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
The wait for Oddworld: Soulstorm is almost over as the digital version of the game will officially release on April 6th, 2021. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was originally released in 1997 and the follow-up, Abe’s Exoddus, came out the next year after a brutal nine-month development cycle. However, because of this deadline, Exoddus was not the game that Lorne and Sherry McKenna really envision to be the true sequel. Abe’s Oddysee received a remake in 2014 in the form of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! so it’s only fitting that Exoddus receives similar treatment with the upcoming Oddworld: Soulstorm. Ahead of the release the developers, Oddworld Inhabitants, has revealed some new information about the game
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
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
Like its predecessor, Curse of the Moon 2 emulates the classic 8-bit Castlevania titles, particularly Castlevania III. It looks, sounds, and plays very much like an NES title, but unfortunately, this means that it is also frequently very unfair and unforgiving. The increased amount of enemies during the platforming sections makes for a more frustrating experience than the first game and the playtime is also padded out by having to repeatedly complete all the levels to experience all the endings. As a sequel, it makes some improvements but also stumbles a few times, which is disappointing. It’s certainly not a bad game but loses some of the magic and novelty that the original had.
Gameplay: Very challenging, but also a little too frustrating at times.
Graphics: Great sprite work and once again very true to the 8-bit Castlevania era.
Sound: Authentic, but doesn’t come close to the Castlevania titles in this regard
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