash powerful moves. Players have access to a dozen ground-based moves and another dozen midair moves, some of which can be combined with EX or super attacks for devastating results. The game supports up to 4P co-op and includes a versus mode.




The Siege and the Sandfox | PC | Release Date TBD
Developers Chucklefish (Starbound, Stardew Valley) and Cardboard Sword have teamed up to create an atmospheric stealth-based metroidvania entitled The Siege and the Sandfox (that's "Sandfox" not "Sandbox"). You take on the role of a thief who witnesses the murder of the king and finds himself accused of this crime and tossed into the dungeon. By mastering stealth and acrobatic abilities, you must evade guards, escape your prison, and expose the true villain in order to save the city.




Starr Mazer | PC, Mac, Linux, and 3DS | Release Date TBD
Shmups and RPG's have intertwined on a few rare occasions, with such titles as The Guardian Legend, Wing Commander, and Sigma Star Saga, and now developer Imagos Softworks (game site) is merging genres again with Starr Mazer a combination of shmup and point-and-click adventure. The developer promises a seamless integration between the two genres with players engaging NPC's to inquire about ship upgrades, or learning new routes that may be taken during shmup sequences. Attacking non-hostile enemies during shump sequences may also impact future NPC conversations and have serious implications. You play as Brick M. Stonewood (and apparently, the "M" stands for "metal", making his name a combination of four types of building materials) a mercenary who emerges from a long hypersleep to pilot the Starr Wolf and possibly become the hero of the galaxy.




Steel Sword Story | PC | Release Date TBD
Do you even know the level of wackiness that 8bits Fanatics brings to the table? You may have heard of Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes, or the updated version called 1001 Spikes, but even stranger than that is their samurai-meets-US-president zombie slayer The Tempura of the Dead (which still needs a Steam release, please!)... and now they're back! Teaming up with Kadokawa Corporation and Playism, the studio is bringing more ninja action with Steel Sword Story. This time you're plying your ninja skills in a dark fantasy world while fighting enemies, performing platforming feats, and taking down big bad bosses. Use your sword to slash enemies and your magical powers to toss fireballs while seeking treasures and avoiding spikes.




Streets of Rage 4 | PS4 and Xbox One | Release Date TBD
Streets of Rage 4 is real, officially endorsed by Sega, published by Dotemu, and developed by Lizardcube, the studio behind the graphically-enhanced Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, and Guard Crush Games, the studio behind Streets of Fury EX. Unless you've been living under a rock, and that rock didn't have a Sega Genesis attached to it, then you know of the Streets of Rage trilogy, and you may also be aware that fans have clamored for a sequel for many years, some even going so far as to create their own versions and unofficial sequels over the years. The game features the series' beat 'em up roots with a fresh coat of blazing neon paint, and allows for 1P or 2P combat with a pumping soundtrack to get your juices flowing... and the juices of your enemies.




Sunless Skies | PC, Mac, Linux | Currently in Steam Early Access and GOG's Games in Development
Failbetter Games, the studio behind Sunless Sea, set in their Lovecraftian Fallen London universe, returns with Sunless Skies, a game set 10 years after the original. The game plays similarly to its predecessor as you dock your skyship in various ports and unravel the stories of the game's universe - and even take a side in the conflict - all told in the series' trademark early 20th century Victorian dialect. Outside of ports, players engage in ship-to-ship battles, and explore mysterious locales, and you can upgrade your ship and recruit crew members to better your chances in the wilds. As before, your very sanity is at stake, and you have to avoid running out of food and falling to mutiny... but if you're feeling peckish, you may consider eating your crew.




Super Meat Boy Forever | PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android | Release Date TBD
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.




Them's Fightin' Herds | PC, Mac, and Linux | Currently in Steam Early Access
Once upon a time, developer Mane6 was working on a fighting game called Fighting is Magic, featuring characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series, but development on that game has since ceased (and desisted). Interestingly, one of the television show's creators, Lauren Faust, was following the game's development and offered to join the team and create new original characters for the game. As a result, the newly-titled Them's Fightin' Herds has an entirely new roster of seven four-legged fighters engaged in cutesy 1-on-1 battle against one another, and it has been successfully funded via an Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $500,000. This is a 4-button fighter with light, medium, heavy, and magic attacks, as well as combos, juggling, and super attacks, as well as a story mode for each fighter.



Tiny Thor's Revenge | PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, 3DS, iOS, and Android | 2019
Tiny Thor's Revenge, from Asylum Square, stars Thor as an 8-year-old boy who just received his mighty hammer as a birthday present. Soon thereafter, all of the gods suddenly vanish, and Thor must set out to save them, battling enemies with his hammer, while collecting treasure along the way, and eating ice cream cones to restore his health. Along the way, Thor earns upgrades for his hammer that let him smash through blocks to further explore the environment, and being able to toss out multiple rapid-fire hammers to take down enemies and bosses. The game is presented in a colorful 16-bit art style.




Treasurenauts | Switch | 2019
This game was originally under development by Renegade Kid, the studio known for Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter. However, now that the studio has gone out of business, development is now in the hands of Atooi, a new studio headed by Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham. Treasurenauts focuses on a motley crew of adventurers, heroes, and some oddball characters (like a ninja) as they seek treasure. You can customize your character’s appearance and select their weapon, with weapons falling into melee, projectile, and explosive categories, each offering strengths and weaknesses. For instance, the sword is fast but has a short range, whereas the bomb is powerful but has a low speed, and firearms can fire over long distances but don’t do as much damage. Players can go it alone or team up with a second player in local co-op for platforming, boss fighting, and treasure hunting, all the while unlocking new abilities (like a double jump) and entirely new playable characters.



UFO 50 | PC and eventually other platforms | 2019
UFO 50 is a collection of 50 games from a collection of developers including Derek Yu (Spelunky), Ojiro Fumoto (Downwell) Eirik Suhrke (Skorpulac), Jon Perry (Time Barons), and Paul Hubans (Madhouse). The games cover a variety of genres and play styles, including shooters, RPG's, puzzlers, brawlers, and platformers, with single player, cooperative, and competitive games in the mix. Each game has a single director in charge of the concept, but with other team members contributing assets, design, and programming assistance. They games aren't quite as long as traditional commercial titles, but they aren't throwaway 5-minute experiences either. The collection is essentially a 50-in-1 cart, but not filled with Chinese knockoff crap or reskinned versions of other games.




UnDungeon | PC, Mac, Linux, and possibly consoles | Release Date TBD
You may not be aware of this, but literally every game in development right now is a roguelike action-RPG. All of them... OK, so that's not true, but there are so many developers out there that are churning out mindless (soulless?) Demon Souls-inspired dungeon crawlers year after year, repeating screen after screen of dark pixelly caves and dungeons. Fortunately, some developers aren't satisfied with the basic constructs and spice things up with a bit of style, with standouts like Risk of Rain and Enter the Gungeon bringing something new to the experience. UnDungeon, from Laughing Machines (game site), aims to make its mark with its unique art style and disturbing creature designs. Some great calamity has caused seven different dimensions to merge into one, each bringing its own unique architecture and species of beings. Taking on the role of a sentient being from one of these seven realms - each with its own unique abilities - you seek to uncover the mysteries of the new world and what has brought these dimensions together. Per genre standards, you'll be facing tough enemies in a procedurally generated world with permadeath that restarts your adventure should you fail.




Valfaris | PC | 2019
In 2016, a beautiful and atmospheric game called Slain was released, and it basically looked like a heavy metal album cover come to life in glorious 2D. Unfortunately, the game had loads of problems at release, not the least of which were a poorly-implemented combo system, cumbersome controls, bad writing, and simply awful sound design... some of which was addressed in the retitled re-release called Slain: Back from Hell. So, if you've heard bad things about the developer, this is why. Developer Steel Mantis (game tweets) has a new and similarly-gorgeous actioner entitled Valfaris, which promises to be "a heavy metal space saga". The game features melee- and projectile-based combat as the player ventures through dark gothic environments fighting detailed - and often grotesque - biological and mechanical enemies and bosses, leaving behind sprays of blood, gobs of goo, and piles of bodies in his wake. Environments are dark and gritty and filled with moving elements and enemy creatures, and the game is accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack.




Wildfire | PC | 2019
Developer and stealth-focused website Sneaky Bastards wants you to sneak around and play with matches in Wildfire. The game is a stealth-based platformer where the player is able to use fire to his advantage. The protagonist is able to sneak through tall grass and use smoke to hide his movements, and he can also use fire to frighten enemies and even cause them to be killed as they try to escape the blaze... which you must do as well, lest the flames burn out of control and consume you. Players must use fire strategically or they run the risk of being discovered as long grasses are burnt away, or the glow of the fire may alert nearby enemies in dark areas. Eventually, players will be able to do more than start fires; they will gain the ability to propel themselves to higher platforms with jets of flame and use smoke clouds to cushion landings from greater heights.




Witchmarsh | PC, Mac, and possibly Linux | Release Date TBD
Witchmarsh, from Inglenook Games, is a spritely action-RPG set in 1920’s Massachusetts, focusing on a team investigating the disappearances of a dozen townsfolk in a supernatural mystery. Players may select from one of several investigators, heading straight in with set template, or customizing their abilities and items. Investigators have different specialties, such as the Technician that can zap enemies with her lightning rod, and the mysterious horned Guardian who can damage enemies with fire. In addition to hacking and slashing evil monsters, players must actually work toward solving the case by speaking with NPC’s and analyzing clues. Investigators may team up via online multiplayer for 2-4P co-op.



Xydonia | PC, Mac, and Linux | 2019
Xydonia, from Breaking Bytes, is a retro-style horizontal shmup inspired by R-Type, Gradius, and Darius. Set in the year 30XX, spacefaring humankind have set their eyes on a mysterious planet called Xydonia, but no one who has explored the planet has returned. As you might expect, you play one such adventurer who hopes to uncover the mysteries of this ancient civilization and reap the rewards for yourself. Players may select one of three starting pilots - or team up with another player in 2P co-op - and additional pilots remain to be unlocked, each with a different set of upgradeable weapons and passive modifiers. Players can also unlock new weapons by scavenging parts from defeated bosses. Additionally, the game features branching paths, hidden stages, and multiple endings.






* Because these games are in various stages of development and represent in-progress work, certain elements could change prior to release, including the release date and platform.