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More ships, more stages, more Jamestown
Jamestown was a wonderful shoot-em-up back when it first released on PC. With bullets blazing across the surface of a colonial Mars, it paired beautiful sprite art with epic music and cooperative local multiplayer to make something really special. With the release of Jamestown+ on PlayStation 4, it's larger than ever. read feature

Swords & Soldiers II

Dibs on demons! Swords & Soldiers II hits Wii U on May 21


All out of hard drive space, though
Apr 03
I've got a soft spot for sidescrolling strategy games like Swords & Soldiers. Maybe you do too. While they typically aren't as deep as their 3D contemporaries, they scratch a certain itch and can be hard to put down once ... read
Stabbin' necks through history in 2.5D
It's not often we see a major player in the big leagues of yearly releases reinvent itself in a more modest and distinct way. With Assassin's Creed titles expected every year, it's been a bit of a challenge for Ubisoft to kee... read feature

Monster Tale Ultimate

Monster Tale Ultimate coming to 3DS


Juggle monsters to death in stereoscopic 3D
Mar 29
Monster Tale was a great little metroidvania on the original DS. Despite its cartoony look, it featured engaging combat that focused on juggle combos. It felt almost like a 2D version of the Batman: Arkham Asylum combat, wher... read
Space Sluggers

Space Sluggers is chaotic and so incredibly cheesy


Everyone fights, no one quits
Mar 27
I'm quite a fan of old-school action shoot-'em-ups. Back in the day, I used to venture off to an arcade at my local pizza place and just chill out. With particular titles like Ikari Warriors, Smash TV, and Commando focusing o... read
SteamWorld Dig

Mining adventure SteamWorld Dig coming to Xbox One next


New Easter egg included
Mar 25
SteamWorld Dig is worth investigating if you enjoy the super-fun drilling action of Mr. Driller but stink at the game or otherwise get overwhelmed before long. Image & Form is bringing its robotic Western adventure to yet... read
Blade Kitten

Sweet closure: Blade Kitten adds Episode 2 DLC years after its debut


That's commitment
Mar 17
Back in 2010, Atari published Blade Kitten, a middling sidescrolling action-platformer about a bounty hunter who is both a human and a cat. In the years since, developer Krome Studios (Ty the Tasmanian Tiger) acquired the rig... read
EGX Rezzed

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a stuttering beauty


Peanut butter swilling, Rambo cosplaying Elephant
Mar 16
Tembo the Badass Elephant, the newest game from Pokemon developer Game Freak, is a bit of a departure from what you might expect of the studio. Centered around Tembo, an elephant who seems to have taken a lot of his fashion c... read
Terraria: Otherworld

Terraria: Otherworld's GDC trailer drops more hints about its alternate universe


Crystal defender
Mar 12
When Terraria: Otherworld was announced, it was difficult to tell from the trailer what makes it stand apart from its big brother Terraria or futuristic half-cousin Starbound. Developer Re-Logic's description gave some insig... read
Sega x Game Freak

Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant


PC, PS4, and Xbox One this summer
Mar 11
Game Freak (Pokémon, Drill Dozer) and Sega (Sonic Runners, Sonic Boom) are collaborating on Tembo the Badass Elephant, a side-scrolling action game about a commando elephant who will seemingly level entire cities on h... read
In space, no one can hear you giggle
There certainly have been a lot of creative 2D platform games releasing over the last couple of months, enough that there seems to be some genuine competition in the genre. If you're finding yourself in a position where it has become difficult to choose, allow me to make it easier.  Get Blackhole. Problem solved. read feature

Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge debuts on PS4 in late March, other versions to follow


The spirit of Metroid lives on
Feb 23
There are plenty of upcoming Metroid-like games, but there is only one Axiom Verge, and it's almost here at last. Creator Tom Happ shared new details in a blog post today including the PlayStation 4 launch date (March 31, 201... read
Greedy Guns

Greedy Guns fires out fast-paced metroidvania action


Rapid-fire pew pew
Feb 18
Independent developers have really been delivering with metroidvanias lately, though with titles like Chasm or Paradise Lost on the horizon, it seems like they lean toward slow, methodical gameplay. Greedy Guns goes in the o... read
Terraria: Otherworld

Terraria: Otherworld trailer shows an alternate dimension to the sandbox


'Not Terraria 2'
Feb 16
Whoa. What's this? A new game in the Terraria universe? I have just recently been getting back into the similar-but-unrelated Starbound, so this is especially interesting news right about now. Re-Logic released the above alp... read
Broforce x Aliens

Broforce fulfills my dream of fighting aliens as Kurt Russell


The Alien Infestation update is live
Feb 12
With Steven "I don't care for Aliens" Hansen out traveling for work, it's the perfect time to talk about today's free Alien Infestation update for Broforce. We knew to expect good things after seeing the explosive Bro Dredd ... read
Remember Vectorman?

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure


Also, what was up with level two?
Feb 11
It's been almost two decades since I first played Vectorman, BlueSky Software's treasured run-and-gun game for the Sega Genesis, and I still can't get over how absurd its second level is. That's what I had intended to write... read
Sneaky Ninja

Sneaky Ninja does stealth without any messy throat slashing


Family-friendly ambush and murder
Feb 10
If you played through Mark of the Ninja thinking, "This is nice, but my word, it is quite gruesome," before dabbing the corners of your mouth with a handkerchief, then Sneaky Ninja might be worth looking into. It has the bus... read
Nicalis platformer

Ready for punishment? Castle in the Darkness awaits


Precious coins ease the pain
Feb 05
I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be for Castle in the Darkness. It's out today for PC from publisher Nicalis and developer Matt Kap, who was also the lead artist on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. This super-challenging adven... read
Luckslinger Kickstarter

Luckslinger blends 2D shooting, westerns, and hip-hop


With an interesting luck mechanic
Feb 05
Luck is a concept rarely addressed directly in games. Sure, there are tons of games that use random number generators for everything from environment generation to damage calculation, and luck does factor into those. But the... read
New Monster Boy

Wonder Boy creator working on new Wonder Boy-esque game


Wonderful
Jan 30
While covering the action-adventure platformer Flying Hamster II last year, I said that fans of the Wonder Boy / Monster World series would want to take a look, and that's even more true today. The Kickstarter may have failed... read
Starbound update

Starbound update includes new race, new combat, new universe


First stable update in almost a year
Jan 28
Wow. It has been a long time. I thought that maybe I had missed a stable update somewhere along the line, but by Chucklefish's own admission, this is the first one since last March. To take a step back, development on Starbo... read
Oblitus

Oblitus is coming soonlitus


That's about it
Jan 27
Adult Swim Games has officially announced that their fantasy 2D roguelike scroller Oblitus is coming soon. How soon? Hell, I don't know, and I guess Adult Swim doesn't know either, since they're not telling us. At the very least, the trailer has some decent music and the art that has accompanied the game appears to be cool as fuck. read
Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge does speedrunning and gifs right


Separate mode for when you gotta go fast
Jan 26
I had Axiom Verge on my mind earlier today when writing about Ghost Song, another promising Metroidvania. This slick gif ensures the game will remain there for the rest of the day. Designer Tom Happ included it in a blog post... read
Moonman

Moonman looks like the appetizer to a Starbound entrée


'He looks inside friends' is the best euphemism
Jan 14
It feels like Starbound has been in development for a long time now. Sure, it's playable, but it is not complete. Perhaps a similarly styled game that is not quite so ambitious may tide us all over. Perhaps we want to contro... read
Dino ride through outer space
There's just something about the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming. Even after decades, it's still a remarkable and enduring period that's managed to stand the test of time. With a slick focus on charming visuals and deeply ref... read feature

Rogue Legacy

Xbox One inherits Rogue Legacy


And that's all we know
Jan 08
Xbox One owners can plan on plundering many a castle with their extended lineage sometime in the future. Cellar Door Games has confirmed via Twitter that indie treasure Rogue Legacy will eventually release on Xbox One. T... read
Hollow Knight Kickstarter

Hollow Knight has about a day left to hit some stretch goals


Snug as a bug in a treacherous dungeon
Dec 17
Hollow Knight's Kickstarter enjoyed a healthy beginning, keeping up a pace to hit the base funding goal of $35,000 AUD well within its run. For the final week of the campaign, developer Team Cherry has released the above tra... read
Dynamite Bomb

2D fighter Dynamite Bomb is getting localized


How effective is a dynamite bomb?
Dec 12
Into 2D fighters? The flashy Dynamite Bomb is getting a localization, according to the game distribution company Playism. It will arrive in English, and it will be a full port of the 2013 edition of the game plus all th... read
Fossil Echo Greenlight

New Fossil Echo trailer shows off its Oddworld influence


Shadow of the Colossus influence still apparent
Dec 12
When we first saw Fossil Echo earlier this year, all we really had to go on was its sharp cartoon art style and a list of influences: Shadow of the Colossus, Studio Ghibli films, and Oddworld. Some of those influences were a... read
Rivals of Aether

Two new characters revealed for indie brawler Rivals of Aether


Wind and earth join the fray
Dec 08
I am a little surprised that we have not yet properly talked about Rivals of Aether on Destructoid. Aside from a brief mention among dozens of other games, we have not looked at the 2D pixel art Smash Bros.-like fighting gam... read
Electronic Super Joy

Hot Sticky Mess is the 'hardest' Electronic Super Joy DLC to date


Your buttless ass is in for a world of hurt
Dec 07
[Update: The levels in Hot Sticky Mess were designed by Don Nguyen and Cassie Chui, not Michael Todd and Cassie Chui as originally reported. Apologizes for the error.] Electronic Super Joy is a happy, scary game about a... read
Hollow Knight Kickstarter

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid


Alternate game title: Just an Empty Suit of Armor I Guess
Nov 26
I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-pers... read






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