Unbound: Worlds Apart by Alien Pixel Studios is an atmospheric puzzle platformer with beautiful hand-drawn visuals. Players control Soli, a gifted young mage with the power to open portals and harness their unique properties. The game features challenging puzzles, traps, monsters, bosses, and a rich narrative. Check out the first look video below to see the opening moments of the game in action
While it is set in the same universe as To The Moon, A Bird Story is a standalone narrative with its own beginning and end. It is a very short experience with minimal interaction and no dialogue, but the beautiful music and thought-provoking scenes make it worthwhile. It’s definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, though, so don’t expect it to be a To The Moon sequel.
Gameplay: Short and linear with very little interaction.
Graphics: The same 16-bit style as To The Moon.
Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is beautiful
A beautiful world filled with challenging platforming through diverse biomes await players as ITORAH is set for release on PC via Steam later this year. This genre-lending action-adventure title was recently announced by publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer Grimbart Tales. The game will see players take control of the titular Itorah, who appears to be the last remaining human left in the land of Nahucan. However, the lush and verdant land is under threat from a deadly and mysterious plague, so it is up to Itorah to stop this threat and save Nahucan
Originally released in 2011, BloodRayne: Betrayal is a side-scrolling platform game that divided players with its brutal difficulty. Some loved the tough-as-nails challenge, while others appreciated the visuals but found the difficulty too frustrating. Of course, ten years is a long time in the gaming industry, and the game is definitely showing its age at this point. Thankfully, Ziggurat has announced that a remastered, high-definition edition of the game, titled BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bite, will be released this Summer
Sunblaze is a brain-twisting precision platformer by Games From Earth and Bonus Stage Publishing. This game will keep platformer fans on their toes, with hundreds of challenging, hand-crafted levels filled with lasers, evil bots, spikes, and more. However, it also has enough accessibility options for newcomers to have a blast too. This first look video highlights some of the early levels from the first chapter
The Company Man by Forust is a 2D action-adventure where players get to battle the corporate machine. The protagonist is a university graduate named Jim, ready to launch his epic career in the Good Water Company. Unfortunately, due to an underhanded co-worker, Jim ends up battling all manner of unique enemies while traversing the beautifully painted environments. This first look video features the game’s opening areas and highlights some of the enemies and bosses that players will encounter
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
Help George find his lost love, Samantha, in this cute puzzle platformer by Respect Studios and ROKiT Games Limited. Where’s Samantha? sees a small swatch of fabric set off to rescue his true love, who is whisked away by a mysteriously powerful gust of wind. This first look video features the game’s opening levels and highlights some of the physics-based puzzles that players will encounter while traversing the 2D world
Mamiya is a visual novel that tackles themes that are pretty dark and disturbing. It can be confusing at first due to how it mixes the ordinary with the surreal, but once players are hooked, it is hard to stop reading. The beautiful CGs and incredible soundtrack also make it easy to get drawn into the twisted depths of the story. Mamiya is not for everyone, but thanks to the lengthy free demo, it is easy to find out whether or not you can stomach its bleak and oppressive story.
Gameplay: Although it is primarily a kinetic novel, there’s plenty of routes and different stories.
Graphics: The backgrounds are simple, but the sprites and CGs are outstanding.
Sound: No voice acting, and the sound effects are nothing special, but the soundtrack is incredible
Fast-paced platforming meets top-down strategy in Smelter by X Plus Company Limited and Dangen Entertainment. Inspired by the classics of the 16-bit era, this game sees the protagonist Eve teaming up with a winged creature named Smelter. Eve is on a search for her beloved Adam, who is nowhere in sight after the Garden’s destruction. Thanks to the incredible powers she gains from fusing with Smelter, she might have a shot of finding him. This first look video features some of the platforming and strategic action in the game