Upcoming Release: Source of Madness

A roguelike actioner set in a dark Lovecraftian world, from Carry Castle

Upcoming Release: Moo Lander

A colorful action adventure where you pilot a milk-powered UFO and abduct cows, from The Sixth Hammer

New Release: GB Rober

An anti-capitalist actioner with a low resolution, fast action, and big explosions, from Mokkograd

New Release: Mission in Snowdriftland

A remake of a classic Flash-based game originally used as a Nintendo promotion, from Tons of Bits

New Release: Below the Ocean

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

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.

December 19, 2021

New Blip: Emuurom

Emuurom, from Borbware, is a nonviolent metroidvania with a focus on scanning the eponymous Emuurom... which is not a website for downloading illicit retro games. Emuurom are living flora and fauna, and their lives are being threatened due to an incoming comet called The Red Interloper. You take on the role of a red-haired "retrobiologist" named Maire as she explores a large interconnected world and uncovers its mysteries. Unlike many actioners, your goal is not to kill the various creatures and gain more power, but rather to use your scanner to understand them and their part in the ecosystem. This allows you to learn their abilities, use their abilities to make your way through the world, and discover hidden areas.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux in 2022. A demo is available on Steam and there's an older demo on Itch.

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