GRIME is a fast and unforgiving action-adventure RPG by Clover Bite and Akupara Games. It is set in a surreal world where enemies are deadly but can be absorbed so that you can use their own traits against them. Every encounter in this game can result in death if you are not careful, and learning to parry enemy attacks is essential to your survival. Check out the first look video below to see the opening moments of GRIME in action
B.I.O.T.A is a game that should be high on the wishlists of those who fondly remember the days of glorious 8-bit visuals. This upcoming 2D Metroidvania by Small Bros promises to be a love letter to adventure games of the past and is set for release on Steam and GOG later in 2021
Play as an unpleasant memory that has manifested in the form of a female mallet wielding clown as you wreak havoc on the psyche of a teenager named Max. It is your job to break down all the barriers in his mind and eliminate the competition as you attempt to become a full-blown phobia. Fearmonium features eye-catching hand-drawn visuals, tons of unique enemies and locations, as well as a stellar soundtrack by Expecte Amour. Best of all, it is an absolute blast to play, and Metroidvania fans should not hesitate to pick it up.
Gameplay: Not too challenging, but very captivating.
Graphics: Charming hand-drawn visuals and plenty of variety
Sound: Features a great soundtrack by Expecte Amour
Fearmonium by Redblack Spade is a psychedelic Metroidvania where suspense intertwines with humor. The setting for the game is the inner world of a young boy named Max, and players must help a creepy clown girl corrupt his memories as she attempts to become a true phobia. With its charming hand-drawn visuals, dynamic battles, and memorable enemies, Fearmonium certainly shows a lot of potential. This first look video features the introduction as well as some of the early areas in the game
8Doors: Arum’s After Adventure is a 2D, story-driven Metroidvania-style action platformer developed by Rootless Studio and published by NEOWIZ. Players must assist a young girl, named Arum, as she willingly enters the realm of the afterlife in search of her father’s soul. With its unique visual style and hand-drawn animations this game certainly stands out from the crowd. This first look video follows Arum battling her way to the first boss
With all the great 2D indie platformer titles on the market, it’s hard to believe that the genre almost died out with the advent of 3D graphics on consoles. It has also been great to see how different developers have been putting their own spin on the genre. For example, Lone Fungus is a “Mushroom Metroidvania” that is currently in need of backing over on Kickstarter. According to the developer, Basti, Lone Fungus was inspired by new and old classics like Hollow Knight, Super Metroid, Super Castlevania IV, and Megaman X, which was enough to get our attention
Fallen Tear: The Ascension is a hand-crafted 2D open-world Metroidvania title developed by Winter Crew and Published by CMD Studios. While the game is not ready for release yet a brand new Demo was just released on Steam for players to try out. In this first look video, we put the protagonist, Hira, through his paces while encountering a few of the unique characters who can assist him during his mission
The Last Faith is an exploration-based Metroidvania title with plenty of side-scrolling platforming action in a dark and gothic world. Players take on the role of a character named Eric as he navigates the perils of a corrupted and ravaged world. The game had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on the exclusive backers’ demo. Check out our first look video as we marvel at the detailed pixel art style and take on some of the unique enemies
Ori and the Blind Forest catches the eye right away with its hand-painted visual style, but beneath all the visual gloss beats the fiendish heart of a platformer. It is a joy the explore the vibrant game world, but the occasional spike in difficulty can also cause some frustration. The Definitive Edition of the game comes with plenty of enhancements and improvements that make an already great game even better. If you are a fan of the genre and up for the challenge then you won’t be disappointed with Ori and the Blind Forest.
Gameplay: Nothing drastically new or different, but still fun.
Graphics: The art style is downright beautiful.
Sound: The orchestral soundtrack is very fitting
CARRION is a great, although brief game that gives players the chance to go wild in a research facility as a flesh-eating tentacle monster. The game is extremely bloody, but between all the mayhem there are also plenty of puzzles to solve. Your creature can unlock a ton of new abilities, which opens up new areas to explore, but the lack of a map could frustrate some players. Despite some repetition and a few small niggles we thoroughly enjoyed our time with CARRION and the game comes highly recommended.
Gameplay: Plays like a very violent Metroidvania, except without the platforming elements.
Graphics: The pixel art looks great and the animations are smooth, but more unique locations would have been a big plus.
Sound: Atmospheric music and great sound effects