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

HunterX

HunterX

HunterX is an impressive indie-developed Metroidvania title with a sprawling map and a very skilled devil-hunting protagonist. However, players have their work cut out for them as the game is also filled with vicious enemies and massive bosses that don’t show any mercy. While some players might find the hard-hitting foes a bit frustrating, the game offers plenty of weapons, accessories, skills, and abilities that when mastered makes it easy to turn the tables on enemies. Overall, HunterX doesn’t bring anything drastically new to the genre, but it knows what fans expect and isn’t afraid to challenge them in the process.

Gameplay: The game is tough, but players who take the time to learn all the intricacies it has to offer will find the combat to be very satisfying.

Graphics: The 3D visuals mixed with the 2D gameplay gives HunterX the look and feel of a lost Playstation 2 title and definitely make it stand out from the current crop of titles.

Sound: The game features a memorable soundtrack and great sound effects, but sadly no voice acting

Killer Chambers Special Look Video

Killer Chambers Special Look Video

Killer Chambers by Village Bench is a very hard, claustrophobic, sadistic, but above all, fair platformer. The game challenges players to survive claustrophobic rooms filled with traps until one turn of an hourglass, but one hit is all it takes to lose. Killer Chambers will soon be receiving an update to make it 100% compatible with the Steam Deck, so check out the video below to see the game in action

Aeterna Noctis First Look Video

Aeterna Noctis First Look Video

Aeterna Noctis by Aeternum Game Studious is a challenging 2D hand-drawn Metroidvania title. It features thrilling combat and heart-stopping platform sections as players explore 16 connected areas on a quest to help the King of Darkness regain his powers. Check out the video below for a quick look at what to expect from this action platformer

What Lies in the Multiverse First Look Video

What Lies in the Multiverse First Look Video

What Lies in the Multiverse by Studio Voyager, IguanaBee, and Untold Tales is a story-driven puzzle platformer that sends players on a reality-bending adventure. As players journey across the beautiful pixel-art worlds, they can switch to the unique parallel reality of each one at will to solve puzzles. There’s also a vast cast of quirky characters to meet and a light-hearted story that is not afraid to delve into the darker side of human nature. Check out the video below to see some of the puzzles in action

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

The GAMERamble Team Plays It Takes Two 2-Player Co-Op

The GAMERamble Team Plays It Takes Two 2-Player Co-Op

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 First Look Video

The Gunk First Look Video

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 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

White Shadows First Look Video

White Shadows First Look Video

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