It Takes Two by Hazelight and Electronic Arts is a genre-bending platform adventure created purely for co-op. Players take control of the clashing couple Cody and May after they are turned into dolls by a magic spell. Trapped in a fantastical world, they have no choice but to work together and face the unpredictable challenges waiting around every corner
The Gunk by Image & Form and Thunderful Publishing is a 3rd person action-adventure starring a space hauler named Rani. Along with her partner Beck, Rani chance upon an untouched planet they hope has valuable resources. However, they soon discover that the planet is home to a toxic gunk parasite as well as some other secrets. Check out the video below to see The Gunk in action
Aspire: Ina’s Adventure is a 2D side-scrolling adventure that bears more than a passing resemblance to classic titles such as Gris. It features beautiful and vibrant environments mixed with light platforming and puzzle-solving. The game isn’t too taxing overall, thanks to generous checkpoints as well as a lack of combat. Players still need to stay on their toes, though, and some of the puzzles require a bit of thinking. The whole experience is over in less than three hours, but considering the price and lack of pointless filler, this is not bad.
Gameplay: Platforming mixed in with some puzzle solving.
Graphics: Distinct areas with vibrant and detailed visuals.
Sound: Great soundtrack and good sound effects
White Shadows by Monokel, Thunderful Publishing, and Mixtvision is a cinematic puzzle-platformer where you play as little Ravengirl. She is trying to escape The White City, a place of deadly traps and weird trials where what remains of civilization lives. White Shadows features striking architectural forms and a distinct monochrome art style to create a game steeped in atmosphere. Check out the video below to see some of the action from the game
The Legend of Tianding is a great sidescrolling action game filled with fast-paced characters, great levels, and memorable characters. Everything from the visuals to the audio is superb, and the combat remains enjoyable throughout. The game is a little on the short side, and most of the moves are unlocked right at the start instead of being spread out through the adventure, but other than that, there is very little to fault.
Gameplay: Traversing the trap-filled levels is fun, but the combat really steals the show.
Graphics: The game’s presentation, animations, and overall art style are really good.
Sound: Authentic music, sound effects, and voice acting bring this adventure to life
Ragnar by 2 Bit Determine is an upcoming 2D run-and-gun action platformer inspired by old NES games. The hero, Ragnar, is armed with a gun that can shoot infinitely and can collect different power-ups to gain new bullet abilities. When a terrorist organization hacks the combat-ready machines that have replaced human soldiers, it is up to Ragnar to save the day. Check out the video below to see the first few levels of Ragnar in action. The game is releasing in January of 2022, but a free demo is currently available
Nuclear Blaze is a 2D firefighting game with beautiful pixel art visuals and fast-paced gameplay. Players must make their way through a mysterious military facility while trying to douse all the fires. There’s more to it than just pointing your house at the fires and spraying away, though, as sometimes a little bit of puzzle-solving is required too. The game is a lot of fun overall, but it is over way too soon.
Gameplay: Very fun, and the difficulty can be customized to make it accessible enough for anyone.
Graphics: Beautiful pixel art visuals and good use of light and darkness.
Sound: The game features a very fitting soundtrack by Pentadrangle
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights by Live Wire, Adglobe, and Binary Hazy Interactive is a dark fantasy 2D action RPG about unraveling the mysteries of a destroyed kingdom. Players take on the role of a young woman named Lily, who awakens in the depth of a church before embarking on a sorrowful journey. As she travels through the sprawling and hauntingly beautiful Land’s End, she will encounter the Blighted, undead monstrosities caused by the Rain of Death. However, by joining forces with cursed knights, she might just discover the truth behind it all. Check out the video below to see ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights in action
The Legend of Tianding by Creative Games Computer Graphics Corporation and Neon Doctrine is a 2D sidescrolling action game about the legendary Taiwanese folk hero. Playing as Liao Tianding, players will fight for justice in the streets of early 20th century Taipei. With plenty of Kung Fu fighting, incredible bosses, power-ups galore, and even a traditional Taiwanese board game to play when Liao needs a break, this game is undoubtedly unique. Check out the video below to see The Legend of Tianding in action
Nuclear Blaze by Deepnight Games is a unique 2D firefighting game set in a mysterious military facility. The game is from the creator of Dead Cells and features beautiful pixel art visuals along with action-packed gameplay. However, this action-adventure is also accessible to younger players thanks to a dedicated “Kid” mode. Check out the video below to see the opening moments of the game in action