HunterX

HunterX

HunterX is an impressive indie-developed Metroidvania title with a sprawling map and a very skilled devil-hunting protagonist. However, players have their work cut out for them as the game is also filled with vicious enemies and massive bosses that don’t show any mercy. While some players might find the hard-hitting foes a bit frustrating, the game offers plenty of weapons, accessories, skills, and abilities that when mastered makes it easy to turn the tables on enemies. Overall, HunterX doesn’t bring anything drastically new to the genre, but it knows what fans expect and isn’t afraid to challenge them in the process.

Gameplay: The game is tough, but players who take the time to learn all the intricacies it has to offer will find the combat to be very satisfying.

Graphics: The 3D visuals mixed with the 2D gameplay gives HunterX the look and feel of a lost Playstation 2 title and definitely make it stand out from the current crop of titles.

Sound: The game features a memorable soundtrack and great sound effects, but sadly no voice acting

Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread First Look Video

Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread First Look Video

Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread by Allods Team Arcade and My.GAMES is a 2D metroidvania adventure starring a crack team of heroes on a mission to save the world. Players can switch between the four playable characters on the fly, and they each have unique abilities to help them against the enemies, puzzles, and epic bosses on Dr. Cread’s island. Check out the video below to see the game’s prologue in action

B.I.O.T.A. First Look Video

B.I.O.T.A. First Look Video

B.I.O.T.A. by Small Bros and Retrovibe is a 2D metroidvania action-platformer set in a mining colony infected by an alien plague. With a team of 8 veteran mercenaries to switch between, players must take on the 40+ horrific monsters that mutated out of the miners. The 8-bit visuals can be customized with 54 unique 4-color palettes, and an energizing chiptune-synthwave soundtrack backs the action. Check out the video below to see the first few areas of the game in action, and head over to Steam or GOG to try out the free demo before the game releases on 12 April 2022

Aeterna Noctis First Look Video

Aeterna Noctis First Look Video

Aeterna Noctis by Aeternum Game Studious is a challenging 2D hand-drawn Metroidvania title. It features thrilling combat and heart-stopping platform sections as players explore 16 connected areas on a quest to help the King of Darkness regain his powers. Check out the video below for a quick look at what to expect from this action platformer

GRIME First Look Video

GRIME First Look Video

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

Fearmonium

Fearmonium

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 First Look Video

Fearmonium First Look Video

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 Afterlife Adventure First Look Video

8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure First Look Video

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

Lone Fungus by BastiGames

Lone Fungus by BastiGames

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