New Release: Cannon Dancer - Osman

An enhanced edition of a bombastic arcade actioner, from Mitchell Corporation and ININ Games

New Release: Hazard Saviour

An open world platformer inspired by Crazy Taxi, from Sinclair Strange

New Release: Ginsha

An open world action-adventure that takes place across multiple planets, from PolarityFlow

New Release: Haunted Lands: Burial Grounds

A tough and bloody DOS-style shooter, from Alexey Goryachev

New Release: Curse of the Sea Rats

An open world action-adventure featuring 2D animation and 3D environments, from Petoons Studio

August 31, 2019

Target Acquired: Whipseey and the Lost Atlas

Whipseey and the Lost Atlas, from Daniel A. Ramirez (game tweets), is a bite-sized platformer starring a boy named Alex who finds himself in a strange world and transformed into a cute pink thing called Whipseey. Whipseey can hop-and-bop like many other platforming heroes, or he can use his whip to smash enemies or swing back and forth on grapple points, or he can spin it above his head like a helicopter to slowly glide to the ground. He travels through a number of colorful environments, including forests, deserts, frozen wastelands filled with toys, and even underwater caverns as he tries to make his way home.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store, and Switch via eShop.

August 28, 2019

Target Acquired: Minoria

Bombservice is the studio behind the Momodora series. Momodora 1-3 were all pretty sweet, but the developer really hit his stride with the series prequel, a dark and engaging metroidvania entitled Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight. And now, the studio has returned with Minoria, a spiritual sequel to the Momodora series that casts off its chunky visuals in favor of a smoother HD presentation, while offering a similarly dark world with action focusing around melee combat and magic spells. Set in an entirely new universe, the game stars Fran and Semilla, sisters who work as missionaries on behalf of the church as they work to protect the commoners from heretical witches... although the sisters make use of spellcraft themselves.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Itch, GOG, and Humble Store.

August 27, 2019

New Blip: Armortale

Armortale, from RPG2 Heaven, is a lighthearted platformer set in a world of fantasy where the kingdom is being assailed by baby demon foxes. A tower full of monsters has risen, and a plucky hero sets out to meet them in battle as he journeys through 10 themed locales. The hero has the ability to swap between four different sets of legendary armor on the fly, granting him new attacks and abilities, among them is the ability to swing a sword, fire off projectiles, drop bombs, and even fly through the air with a winged helmet. The game world is bright and colorful, with enemies that tend toward the bulbous end of the spectrum, adding a bit of cuteness to their deadliness.

The game is coming to PC "soon".

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

August 25, 2019

Target Acquired: Space Cortex

Space Cortex is the latest from BRAINOS, the developer behind Saving Princess and its upcoming sequel. You take on the role of an operative - or a pair of them in 2P co-op - who must infiltrate a space station to defeat a superintelligent AI, allowing your team to destroy the entire station with an antimatter beam. You enter the station and move region by region, taking down enemies and bosses in order to open the way to the AI core. By exploring thoroughly, you encounter upgrades that allow you to increase your firing rate, ammo capacity, and maximum HP, allowing you to become more effective in combat. The experience is presented in a chunky retro style with a low resolution, limited color palette, and lo-fi soundtrack.

The game is now available on PC via Itch. Check our coverage here.

August 23, 2019

Target Acquired: Mable & The Wood

Mable & The Wood, from Triple Vision Games, is an explorative action game stars a girl named Mable who lives in a world that is being drained of its color due to the overuse of magic. Mable is able to change forms, shapeshifting into the shapes of the bosses she kills, as she fights to save the world... but her very powers are also aiding in its destruction. Transformations include a flying fairy, a creepy grapple-spinning spider, and a stone form that allows you to petrify your foes. The player is able to select from multiple areas, but the journey grows more perilous as the destruction of the world continues. Music for the game was composed by Music for the game was composed by Fat Bard, who was also the composer behind CrashLands and Blitz Breaker.

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

August 22, 2019

New Blip: Bite the Bullet

Bite the Bullet is the latest from Mega Cat Studios, the studio behind Coffee Crisis and Log Jammers. The game is a run-and-gun shooter that borrows elements from the Metal Slug and Contra series, but tosses in a bit of cannibalism for good measure. It's not enough to simply kill your enemies... by eating their corpses - and eating bullets and buildings - you can create new weapons gand ain new abilities along a skill tree. You are what you eat, as consuming different kinds of enemies determine what kinds of weapons and modifiers you gain, or what skills you can acquire, such as the ability to spew napalm vomit or transform into a giant mutant creature.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, and Xbox One in 2020.

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

August 20, 2019

New Blip: Skul

Skul, from SouthPAWGames, stars a young skeleton warrior and member of the castle guard, as he fights against brave heroes, plucky adventurers, and warriors of light, across a colorful pixellated world. Skul's king has been taken by an army of the living, and he must kill them all by smashing them with his bone club and tossing his skull Decap Attack-style, or he can take on new abilities by swapping skulls... By taking off his skull and replacing it with others, he is able to gain new abilities and weapons, such as equipping a warrior's helmet in order to attack as an armored knight with a sword, or using a samurai's skull to perform quick slashes with a katana.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Switch, but does not yet have an announced release date. A demo is available on the game's Itch page.

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

August 18, 2019

Target Acquired: Electronic Super Joy 2

Electronic Super Joy 2, from Michael Todd Games is a follow-up to Electronic Super Joy and its mini-sequel Electronic Super Joy: Groove City. It features precision platforming set in a stylish world of neon, missiles, cursing, and golden buttocks, as you complete platforming challenges, first person shooter sequences, and a handful of extended boss encounters. The game sees you running left to right, ascending vertical shafts, completing auto-scrolling sequences, and even tossing your mother through laser beams, with even the slightest mistake leading to death. You're aided by powerups that include multiple midair jumps, a sword that lets you dash through the sky, a butt stomp, and an explosive jump... but each powerup only lasts until the end of the level.

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

August 17, 2019

Vigil: The Longest Night

Vigil: The Longest Night, from Glass Heart Games, is a stylish medieval actioner set in a dark world filled with grotesque monstrosities and inspired by Castlevania, Salt and Sanctuary, and Bloodborne. You take on the role of Leila, a member of the Vigil, who returns home to search for her sister. As she explores the nearby villages, forests, and caves, she discovers that things have taken a twisted turn, and the sun no longer rises here. Leila is able to use several weapon types, including a sword, daggers, and a bow and arrows, and the game employs a skill tree, allowing Leila to level up and learn new abilities to aid her in combat. The game's creature designs are particularly notable, featuring the loping undead, strange and menacing beasts, impossible skeletal constructions, and masses of pulsating flesh.

The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch in 2020.

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

August 13, 2019

New Blip: MindSeize

MindSeize, from Kamina Dimension, is a sci-fi action-adventure that pits you against a mysterious organization called The Ascended, which is capable of stealing people's minds. You take on the role of a private investigator whose daughter was a victim of this organization, so you put together a crew, connect your mind to a highly-maneuverable robot body, and travel from planet to planet on a quest to take them down. The game allows you to equip a pair of weapons, mix and match melee and projectile weapons to suit your playstyle, and earn new movement abilities that allow you to explore large environments and take down enemies and hulking robotic bosses.

The game is coming to PC later this year. An alpha demo is available on Steam, Itch, or Game Jolt.

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

August 10, 2019

Target Acquired: Grelox

Grelox, from Sunteam, is a game that takes its inspirations from Zillion on the Master System, and the developer has even gone so far as to limit the color palette to that of Sega's famed 8-bit console... although the graphical fidelity is more in line with a 16-bit game. You take on the role of a woman named Grelox who is out hunting a crime boss on a distant planet. In order to explore the environment, Grelox must access various computer terminals and disable them, which in turn opens locked doors. The game takes place in across seven themed areas in a nonlinear world made up of interconnected single screen environments.

The game is now available on PC for free via the developer's website. Check our coverage here.

August 8, 2019

New Blip: Unsighted

Unsighted, from Studio Pixel Punk, is a cyberpunk action-adventure set in a world that was once filled with a great population of androids. But now their energy source is nearly depleted, threatening the continuation of consciousness for those few androids who remain. Now, a once great city is overgrown and stands on the brink of ruin and machines have become corrupted, causing them to turn against you. You must solve puzzles, overcome environmental challenges, and defeat enemies in a nonlinear world. Along the way, you can equip numerous melee and ranged weapons, level up to increase your strength, and learn new abilities that allow you to explore further. The game features sexy pixel art and some lovely environmental effects.

The game is coming to PC in 2020.

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

August 7, 2019

New Blip: Unto the End

In Unto the End, from 2 Ton Studios, you take on the role of a father who is attempting to reunite with his family, but his journey is long and fraught with danger, and the environment is harsh and unforgiving. Combat requires you to gauge your foes' movements so you can attack, parry, and counterattack, allowing you to strike down and even behead the enemies and monstrous creatures that you encounter along the way. Combat is tactical, deliberate, and bloody, requiring you to make the most of your sword and occasionally use ranged weapons as you take on groups of enemies and fight in one-on-one combat.

The game is coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, but does not yet have an announced release date.

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

August 4, 2019

Target Acquired: Eagle Island

Eagle Island, from Pixelnicks, is a platformer with an open world consisting of multiple procedurally-arranged dungeons. The game stars Quill, a young ornithologist who is accompanied by his owl as he explores an island that is being terrorized by a giant eagle. Quill uses his owl as a weapon, calling it to him and then casting it off in one of eight directions to strike enemies. Along the way, he opens treasure chests that give him a random assortment of powerups to aid him in his journey to the dungeon boss. By defeating bosses and completing dungeons, Quill unlocks new magical enhancements for his owl, as well as new movement abilities, which are then used in future dungeons and in the overworld to slowly open new routes.

The game is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and GOG, and Switch via eShop. Check our coverage here.

August 1, 2019

New Blip: Lunark

Lunark, from Canari Games, is a cinematic platformer inspired by the likes of Flashback and Prince Of Persia. The game offers chunky pixel art and vibrant colors reminiscent of the 16-bit era, and even features rotoscoping! In the future, Earth has become incompatible to human life, and the last remaining survivors have been relocated to the moon by Noah, an artificial intelligence, until a new home can be found. Hundreds of years have passed, and now you take on the role of Leo, an inhabitant of the lunar ark (yeah, the Lunark) who finds himself in the middle of a rebellion. He interacts with a cast of colorful characters, performs feats of platforming and shooting, and explores a variety of environments and alien ruins.

The game is coming to PC, Mac, and Switch in mid-2020.

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