Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is an action-packed Metroidvania title with a fascinating and sprawling game world to explore. This world is also inhabited by some of the genre’s strangest and most fascinating enemies and NPCs. Completing the game provides a nice challenge, but players determined to uncover every secret and ending will be surprised to see how much is lurking beneath the cute exterior of Hollow Knight.

Gameplay: Hollow Knight is an absolute blast to play, and there’s so much to see and do that players can easily lose hours in Hallownest.

Graphics: The 2D visuals are charming, and the character designs, as well as unique areas, make for a memorable experience.

Sound: Everything from the haunting soundtrack to the strange language spoken by the bugs is superb

80’s OVERDRIVE

80’s OVERDRIVE

80’s Overdrive harkens back to an era where neon colors, synth music, and fast cars were all the rage. Players can make their way through a 37 race Career Mode while purchasing new cars and upgrades along the way or hop into the Time Attack mode for a race against the clock. Unfortunately, the track editor is a little lacking, but tweaking all the variables does result in some interest tracks. While the game can be a bit of a grind and has its fair share of frustrating moments, it’s still a blast to play, and something fans of the genre will enjoy.

Gameplay: Race as fast as possible while dodging traffic, cops, and obstacles.

Graphics: The pixel art is vibrant and detailed, and there are plenty of track themes.

Sound: Sound effects are a little harsh, but the soundtrack is great

Phantom Breaker: Omnia First Look Video

Phantom Breaker: Omnia First Look Video

Phantom Breaker: Omnia by MAGES, GameLoop, and Rocket Panda Games is a massive update to Phantom Breaker: Extra. This fast-paced 2-D anime fighting game features a cast of 20 unique characters and the ability to choose between three different fighting styles. In addition, the fighting system has been overhauled and rebalanced, while the background music for each character has been redone and remixed. In a Phantom Breaker series first, all the characters also have English voice acting. Check out the video below to see two rounds of the Arcade mode in action featuring one of the guest characters, Rimi Sakihata from Chaos;Head

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon First Look Video

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon First Look Video

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon by Konami Digital Entertainment and GuruGuru is a game that combines intense roguelike hack-and-slash action with a dark fantasy world. It is brought to life through the stroke of traditional Japanese art, and players step into the role of the guardian of the land of the living. Brutal, larger-than-life boss battles, vibrant, dynamic 2D animations, and authentic roguelike action, GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon is not to be missed. This first look video features the tutorial of the game and some gameplay up until the first epic boss battle

Strange Horticulture First Look Video

Strange Horticulture First Look Video

Strange Horticulture by Bad Viking and Iceberg Interactive is an occult puzzle game in which you play as the proprietor of a local plant store. Players must find and identify new plants and then use their collection of powerful plants to influence the story. However, the quaint town of Underemere where the game is set also has its share of mysteries and a cast of colorful customers who will frequent your shop. Check out the video below to see what to expect from the first in-game day of Strange Horticulture

Magnus Imago First Look Video

Magnus Imago First Look Video

Magnus Imago by Sons of Welder is an upcoming atmospheric journey through a mysterious world of characters, traces, and symbols. The game, which is releasing on the 2nd of February, 2022, presents the main character’s journey as he learns the truth about himself in a mysterious world around him. Check out the video below to see the comic-sketch style of the game, as well as some of the puzzles in action

Firework

Firework

Firework is a Chinese horror puzzle game with a strong focus on story. The game was already a hit in its home country, but a wider audience can now enjoy it thanks to its English translation. Unlike other horror titles, Firework delivers a creepy atmosphere, and compelling story without resorting to cheap jump scares or excessive gore. The unique setting and cultural elements also make for an engaging experience that we highly recommend.

Gameplay: Very linear, and the puzzles are straightforward, but the story is very compelling.

Graphics: Makes good use of color to deliver a creepy and unsettling experience.

Sound: Great soundtrack and plenty of sound effects

LOST EPIC First Look Video

LOST EPIC First Look Video

LOST EPIC by oneoreight and Team EARTHWARS is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG about a war between gods and humanity. Apart from the beautiful visuals, this game features fast-paced, action-packed battles, a multitude of upgradeable weapons, and a world full of diverse biomes. LOST EPIC is still in Steam Early Acces but recently received a massive update that added two new worlds as well as two brand new characters. Check out the video below to see the latest game from the creators of EARTH’S DAWN in action

Aspire: Ina’s Tale

Aspire: Ina’s Tale

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

The Legend of Tianding

The Legend of Tianding

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