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: Adventure Bit

An single-screen actioner modeled after classic MSX games, from Seep

New Release: Summer Catchers

A road trip game about a girl from the north on a journey to find summer, from FaceIT

New Release: Cathedral

A retro-style metroidvania set in an expansive world, from Decemberborn Interactive

New Release: Speed Limit

An arcade-style game offering nonstop action across multiple genres, from Gamechuck

May 11, 2021

New Blip: Moons of Darsalon

Moons of Darsalon is a retro-style rescue-based actioner from Dr. Kucho! Games that is set in the same universe - and in some of the same environments - as their previous release, Pilots of Darsalon. However, instead of piloting a spaceship down into caverns, you play as a "darsanaut" who must rescue lost miners. You have a laser gun for blasting enemies, a jet pack for environmental traversal, and a pair of tools that allow you to destroy or create terrain. You'll need to give the miners some direction to help them get back to safety, so you can issue commands to make them follow you, wait, or head in a specific direction. In addition to the on-foot action, you pilot some vehicles, such as a flying personnel carrier and a 6-wheel all-terrain transport truck. You must blast enemy aliens, spaceships, and vehicles while dodging projectiles and watching that you don't fall to your death in one of the many chasms. There are some modern lighting effects and a physics engine that impacts how characters, vehicles, and liquids interact with the environment, but the game leans hard into its gritty 8-bit computer aesthetic with retro-style filters, music, and speech synthesis.

The game is coming to PC and Mac this December.

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

April 29, 2021

Target Acquired: Battle Axe

Henk Nieborg and Mike Tucker most recently teamed up on the arena-based sci-fi shooter Xeno Crisis. Now they're back with Battle Axe, an arcade-style actioner inspired by 80's and 90's fantasy adventures games, and it's all backed by music from famed composer Manami Matsumae. The game is set in the land of Mercia which has been held under the tyrannical rule of Etheldred for many years, until finally three champions from across the land rise up to face her: an elf, a wizard, and a marauder. The trio - each of whom have his or her own specialties - hack, slash, spellcast, and fire cannonballs (!) as they work their way through hordes of grotesque creatures and undead warriors, and players can go it alone or team up for 2P co-op.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, PS4 via PSN, Switch, and Xbox One.


April 28, 2021

Target Acquired: Clan O'Conall and the Crown of the Stag

Clan O'Conall and the Crown of the Stag, from HitGrab, is an action platformer set in ancient Ireland and inspiredy by Celtic folklore. You take on the role of three siblings, each with different abilities, as they fight their way through evil spirits and bosses on a mission to save their father. You can swap between the three characters on the fly to make use of the warrior's sword, the archer's rapid-fire bow and arrows, and the brute's raw strength. Between these three, players must overcome environmental challenges and deal with enemies using brawler-style combat. The game leans heavily on its art style, offering stark visuals with pre-Renaissance northern European-style artwork and trees that look like they just stepped out of an Eyvind Earle painting.

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

Target Acquired: Gel-Tank

Gel-Tank (a.k.a. 軟体轟輪ゲルタンク), from Technodot, is... well, it's not entirely clear what it is, because very little about the game is in English, but it looks completely crazy so here we are. You drive around in a little tank that is capable of shooting, jumping, and even flipping upside down so it can shoot enemies below. Your tank can use a variey of shot types, including a single shot, double shot, rockets, flaming explosives, and some non-standard projectiles to blast baddies and build up combos. Defeated enemies drop gems, which may be collected and used to purchase new skills. Oh and your little tank can climb inside a bigger tank and drive it around for increased firepower. In fact, there are multiple controllable vehicles, including a motorcycle, submarine, and helicopter. The game is done up in a 16-bit arcade style and focuses on fast action with a healthy dose of silliness, giving it something of a Metal Slug feel.

The game is now available for PC via Steam

April 22, 2021

Target Acquired: Smelter

In Smelter, from X Plus (game tweets), you take on the role of Eve - as in the biblical Eve - on a mission to find Adam following the destruction of the Garden of Eden. Eve discovers a strange creature named Smelter who is able to transform and fuse with her body to give her new abilities. The game mixes action-platforming gameplay with city building strategy segments, not unlike another biblically-themed game: Actraiser. By building up your empire and taking over enemy territory, you unlock sidescrolling action levels where you fight enemies and bosses, and complete platforming challenges. Throughout her adventure, Eve acquires upgrades and new abilities, allowing her to unleash more powerful attacks, climb walls, and whip herself from platform to platform.

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

April 21, 2021

New Blip: Devastator

Devastator is the latest game from Radiangames, the studio that got its start with a series of stylish Xbox Live Indie Games, including JoyJoy, Crossfire 1 & 2, Inferno, Fluid, Fireball, and Ballistic. Since then, the developer has gone on to create a number of titles for modern platforms, as well as updates to some previous hits. Devastator captures a similar spirit with its stylish neon visuals, pulsing techno soundtrack, and frantic twin-stick shooting. You take on the role of the virus-eliminating Devastator program as it moves from wave to wave and level to level, blasting all manner of nasty buggers as they close in from every direction. Gameplay is fast and fluid with Robotron-style enemy destruction, wide-range explosions, and particles flying everywhere.

The game is coming to PC and unspecified consoles sometime later this year.

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

April 5, 2021

New Blip: Loot River

Loot River, from straka.studio, is a dungeon-shifting hack-and-slash roguelike actioner with intense bloody combat set in a dark world filled with sexy grotesque pixels. You have the power of an ancient relic that allows you to shift platforms beneath your feet and slide them around to solve spatial puzzles, traverse the environment, and aid you in combat. Rearrange platforms to lure enemies to your position, dodge attacks, and perform hit-and-run strikes. Along the way, you pick up new items and equipment, gain new abilities, and spend points to level up your stats. Turn baddies and bosses into blood sausage with an array of weapons, spells, and huge smashy blocks.

The game is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S, 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.

April 1, 2021

New Blip: Hippoxxus

Hippoxxus, from Rohan Patel, is a metroidvania starring an amnesiac teen who awakens aboard a gigantic spaceship. You explore a large interconnected world separated into themed biomes, avoiding traps, killing creatures, and blasting bosses along the way. There are nine weapons to be found on your journey, including a plasma blaster, a less accurate rapid fire repeater, and gun that shoots bouncing projectiles, and you're able to shoot in eight directions and lock your aim. The game features blobby, slithery, and spikey enemies - including the metroidvania staple wall-crawling Zoomer-like foes - all of which feature smooth hand-drawn animations. Oh, and there's a grappling hook for a dose of high-flying shenanigans.

The game is coming to PC but does not yet have an announced release date. A playable build is available on Itch.

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

March 30, 2021

Target Acquired: Narita Boy

Narita Boy, from Studio Koba, is a neo-noir actioner starring the eponymous Narita Boy, a digital hero who has the power to swap between dimensions. The digital world has come under attack and you must explore the landscape and uncover the techno sword, the only weapon that can stave off annihilation. You'll spend your time surfing on a floppy diskette, bashing cuboid beasts with a bigass sword, sliding blocks around to solve environmental puzzles, unleashing photon fury on rows of baddies, and riding transforming digital horsies. The game features a distinct visual style with high-frame animations, unusual proportions, and stylized flourishes to emphasize its hard-hitting combat... all accompanied by an 80's-style synth soundtrack.

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

March 27, 2021

Target Acquired: Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth

Record of Lodoss War began as popular series of Japanese novels, and later went on to receive numerous manga and anime adaptations, as well as several video games, and it returns once again in the form of a metroidvania entitled Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth. The game is the result of a team-up between Team Ladybug (developers of Touhou Luna Nights, Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue, and KonoSuba God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Revival of Beldia) and Why So Serious? (developer of Gensokyo Night Festival), and stars Deedlit, the series' elven heroine, as she awakens in an unusual and unknown place and begins encountering some of her old friends. The game wears its Symphony of the Night inspirations on its sleeve, but increases the visual fidelity with higher resolutions and extremely smooth animations. Deedlit attacks with quick melee strikes using a variety of weapons, and she discovers some ranged weapons as well. In addition, she is able to absorb spirit energy by defeating enemies, allowing her to take advantage of these spirits' powers to increase her attack power, defense, and regenerative abilities.

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


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

March 26, 2021

Target Acquired: Kaze and The Wild Masks

Kaze and The Wild Masks, from PixelHive, stars a bunny (and you know how much we love bunnies) who must defend Carrotland from attack by a variety of vicious yet colorful beasts in a cutesy action platformer. Kaze uses his big ole bunny ears to whack enemies, walk ear-over-ear along vines, toss objects and baddies, and even spin around to slow his descent. Classic platformer tropes are strongly represented, with pastoral plains, bouncy mushrooms, brightly-colored collectibles, and secret areas. Finding the game's titular masks grants him new abilities that let him run faster, swim underwater, and take to the skies. Oh, and we're not sure if this means anything, but Kaze translates to "wind" from Japanese... like Kaze no Klonoa. So there's that.

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




March 23, 2021

New Blip: Josh Journey: Darkness Totems

Josh Journey: Darkness Totems, from Provincia Studio, is a colorful beat 'em up for up to four local players. You (and your friends) select one of four heroes to journey across the provinces of wind, water, desert, and industrial, fighting screenfulls of creatures summoned forth by an entity known as The Darkness Shadow, who has the power over nightmares. Only by destroying the darkness totems can the world be saved. Each hero has different abilities and special attacks, allowing players to cooperate in battle, with some wielding melee weapons while others can use ranged attacks like guns and spells. Particular attention has been paid to the hand-drawn animation for each of the characters, enemies, and bosses, giving the visuals a cartoon-like quality.

The game is now available on PC via Steam Early Access.

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

March 22, 2021

New Blip: Smelter

In Smelter, from X Plus (game tweets), you take on the role of Eve - as in the biblical Eve - on a mission to find Adam following the destruction of the Garden of Eden. Eve discovers a strange creature named Smelter who is able to transform and fuse with her body to give her new abilities. The game mixes action-platforming gameplay with city building strategy segments, not unlike another biblically-themed game: Actraiser. By building up your empire and taking over enemy territory, you unlock sidescrolling action levels where you fight enemies and bosses, and complete platforming challenges. Throughout her adventure, Eve acquires upgrades and new abilities, allowing her to unleash more powerful attacks, climb walls, and whip herself from platform to platform.

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.

March 21, 2021

New Blip: Elderand

Elderand, from Mantra and Sinergia Games (game tweets), is a metroidvania set in a dark world inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The game features fast technical combat that requires skillful use of your weaponry, and where button mashing is a sure path to failure. You fight your way through terrible monstrosities as you trek across the world searching for treasures, solving ancient mysteries, and seeking out hidden passages. Skillful explorers will find money and items that can be traded to shopkeepers for better weapons and shields, and some may be found through exploration as well. Players may make use of swords, shields, whips, staffs, throwing axes, and bows and arrows, and they may equip armor and accessories and make use of health restoratives to aid them in their quest.

The game is coming to PC in almost exactly one year, on March 16, 2022.

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

March 20, 2021

New Blip: Axiom Verge 2

Axiom Verge 2, from developer Tom Happ, is the sequel to Axiom Verge... or possibly a prequel... or possibly even virtual reality, the afterlife, or a dream... at any rate, it's the second game in the series, and Mr. Happ is keeping its place in the Axiom-verse to himself for the time being. The game takes place in what appears to be an alternate Earth, with its own variety of ecosystems and the remnants of some ancient civilization... all of which was somehow tucked within a cargo lift in Antarctica. As strange as all of that is, things still aren't quite what they seem. You take on the role of a billionaire named Indra who sets out across this alternate Earth to discover its secrets. She explores the open world, fights mechanical beasties and bosses, and uses her hacking skills to turn the odds in her favor.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, and additional yet-to-be-announced consoles later this year.

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

March 17, 2021

New Blip: Blaster Master Zero 3

Inti Creates has returned with a new - and final - entry in the Blaster Master Zero series, entitled Blaster Master Zero 3. As you may have guessed, the game follows the events of Blaster Master Zero 2 and the original Blaster Master Zero, which itself was a reimagining of the original Blaster Master on NES that incorporated the events of the Worlds of Power novella. For all of this blastering and mastering, the series never really told a compelling story, so it's doubtful that many people are awaiting the gripping conclusion to this paper-thin narrative... but at least there will be more of the series' trademark gameplay. You'll get to blast baddies in your tank during sidescrolling sequences, hop out for on-foot top-down action, and this time around, you'll get to travel to another dimension.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, and PS4 on July 29th.

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

March 16, 2021

New Blip: SANNABI: The Revenant

SANNABI: The Revenant, from Wonder Potion, is a grapple-platformer set in a dystopian world. You take on the role of a retired veteran who uses his prosthetic arm to do some pretty crazy stuff... like slinging himself up walls and hurling himself over buildings. Now he has been called in for one last mission: to overthrow an evil corporation, uncover the secrets behind a mysterious citywide blackout and the disappearance of its citizens, and find something called SANNABI. You use your grapple line to navigate the environment, dodge out of the way of traps, and defeat enemies by quickly zipping into them. You'll also meet a hacker named Mari who can help you to identify enemy weaknesses, decrypt messages, and remotely open doors.

The game is coming to PC but 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.

March 15, 2021

New Blip: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sewers (or something), the frantic 4P TMNT beat 'em up action of the arcade is back with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, from Tribute Games. You may remember Tribute Games as the studio behind Panzer Paladin, Flinthook, and loads of other kickass 2D video games, and while Konami is off doing who-knows-what, Tribute is bringing their 2D pedigree and charming sprite art to everyone's favorite heroes-in-a-half-shell (turtle power!). So you'd have had to have been living under a rock(steady) to be unaware of the turtles or their famous arcade games (or cartoon, or originating comics, etc.), but just in case... you take on the role of one of four ninja turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo, as you go up against tons of foot soldiers, other mutant baddies, and the Shredder himself, with all of the 80's/90's cartoon glory perfectly preserved and character designs ripped straight outta Turtles in Time... there are no brooding angry Justice League wannabes here. This is classic gnarly brawler action for everyone who grew up with the radical arcade games or the SNES ports. These turtle boys don't cut 'em no slack!

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

March 9, 2021

New Blip: Grapple Dog

Grapple Dog, from Joseph Gribbin, is a high-flying grapple-platformer starring a dog named Pablo who sets sail across six environments to save the world from Nul, a megalomaniacal robot. The game uses bold colors to communicate safe grapple points to the player, allowing him to flow from one object to the next as he collects fruit, dodges obstacles, and hunts for hidden areas. The grapple can be used to zip to objects and enemies to smash them, and the player must face off against bosses as well. In addition to grappling, the player can swim, perform wall jumps, and dive bomb to drop downward quickly.

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.

March 7, 2021

Target Acquired: Speed Limit

Speed Limit, from Gamechuck, is an over-the-top arcade-style experience that blends multiple genres. You take on the role of some unknown fellow who is suddenly thrust into danger when a strange man bumps into him on the train. Suddenly, you find yourself pursued by agents, helicopters, and other vehicles as you fight your way through multiple gameplay styles with no level breaks in between. You start out on foot, running through the train and shooting bad guys as you try to make your escape, but then you jump into a red convertible for a couple of overhead driving/shooting levels, before transitioning onto a motorcycle, then a helicopter, and finally a fighter jet. It's worth checking out the trailer below to get a feel for the various sorts of mayhem in store for you across this fast-paced bite-sized experience.

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

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

March 3, 2021

Target Acquired: Sir Lovelot

Sir Lovelot is the latest from pixel.lu, the studio behind Sigi - A Fart for Melusina. This precision platformer stars the titular knight on a quest to find love by impressing maidens with acts of platforming - and some lovely gifts - across the kingdoms of Lululand. Sir Lovelot dashes across 40+ dangerous levels displaying derring do by defeating dastardly enemies, hopping across pits of spikes, outrunning rolling stone skulls, and blasting baddies with bullets. Fortunately, the knight is a capable hero, able to double jump, dive under the water, climb vines, grab ledges, and discover secrets like golden-egg-laying geese to impress greedy princesses.

The game is now available for PC via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, Xbox One via Microsoft Store.

Early Arrival: Revita

Revita, from Ben Star, is a roguelike actioner with chunky visuals, fast gameplay, and twin-stick controls. You take on the role of an amnesiac in search of their lost memories as you climb a procedurally-generated clock tower while fighting your way through enemies and bosses... and you're sent back to the bottom if you fail. In addition to twin-stick shootery, you can also perform air dashes and wall slides, and you can find run-specific powerups to unleash more firepower... eventually reaching ridiculous levels of bullet fury. Along the way, you'll encounter a cast of characters who may be able to aid you on your travels.

The game is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access

February 22, 2021

New Blip: Ancient Abyss

Ancient Abyss, from Screambox Studio, is a Zelda-like roguelike hack-and-slash(-like) where you descend into... well an ancient abyss presumably. As you explore a procedurally-generated labyrinth, you gain strength and gather items to help you descend further, per genre conventions. You take on the role of a ponytailed lass who explores a dangerous world by running, rolling, and swimming her way through overgrown environments and ancient contraptions, while learning new skills that allow her to reach hidden areas and previously inaccessible treasures. Along the way, she engages in combat with enemies and bosses using a variety of weapons, including swords, hammers, firearms, throwable bombs, and even her fists.

The game is currently available on PC via Steam Early Access.

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

February 21, 2021

Target Acquired: Summer Catchers

Summer Catchers, from FaceIT and Noodlecake Studios, is a road trip game about a northlander who has never experienced summer, and so she sets out on an adventure to find it. She starts by driving a rickety hand-made car through the procedurally generated wintry woods, bashing through obstructions, jumping over pits of ice, and boosting over hills... and this is done in a deck-builder style with abilities dealt to the player, which may be used or discarded in favor of another random draw. Along the way, she makes many friends, each of whom has tasks that she must help them complete before she can move on, but she can write them letters from the road. As she moves across the plains, the desert, and even lava-filled caves, she encounters new obstacles and objectives that she must navigate by using her bag of tools. The endless runner-style gameplay offers a fair amount of randomness and relies a bit on luck, but it's a generally casual experience - outside of some boss encounters - where players are always making progress toward their end goal.

The game has been out for a while on PC and Mac via Steam, iOS via App Store, and Android via Google Play, but it's newly available on Switch via eShop and supports a controller or touchscreen interface. Check our coverage here.

February 15, 2021

Target Acquired: Adventure Bit

Adventure Bit, from Seep, is an MSX-style action platformer starring Harry and Lana, a pair of adventurers hunting for treasure in an ancient Aztec temple. Armed with only a whip, you take on 96 single-screen environments across six difficulty settings that slowly unlock as you play, starting out very easy and then escalating to a expert levels. Standing in your way are snakes, bats, mummies, and armed guards, and numerous traps, along with some pesky ghosts that can only be destroyed with fire. Interspersed throughout the temple are treasure rooms that award 1UPs if you are quick enough, and every level contains a valuable crystal skull. Play alone or with a friend in local 2P co-op.

The game is now available for PC via Steam. Check our coverage here.

February 11, 2021

New Blip: Kitsune Tails

Kitsune Tails is the result of a collaboration between Kitsune Games (Super Bernie World) and MidBoss LLC (2064: Read Only Memories). This is a game about Japanese mythology, a love of Super Mario Bros. 3, and diverse gender relationships. You take on the role of a fox-eared, purple-haired, puffy-tailed kitsune girl who sets out on an adventure through a colorful world. Along your journey, you'll hop across platforms, bop enemies on the head, and make use of costumes that change your abilities... including a shark, a dragon, a ninja, and even an outfit that looks very much like Kuribo's shoe. You'll explore five themed worlds and numerous haunted houses, facing off against enemies and bosses, and picking up objects and enemies to overcome environmental challenges.

The game is coming to PC, Linux, PS4, and PS5 in Winter of 2022.

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

February 8, 2021

New Blip: 玄女诛魔录

玄女诛魔录, or Xuán Nǚ Zhū Mó Lù, is a metroidvania from developer 青岛三脚猫工作室 (Qīngdǎo sānjiǎo māo gōngzuò shì). You take on the role of a demon-slaying warrior goddess known as Jiutian Xuannü as she travels through six themed worlds searching for the answer to an ancient mystery. The game features hand-painted art and animations, paired with flashy effects that add life to the action. Jiutian Xuannü is a capable heroine who can dash, double jump, and climb through the environment, and she uses her sword and magic spells to fight dozens of demonic enemy types and boss creatures. She can perform combos to slash her way through enemies and obstacles, or use balls of flame to hit targets at a distance, and she meets NPC's that aid her in her journey.

The game is now available for PC via Steam Early Access.
To find more promising 2D games currently under development, be sure to check out our 2D Watchlist.

February 2, 2021

New Blip: Revita

Revita, from Ben Star, is a roguelike actioner with chunky visuals, fast gameplay, and twin-stick controls. You take on the role of an amnesiac in search of their lost memories as you climb a procedurally-generated clock tower while fighting your way through enemies and bosses... and you're sent back to the bottom if you fail. In addition to twin-stick shootery, you can also perform air dashes and wall slides, and you can find run-specific powerups to unleash more firepower... eventually reaching ridiculous levels of bullet fury. Along the way, you'll encounter a cast of characters who may be able to aid you on your travels.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access later this year.

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

January 31, 2021

Target Acquired: Turrican Flashback

Turrican Flashback was developed by Factor 5, the studio behind the Amiga ports of the first two games in the Turrican series, and developers of the Turrican series sequels, and also the developers behind the popular Star Wars: Rogue Squadron trilogy. Turrican Flashback offers four classic games in the Turrican series, including the original Turrican, Turrican II: The Final Fight, Mega Turrican, and Super Turrican. The first two games were seminal titles in the eurostyle shooter genre were some of the best graphical, audio, and gameplay showcases available on the Commodore 64 and Amiga systems, which led to several follow-ups in the ensuing years... but the series went by the wayside once the 3D era began. This collection offers four of those classic games and adds modern niceties like save states, a rewind feature, and the ability to add scanlines and curvature to simulate CRT displays.

The game is now available for Switch via eShop and PS4 via PSN. Check our coverage here.

Strictly Limited Games is also selling physical editions of Turrican Anthology, which contains a different and more expansive collection of games. Volume 1 of the anthology contains:
  • Turrican (Amiga)
  • Turrican 2 (Amiga)
  • Super Turrican (SNES)
  • Super Turrican Director's Cut (SNES) - previously exclusive to the Analogue Super NT
  • Mega Turrican Score Attack (Genesis)
Volume 2 of the anthology contains:
  • Turrican 3 (Amiga)
  • Mega Turrican (Genesis)
  • Mega Turrican Director's Cut (Genesis)
  • Super Turrican 2 (SNES)
  • Super Turrican 1 Score Attack (SNES)

January 28, 2021

Target Acquired: Olija

Olija, from Skeleton Crew Studio, is a swashbuckling adventure set in an Asian fantasy world and featuring a group of castaways who have found themselves stuck in the country of Terraphage. A man named Faraday leads the group on a mission to escape the clutches of a mysterious woman named Olija, aided by his trusty harpoon. This harpoon serves many purposes, allowing Faraday to slice through ropes, slash through enemies, and zip to the harpoon's location to quickly traverse dangerous trap-filled environments. He can even impale an baddie and pull himself to the enemy's position to deliver a killing blow. This versatile weapon allows players to strategically target enemies from a distance, attack in multiple directions, and get up close for fast-and-furious melee action with a number of secondary weapons.

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


January 27, 2021

Target Acquired: Metal Unit

Metal Unit, from JellySnow Studio (game site), is a fast-paced actioner set in a world where humans are fighting for survival against rampaging robots and ancient aliens. The last hope for the human race is Joanna, a warrior who is able to equip the powerful Metal Unit armor and fight against the forces that threaten them... and maybe get revenge upon her sister who has sided with the aliens. Joanna is able perform a wide variety of attacks, firing numerous projectile types, performing up-close melee strikes, unleashing deadly special attacks, and building up huge combos to lay the hurt on baddies and bosses. She is also quite agile and able to mount high platforms and dash quickly out of the way of danger. There is a large world to explore, with hidden areas and NPC's to interact with, and a story that changes depending on your dialogue choices. In addition, the game features roguelike elements, with death resulting in the conversion of items into points that can be used to unlock new skills and items.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and is also planned for release on Switch later this year.

January 26, 2021

Target Acquired: Cyber Shadow

Cyber Shadow, from developer Aarne Hunziker, is a throwback to classic ninja games, starring a blade-wielding warrior with access to elemental-based special attacks... provided you are willing to take the lives of your clansmen; otherwise, you can go the tougher route of taking on enemies with just your sword. Those who move beyond the sword will find fast-flying shuriken, a fire attack, and explosive kunai. Players can expect classically-tough gameplay with loads of ninja enemies, as well as flying robots, deadly machinery, and and huge bosses ready to mete out a swift end.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Switch via eShop, PS4 and PS5 via PSN, and Xbox One via Microsoft Store.


January 20, 2021

Target Acquired: Skul: The Hero Slayer

Skul: The Hero Slayer, 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 now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, and it's coming soon for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.


January 19, 2021

New Blip: ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights, from Live Wire (game tweets), stars a girl named Lily who awakens to a world that has fallen into ruin due to a cursed rain that transforms living beings into undead creatures. The game is an open-world metroidvania with multiple paths of travel available, and new skills unlocked by defeating creatures known as the Blighted. Lily begins her journey in the basement of an ancient church, emerging into the rain-soaked Kingdom of End. This gloomy landscape holds beauty, as nature has overrun the workings of mankind and bloomed into lovely flora, but the world is now inhabited by deadly beasts that Lily must fight as she uncovers its mysteries. Throughout her journey, Lily defeats bosses to free the spirits of long-dead warriors that aid her in her quest, allowing her to attack with swords, bows, magic, and more, and granting her new environmental traversal abilities.

The game is coming to PC via Steam Early Access on Thursday (1/21), with the full version due this Spring on PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox S/X.

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

January 13, 2021

Early Arrival: 30XX

In 2017, Batterystaple Games released 20XX, which featured colorful fast-paced robot action inspired by the Mega Man X series, but with a roguelike twist. And now, a mere 1,000 years later... er, a few years later anyway, they have returned with a follow-up entitled 30XX. The game once again features roguelike action with single player and 2P local or online co-op options. You take on the role of a blue armored character who can fire regular and charged buster shots similar to X, or a red armored character with a sword that plays more like Zero. Combat is fast and fluid with detailed characters, colorful environments, and lots of enemies and bosses ready for a good thrashing... plus new powers to unlock, and a level editor.

And you don't have to wait until the 30XX to play it, becuase it will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 17, with releases on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One to follow.






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