New Release: Chenso Club

A roguelike brawler starring 5 super-powered heroines, from Pixadome

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

September 29, 2022

Target Acquired: Dark Light

Dark Light, from Mirari+Co., is a gritty sci-fi actioner set in a cyberpunk world populated by supernatural creatures that are invisible to the naked eye. You take on the role of a Dark Hunter, and you use light from a hovering drone to detect these invisible enemies. Once they have been revealed, you can smash them with your trusty sledgehammer, or use one of many guns, melee weapons, or throwables that you encounter during your mission. Enemies range from loping ghouls to flying dragons to hulking abominations, along with more advanced foes capable of wielding weapons and shields. The game offers nonlinear progression and the ability to upgrade weapons and skills by collecting shards from defeated enemies.

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

September 27, 2022

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

Target Acquired: Black Witchcraft

Here's a game back from the dead... Black Witchcraft was originally announced for release at the end of 2015, but after it missed that target, and social media updates stopped in 2017, we dropped it from our Watchlist. But Quattro Gear has finally delivered their combo-based action-RPG 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.

The game is now availalbe for PC via Steam, and it's also planned for consoles... but I don't think that Vita release is still gonna happen.

September 26, 2022

New Blip: Momodora: Moonlit Farewell

Momodora: Moonlit Farewell, from Bombservice, is the latest in a long running series that got its start more than a decade ago, consisting of Momodora 1-3 and a prequel entitled Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight. The studio took a break from this series of dark female-led metroidvanias and actioners to make Minoria, a dark female-led metroidvania actioner... so hey they're stickin' with what works! For those who haven't played a boatload of Momodora games (like us), the series stars two main protagonists: Momo and Dora. Dora, high priestess of Koho village, takes the lead role once again to save her village from an evil bellringer who has called forth an army of demons. The game is set five years after the events of Momodora III, and while it is built upon those foundations, it's intended to be enjoyed by veterans and newcomers alike. This metroidvania features fast combat with melee combos, a snappy dash maneuver, and projectile-based combat with a bow and arrows. As the series has grown and improved, so too has the quality of the art and animations, with this latest outing offering stunning character designs, foreboding environments, nasty-looking monsters, and menacing bosses.

The game is coming to PC, 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.

September 23, 2022

Target Acquired: Shovel Knight Dig

Yacht Club Games returns with another tale in the Shovel Knight saga, this time teaming up with Nitrome, the studio behind Bomb Chicken and numerous mobile titles. Shovel Knight Dig sees everyone's favorite knight of shovelry - with increased graphical fidelity - in a descent-based adventure that mixes elements of the Dig Dug / Mr. Driller series and 1-on-1 Mega Man-style boss battles. Shovel Knight still fights enemies and grabs treasure, but this time around, he gains new abilities that let him hurl bouncing projectiles, blast nearby enemies with a great horn, and shrink down to a minuscule size to fit through small openings.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Switch via eShop, and iOS via Apple Arcade.