Platformers are one of the most enduring genres out there and there is always room for one more if it is done well. Last Soul, an upcoming 2D pixel-art platformer by Wulum is already shaping up to be something special. While the planned release date is set for Spring 2022, there is a free prologue available on Steam featuring two levels. The first level serves as a tutorial where players are introduced to some of the skills available to the robotic protagonist, Bop. After that, players are thrown into a tense boss fight where they get to put these skills to the test
Last Soul by Wulum is a 2D pixel-art, platformer that invites players to join a small hero named Bop on its quest to help humankind. The game will be released in Spring 2022, but a free prologue is already available on Steam with two levels to try out. In our first look video, we take control of Bop and shoot our way through the prologue. Head on over to Steam to try out the prologue yourself and wishlist the game if you are a fan of the genre
9-Nine-: Episode 4 returns players once more to the college town of Shiromitsugawa where Kakeru Niimi and his gang of artifact users battle a threat from a different dimension. This episode upholds the same high standards as the rest of the series and the story really is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s not the best place to get started with the series, but fans of the previous episodes won’t want to miss out on this one.
Gameplay: Very engrossing and packed with humor, action, and drama.
Graphics: The character sprites and CGs are still some of the best in the genre.
Sound: Great voice acting and a solid soundtrack
Alien Scumbags is an action-packed platform shooter filled with action, blood, gore, and pop culture easter eggs. It’s short enough to complete in one session, but the low asking price coupled with the high replay value makes it a no-brainer for fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Lots of monsters to shoot and secrets to find.
Graphics: A nice throwback to the era of pixel art platformers.
Sound: Great music, sound effects, and voice acting
Mac Biskwi Adventures is an upcoming 2D platform game by Digital Fox that is set for release in December of this year
From Donkey Kong to AiAi in Super Monkey Ball and Specter in Ape Escape, there’s no shortage of primates in video games. Soon there will be one more added to that list with Mac Biskwi by DigitalFox appearing in his own platform game later this year. Titled Mac Biskwi Adventures, this 2D platformer sees the little monkey living in the peaceful “Biscuits Island” until the arrival of evil creatures. Players will have to help Mac Biskwi to traverse colorful levels while defeating unique enemies and engaging in the age-old platform tradition of collecting things
Cat Goes Fishing is a simple fishing game featuring a bunch of fish with different behaviors. As players catch and sell fish they earn enough cash and experience to upgrade their gear and go after even bigger species. The game can be very grindy at times and catching some of the fish on “Realism” mode might make you want to pull your hair out, but overall it’s a decent game. It’s not the best looking or sounding fishing game on the market, but it is easy to pick up and play. Beware, though, as it is also easy to get hooked and spent hours trying to catch some of the more elusive fish.
Gameplay: Simple, but quite addictive.
Graphics: Nothing to write home about, but the 2D sprites are not without charm.
Sound: Decent enough, but eventually the music does become repetitive
Gris is a beautiful platform adventure with wonderful level designs and interesting puzzles. It is a very serene experience, though, as there is no threat of death or fear of danger. Some players will enjoy this casual experience as they explore the world and engage in light puzzle solving, but others might find it a little too easy and boring.
Gameplay: Very easy, but exploring the environments is enjoyable.
Graphics: Beautiful art style and animations.
Sound: Incredible soundtrack and great sound effects
Rot Gut is a very short platformer featuring a gun-totting agent taking down bad guys during the American Prohibition. There’s virtually nothing in the way of a storyline and each of the six levels on offer can be completed in a matter of minutes. The art style is unique, though, and the soundtrack pretty decent, but even with the cheap price-tag, there’s not a lot of value for money to be found here.
Gameplay: Lots of jumping and shooting, but it’s over before you know it.
Graphics: The noir pixel art aesthetic is not too bad actually.
Sound: The chiptune jazz soundtrack is the highlight of the game
Devespresso, the developers behind The Coma and The Coma 2, recently released a brand new teaser trailer for their upcoming game titled Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood. The game, which is set to arrive on Steam in February of next year, is a story-driven fantasy puzzle game described as Groundhog Day meets Brothers Grimm Meets Oz