May 30, 2015

Target Acquired: The Next Penelope

Aurélien Regard is the co-founder of Arkedo, and developed such titles as Nervous Brickdown, Big Bang Mini, the Arkedo Series, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. Following the studio’s closure in 2013, Aurélien set out to make games on his own. His first project is The Next Penelope, and it stars Penelope, the wife of Ulysses (a.k.a. Odysseus) from the classic Greek tale The Odyssey, but this game takes place far in the future. As in the original epic poem, Ulysses has left for a grand adventure and struggles to return home to his wife. However, in this game, Penelope takes a more active role and sets out on a quest to find him. The game is a futuristic top-down racer, along the lines of F-Zero. Penelope sets out across the galaxy to explore worlds and gain new permanent abilities by racing against classic Greek characters like the Sirens, and defeating bosses like the Minotaur. Abilities include shooting, boosting, dropping mines, and Velocity-style teleportation.

The Next Penelope has arrived on Steam for PC, Mac, and Ubuntu, and will also be released for Wii U later this year. For more details, check out our full review.

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


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