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

April 28, 2022

Target Acquired: Piko Piko

Piko Piko, from Marquet Games, is a metroidvania starring a cute redheaded anime girl with a big hammer. The titular Piko is a senior at Hammer Academy and uses her blacksmithing skills to modify her toy hammer into an implement of destruction. She teams up with her half-fox pal to fight her fellow Hammer Academy smithies and prove that she is the best blacksmith around. With her weapon, she can smash foes, deflect bullets, and transform it into a drill to demolish destructible blocks or shoot lasers... oh, and her foxy friend has a drill tank!

The game is now available for PC via Steam.

Target Acquired: Haiku, the Robot

Haiku, the Robot, from Mister Morris Games is a charming action-adventure set in a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust. You take on the role of the eponymous Haiku, a robot on a mission to save what's left of a broken world that is now filled with corrupted machinery. While most robots are out to destroy you, you will make some friends along the way, and discover new abilities that allow you to further explore the large open wasteland. Haiku must run, jump, roll, dash, wall jump, and grapple through the world while using his ground slide quick sword swipes to take down mechanized enemies and bosses.

The game is now available on PC and Mac via Steam, and it's also planned for release on Switch.

Target Acquired: Rogue Legacy 2

Rogue Legacy was a pretty big hit, so what do you do when that happens? You make another one! Cellar Door Games, the studio with the euphonic name, returns with Rogue Legacy 2, a game where you play as a line of descendants - each with different abilities - as they fight through a procedurally generated world. You never know what you're going to get, but you do control how you tackle the world, so you can take things slow and easy to build up your character for the current run, or go bananas and try to get as deep as you can. While each player character is lost forever when they die, you can upgrade certain stats to give your child a better chance at survival. The new game offers an enhanced visual style, a new selection of weapons, and more environmental variety... as well as metroidvania elements that let you unlock new abilities to expand your exploration.

The game is now available for PC via Steam and Epic, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

April 21, 2022

Target Acquired: Anuchard

Anuchard, from stellarNull, is a fantasy-themed action-RPG set in Anuchard, a once-great land that was protected by five guardians... until the guardians abandoned the people, and civilization fell, leaving only a dungeon behind. You take on the role of the Bellwielder of legend, tasked with entering this dungeon to fight the monsters and solve the puzzles within, in order to restore the souls of the Anuchardians. As the Bellwielder, your primary weapon is a huge bell - known as the Audros Bell - which you use to smash enemies and knock them back into each other and other objects, and you can knock objects around to combat enemies and solve puzzles. As you rescue villagers, they will join your cause by building shops and unlocking upgrades and weapon enhancements, allowing you to enter the dungeon to face more difficult challenges.

The game is now avilable for PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, Switch via eShop, and Xbox One and X/S via Microsoft Store.

Target Acquired: 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 now available for PC via Steam and Switch via eShop.

April 12, 2022

Target Acquired: 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 multiple playable team members to shoot your way through the infestation, unlock new weapons, and make use of a number of vehicles, including a mech suit, submarine, and spacecraft. The game offers chunky-pixelly 8-bit visuals with dozens of 4-color palettes to choose from.

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

April 5, 2022

Proximity Alert: Bot Gaiden

Bot Gaiden, from SwordSwipe Studios, is an actioner starring ninja robots Robyu and Bytron (no relation to Batman and Robin) on a mission to recover a set of golden skulls stolen by the minions of Giorqio (no relation to Ninja Gaiden's Jaquio). Time is not on your side, as the robotic robbers (bot bandits? mecha-larcenists?) gain more power the longer they possess these skulls. Fortunately, you can also grow your skills by collecting gears, allowing you to unlock such abilities as JumpJet, DashBlade, SlingStar, and eventually HyperSpeed... as long as you don't take damage and get powered down. Finish levels quickly to unlock new attacks and maneuvers. You can even bring along a friend for some 2P bot-bashing action, with speed boosts available to the trailing player to help them catch up during the fast-paced levels, plus tag team attacks for taking down big ole gonzo-sized baddies.

The game is coming to PC on April 22.