New Release: Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

Action-adventure in the style of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, from Team Ladybug and Why So Serious

New Release: Heidelberg 1693

A dark and gruesome actioner set in an alternate 17th century Germany, from Andrade Games

New Release: Mighty Goose

A run-and-gun actioner inspired by arcade classics like Metal Slug, from Blastmode

New Release: Fallingstar

A Breakout-style game where you play as an angel who has been cast out of heaven, from Harley Wilson

New Release: Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX

A remake of the Sega Master System classic with a few new enhancements, from Jankenteam

July 22, 2021

New Blip: Carpathian Night

Carpathian Night, from Tezcatek (game tweets), is a sidescrolling actioner that wears its Castlevania influences on its sleeve, but it's more classic-vania than metroidvania... closer to something along the lines of Super Castlevania IV. As with the adventures of the Belmont clan, you find yourself facing Lord Dracula himself, along with his monstrous minions as you battle your way across the Carpathian countryside and various gothic structures. You take on the role of a warrior monk named Abbot Dorin, and his vampire companion named Irina Dracul (three guesses who she's related to) who possesses the power of pyromancy. The two characters play somewhat differently, as one uses a whip and the other uses a spear (hints of Castlevania Bloodlines), and as expected, they use their melee weapons to dispatch enemies, break torches that drop hearts (for health not subweapons), and discover secrets behind breakable walls.

The game is coming to PC next year, but a playable demo is available now on Steam.

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

July 11, 2021

New Blip: Mission in Snowdriftland

In 2006, to celebrate the games coming to their newly-launched Nintendo DS and Wii platforms, Nintendo offered a playable advent calendar entitled UPIXO in Action: Mission in Snowdriftland, developed by extra toxic (game site). The game was a platformer starring a snowman named Chubby Snow who wore red shoes and a bellboy cap as he journeyed across four themed areas. The game included 24 levels, with new levels unlocking every day between December 1-24 to count down the days to Christmas. However, the game was only meant to be available for a limited time, and it was taken offline in January of the following year, only to reappear briefly for another event in 2010. Unfortunately, the Flash-based game was almost lost to time as it remained unplayable for many years - and now Flash is no longer supported by any of the major browsers - so it seemed likely that Chubby's adventures were doomed to be forgotten. But thanks to some passionate fans, especially documentarian Nick Robinson, the game is getting a second life in the form of Mission in Snowdriftland, created under extra toxic's development label tons of bits. The remastered game includes the original 24 levels and final boss battle, presented in widescreen HD at 60fps.

The game is coming to PC at the end of the year, but the first 3 levels are playable now via a special "Snowlogue" on Steam. If you're curious all of the details, scroll down past the trailer and check out Nick Robinson's documentary on the history of the game, discussions with the developers, and the reveal of the new remaster.

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

June 24, 2021

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

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

The game is coming to PC later this year.

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

June 23, 2021

New Blip: Gearshifters

Gearshifters, from Red Phantom Games, represents a heretofore unseen amalgamation of genres with its arcade-style car combat roguelike shoot 'em up action. You rip down the highway in your weapon-equipped vehicle blasting enemies ahead and behind, smashing through obstacles, and dodging return fire. You have a variety of weapons and defenses at your disposal - with upgrades purchased by taking on dangerous jobs to earn money - and you're able to skid to the side so you can blast enemies at angles. You shoot your way through enemy vehicles, trucks that absorb more damage, and huge bosses in the form of construction vehicles, jet-powered hot rods, and various transforming machinations. And yeah, the game is fully 3D, but it's got the spirit of a souped-up adrenalized horizontal Spy Hunter, so it's on the Watchlist!

The game is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year.

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

June 22, 2021

Target Acquired: Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, from Jankenteam, is a visually-enhanced remake of the original 8-bit classic from the Sega Master System. The game is close to a screen-by-screen remake of the original, but with a few key differences, primarily in the snappier controls for Alex. In addition, the game features new levels that are seamlessly integrated into the experience, several new music tracks, and somewhat more complex miniboss encounters... but the same old rock-paper-scissors stuff for the main bosses. Players who want to avoid the frustration that comes with old-school difficulty and cheap deaths can enable an infinite lives option. Purists can go in with limited lives and unlock a classic mode and boss rush mode.

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