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
Retro Machina, the upcoming retro-futuristic action-puzzler by publisher Super.com and developer Orbit Studios has just received a brand new trailer. This latest trailer not only showcases the eye-catching retro sci-fi visuals, but also the hybrid 80s/modern synth soundtrack by Scandroid. The music is a perfect match for the retro-futuristic theme of the game
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than two decades since Shadow Man crossed our screens, but the original game was released way back in 1999. Thanks to Nightdive Studios the game was re-released in 2013 on GOG and later Steam, but now the remastered version is finally on the horizon. Nightdrive Studios announced today that Shadow Man: Remastered will officially be released on April 15, 2021, on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store
Help Death to take back the souls stolen by Bastard Dracula in this Breakout style game by Retro Army Limited. It features plenty of different levels, useful power-ups, and some big bosses. The game is easy to pick up and play, but finding all of the souls can be a challenge. The eighteen different endings, two-player mode, and level editor boost the replay value, though, and overall the game is a decent choice for fans of the genre.
Gameplay: Challenging and entertaining.
Graphics: The pixel art visuals look great.
Sound: Decent sound effects and music
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
Although they are sadly no more, Data East Corporation was responsible for a lot of great arcade titles during the eighties and nineties. Most of their hefty catalog was acquired by the Japanese mobile game content provider, G-Mode, but now thanks to the efforts of Ziggurat some of these classics are finally coming to PC
Players old enough to remember New World Computing will probably associate them with the Might and Magic as well as King’s Bounty series. However, the studio also had a couple of other interesting titles in their line-up. Now, thanks to Ziggurat, three of the mid-90s classic by New World Computing are available on Steam for the very first time. The games are Wetlands, Zephyr, and Planet’s Edge, all of which can be bought on Steam at a 33% discount until the 12th of February, 2021
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
Plenty of retro classics have been dusted off and given a new chance to shine lately and we are happy to report that the Turrican series will finally join this list. It is considered by many players to be one of Europe’s greatest action video game series and new players will not get the opportunity to see why. The new curated collection, titled Turrican Flashback, features four titles in the series with reworked controls and presentation
OutDrive combines the Synthwave aesthetic with some nice music for an endless runner where you have to maintain your speed to keep a girl alive. Unfortunately, it is let down by the controls and a lack of variety. Nevertheless, the game is cheap and you can also import your own tracks, so as long as you can put up with the controls there is still fun to be had.
Gameplay: The controls are a little lacking and the game doesn’t have a lot of variety.
Graphics: OutDrive perfectly captures the Synthwave aesthetic.
Sound: The soundtrack is very fitting and players can also use custom songs