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

July 25, 2023

New Blip: Maiden Cops

If you like beat 'em ups and you giggle when you hear the word "boobies", then you'll definitely want to check out Maiden Cops, from Pippin Games. The game features three police officers on a mission to overthrow a group known as "The Liberators" who are wreaking havoc on the streets of Maiden City. The women not only wear police uniforms but also animal costumes that represent their fighting abilities. For example, Priscila Salamander has a salamander tail that she uses to slam enemies, and her partners are the spry Nina Usagi who wears a rabbit outfit, and the tough Meiga Holstaur who wears a minotaur outfit. Of course, part of the appeal of the game is its provocative character art and animations, and it features unlockable artwork and costumes for your waifu of choice. The game features fast-paced combo-based fighting, and you can go it alone or team up with a fellow maiden for 2P simultaneous asskickery.

The game is coming to PC and Mac this fall. A demo is available via Steam and Itch.

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

July 20, 2023

New Blip: Bionic Bay

Bionic Bay, from Psychoflow Studio and Mureena Oy, is a physics-based platformer that centers around swapping. You take on the role of a scientist who has invented a device that allows him to teleport by swapping his position with another object in the environment. You explore a dark biomechanical world filled with strange machinery that seems to have been hard at work developing weapons and hulking humanoid beasts. You must perform platforming feats to traverse these strange environments while using the objects around you to overcome dangerous obstacles, defeat elaborate defense systems, set off traps, and fling yourself to impossible heights.

The game is coming to PC in 2024. A demo is available on Steam.

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

July 13, 2023

Target Acquired: Gravity Circuit

Do you like gravity? Do you like circuits? Then you might like Gravity Circuit, from Domesticated Ants. OK, so the game definitely has gravity, and you fight robots, so there's definitely circuits, but really it's a game about smashing your way through the robotic Virus Army to prevent them from taking over the world. You take on the role of Kai who smashes bots with his fists, dive bombs them, boots around projectiles, knocks robots into each other, and uses a grappling hook to move quickly from enemy to enemy. The game features 12 stages of 1P action where the player unlocks new abilities as he rescues civilians, along with special challenge levels, time trials, and a level editor.

The game is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, Epic Games, and GOG, Switch via eShop, and PS4 and PS5 via PSN.

July 11, 2023

New Blip: Animal Well

Animal Well, from Shared Memory (game tweets), is a super-chunky nonlinear metroidvania where you explore a deep well, encounter the strange creatures with, and discover its secrets. You take on the role of a little round potato-ish critter who was just born into the pixelliest of worlds by emerging from a flower. As you explore, you gain new abilities that can be used to access new areas, but perhaps not in the traditional ways. Blow bubbles that can be used as platforms, toss a stretchy yo-yo that can grapple around corners, and... play fetch? Solve environmental puzzles to open up new sections of the map, or occasionally clear the path forward with the help of some TNT, but try not to get eaten by any of the animals that tower above you.

The game is coming to PC, Switch, and PS5, 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.

July 7, 2023

Target Acquired: Ravva and the Phantom Library

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse was a nice little action-platformer where you made your way through the levels by summoning four creatures, each with different abilities. Developer Galope Studios follows that up with Ravva and the Phantom Library, once again starring the owl summoner named Ravva, as they attempt to escape from the eponymous Phantom Library. The library is filled with magical books that contain entire worlds filled with monsters... which may be entered in any order. By summoning each of your four companions, you can freeze and destroy objects, toss sharp blades, create explosions, and reveal hidden pathways, allowing you to navigate the realms held within these treacherous books, and defeat the ruler of each.

The game is now available on PC via Steam.

July 3, 2023

New Blip: Kloa - Child of the Forest

Kloa - Child of the Forest, from Wildpad Games, is an action adventure set in a beautiful, but dying, world. You take on the role of Kloa as she sets out to stop the mysterious Ikari Curse (no relation) that is killing the forest she calls home. Unfortunately, this curse has also transformed the critters of the forest into monstrous beasts that attack Kloa at every turn... but there are still some friendly animals that help her on her journey. Kloa uses her katana to fight enemies, a soul bow to strike from afar, and defensive techniques to protect herself from strikes and deflect projectiles, and she gains new attacks and equipment throughout her adventure. She also has a dash maneuver that allows her to avoid enemy attacks, dodge out of the way of environmental obstacles, and cross gaps. Kloa must explore multiple biomes, fight tough enemies and bosses, solve environmental puzzles, and restore balance to the land.

The game is coming to PC but it does not yet have an announced release date. Ports are also planned for Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

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