New 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: 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

February 28, 2018

New Blip: Raging Justice

Raging Justice, from MakinGames, is a sidescrolling beat 'em up made up of high-gloss prerendered claymation-style sprites that look like they fell out of Donkey Kong Country (and hey, one of the devs used to work at Rare, so maybe they did!). The game features traditional brawler fare with a pair of rogue cops - with the totally plausible 80's-style names of Rick Justice and Nikki Rage - take to the streets to whip some thug ass and take down a crime lord... and you can even choose whether you want to arrest the criminals or just beat them into a pulp. Players can go it alone or team up with a real life friend for online 2P co-op. You'll be beating up mofos with your bare hands, running them over with tractors, bashing their teeth in with baseball bats, and even letting off the occasional inappropriate shotgun blast.

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

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

February 25, 2018

Target Acquired: Wulverblade

Wulverblade, from Darkwind Media and Fully Illustrated, is a sidescrolling beat 'em up taking place in Britain in 120 AD. You control one of a pair of burly bearded men with swords and shields - or badass woman named Guinevere - who brutally slash their way through opposing armies, spraying blood across the battlefield. Battle your way though the rolling hills, forests, caves, cities, and enemy fortresses taking down enemies and bosses with a variety of melee weapons. Locales and certain key characters are based on their real world counterparts, and the game is presented in a dark illustrated style. Go it alone, or team up with a local companion for 2P co-op.

The game came out on Switch at the end of last year via eShop, but just arrived on PC via Steam, PS4 via PSN, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store. Check our coverage here.

February 22, 2018

Early Arrival: Them's Fightin' Herds

Once upon a time, developer Mane6 was working on a fighting game called Fighting is Magic, featuring characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series, but development on that game has since ceased (and desisted). Interestingly, one of the television show's creators, Lauren Faust, was following the game's development and offered to join the team and create new original characters for the game. As a result, the newly-titled Them's Fightin' Herds has an entirely new roster of seven four-legged fighters engaged in cutesy 1-on-1 battle against one another, and it has been successfully funded via an Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $500,000. This is a 4-button fighter with light, medium, heavy, and magic attacks, as well as combos, juggling, and super attacks, as well as a story mode for each fighter.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam Early Access and Humble Store.

February 7, 2018

Target Acquired: Dandara

Dandara, from Long Hat House, is a metroidvania with a unique take on player movement. You take on the role of the titular Dandara, a woman trying to save the citizens of Salt, a world on the brink of collapse. Dandara is able to leap between any surface, sticking to walls, ceilings, and even rotating platforms as she dashes from one location to the next, offering a different take on environmental traversal and combat as she avoids enemy fire by dashing up to the ceiling and unleashing an attack of her own. Players will also solve environmental puzzles and earn new abilities that allow them to reach previously inaccessible areas.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store, Switch via eShop, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, iOS via App Store, and Android via Google Play. Check the trailer below to see more of Dandara's high-flyin' shenanigans:

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

February 5, 2018

Target Acquired: Remnants of Naezith

We've said it before, and we'll say it again... there just aren't enough grappling hook games out there. Fortunately, Tolga Ay is here to help with Remnants of Naezith, a high-speed precision grappler that makes Radd Spencer look like Nathan Spencer. One day, a treasure-hunting adventurer named Kayra is grappling his way though some caves and finds himself possessed by Naezith the Thunder Dragon. As it turns out, Naezith needs the Kayra's skills to escape the cave, promising him great treasure in return. In the bargain, the adventurer finds that claws have been permanently attached to his hands, allowing him to fire them off and create a grapple beam. Players must swing their way past spinning saw blades, burning lasers, and pools of water while maintaining momentum, with gameplay inspired by Super Meat Boy and Dustforce. In addition, player have the ability to air dash, wall slide, wall jump, and double jump in order to make their way through the extensive array of caves.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam. Check our coverage here.