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: Turrican Anthology Vol. I & II

A collection of games from the seminal eurostyle shooter series, from Factor 5

August 10, 2022

New Blip: Magenta Horizon

Magenta Horizon, from solo dev Maddison Baek under the Hellfire Railway Interactive label, is a sidescrolling actioner with combo-based melee combat. You take on the role of Gretel, an exiled reaper who has spent the last two centuries locked in a sort of purgatory. But one day, she is freed by a man named Archibald, and she decides to help Archibald travel to the sanctuary where she once spent her afterlife... but she'll have the hordes of the underworld to deal with along the way. Gretel has an array of melee abilities available to her from the start, allowing her to chain together combos, juggle enemies, and bounce from one enemy to the next, with health rewards keeping her going to continue the fight. Ranged weapons are unlockable along the way, allowing for some added strategy amidst the fast-paced hacking and slashing. And the whole adventure is set in an insane-looking world filled with strange and grotesque creatures, and huge bosses.

The final game is planned for release on PC in 2023. A demo with the first act is available via Steam and Itch.

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

August 7, 2022

Target Acquired: Turrican Anthology Vol. I & II

Turrican Anthology Vol. I & II, from Factor 5, offers an expansive look at the Turrican series, from its Amiga roots through to the final entry on the SNES. Now, you may be thinking to yourself... Didn't Factor 5 just release a collection of Turrican games last year? And you'd be right. The Turrican Flashback collection contained four of the games included here, but fans of the series may be interested in several new offerings in this anthology. First and foremost, there's a whole game here that wasn't in the previous collection, namely Turrican 2. There are also some variations on these games with score attacks, director's cuts, and the Amiga version of Turrican 3 as a standalone release. On top of this, the anthology includes manual scans, a remastered soundtrack from Chris Huelsbeck, previously unreleased concept art, and the ability to vew the full map for every game in the collection... and even play the game with the expanded map enabled.

Turrican Anthology Vol. I & II were originally released in physical form, but now they're available for Switch via eShop (Vol 1 / Vol 2), and PS4/PS5 via PSN (Vol 1 / Vol 2). Check our coverage here.

Turrican Anthology Vol. I includes:
  • Turrican (Amiga)
  • Turrican II (Amiga)
  • Super Turrican (SNES)
  • Super Turrican Director's Cut (SNES)
  • Mega Turrican Score Attack (Genesis)
Turrican Anthology Vol. II includes:
  • Turrican 3 (Amiga)
  • Mega Turrican (Genesis)
  • Mega Turrican Director's Cut (Genesis)
  • Super Turrican 2 (SNES)
  • Super Turrican Score Attack (SNES)

July 25, 2022

New Blip: Gedda Cake

For anyone who has ever complained that there aren't enough dragons or cakes in video games, Flannel Bear Games has cooked up Gedda Cake, a game about... *checks notes*... dragons and cake! In a universe that literally runs on sugar, you take on the role of a chubby dragon named Gedda who must reunite with his siblings to restore balance to all of creation... but first, snacks! In all, there are six dragons, each with their own elemental affinity - fire, water, earth, ice, light, and dark - and all of them eventually become playable characters. In this adventure-platformer, you can swap between dragons on the fly, perform combo-based elemental attacks, swim underwater, spit fire, smash into the ground, and more, as you explore the lands of Sugria, fight enemies, take down bosses, and solve environmental puzzles.

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

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

July 11, 2022

New Blip: Chenso Club

Chenso Club, from Pixadome (developers of Hayfever), is a brawler-platformer starring five girls on a mission to save the world from an alien invasion. There's Blue, an android girl with a chainsaw; Carmine, an armored guard with a huge spiked hammer; Plum, a witch who uses a broom casts magical projectiles; Alice, a mountain climber who uses ice axes and a grappling hook; and Molly, a firefighter who tosses globs of water... and grenades! The girls manage to find a way to use the aliens' life force to imbue themselves with great power, allowing them to dash and smash, bounce off of enemies, and perform fast-moving combat maneuvers, leaving colorful sprays of blood and piles of meaty giblets in their wake. Levels are randomized, and players can go it alone or bring along a fellow Chenso girl for offline cooperative obliteration.

The game is coming to PC this summer... and it's already summer ye kin, so... soon!

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

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.