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Sneaky Ninja photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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
JumpJet Rex photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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
Crossing Souls photo
Crossing Souls

Devolver Digital's new title Crossing Souls looks like an '80s cartoon


'You've got the touch!'
Nov 17
Part of me wishes that a game called Crossing Souls would be an Animal Crossing/Dark Souls crossover, but I am still pretty pleased with how Crossing Souls actually looks anyway. Will we ever get sick of the totally tubular ... read
Spelunky PlayStation photo
Spelunky PlayStation

Spelunky updates: PS TV support, replay fast-forwarding, Daily Challenge ghosts


New features for the PlayStation ports
Nov 10
A reason to bring up Spelunky again? Yup, better jump on that. The PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita versions of the game have new updates that are worth a look. PS4 Fast forward replays Misc. fixes PS3 L... read
Terraria photo
Terraria

Had enough yet? Terraria headed to PS4 and Xbox One next week


Just remembered that I own Starbound
Nov 06
There's no stopping Terraria. I played, and I do mean played, the 2D sandbox game years ago on PC, and it was quite the time sink. Back then, I didn't imagine it'd come to any other platforms, but it has -- to consoles, handh... read
Snot photo
Snot

This seems like a bad title for a game, but it's Snot


But seriously, don't name games after bodily fluids
Nov 06
I'll admit: I very nearly deleted the email about Snot without a second thought. How could a game named after nasal mucus be worth even a few seconds of my time? Still, I did my due diligence and played the video attached, a... read
Risk of Rain update photo
Risk of Rain update

Risk of Rain's new engine should mean less slowdown


Update brings characters, items, and challenges
Oct 22
Risk of Rain is a great little action platformer that'll make you feel like garbage before building you up into an unstoppable force of destruction. Try it, sometime! You can even bring friends along. Developer Hopoo Games ha... read
Hyper Light Drifter photo
Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter preview extended until October 31


It's not too late to try it out for yourself
Oct 10
You may remember that Hyper Light Drifter's three-day preview for backers at the $25 tier and up was rescheduled to run from October 3rd through the 5th. That brief window has been extended until the end of October, giving Dr... read
Castlevania photo
Castlevania

The other two Castlevania GBA games are also coming to Wii U


Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow Next hit next week
Oct 09
As Chris reported this morning, Konami added Castlevania: Circle of the Moon to the Wii U Virtual Console today, priced at $7.99. This is good news, but it gets even better: the remaining two Castlevania titles for Game Boy A... read
Chasm alpha impressions photo
After exploring the first two areas, I'm ready for more
Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to check out the alpha build of Discord's enchanting procedurally generated action-RPG platformer Chasm. Now that I've finally had some hands-on with the game, I'd like to share my imp... read feature

Beyond Human Kickstarter photo
Metroid x Mega Man x Devil May Cry
Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating ga... read feature

Noct prototype trailer photo
Noct prototype trailer

Horror title Noct reaches its Kickstarter funding goal, Greenlit on Steam


This visually striking arcade shooter/survival horror hybrid is one to keep an eye on
Sep 29
Noct, a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game that blends arcade combat with RPG survival elements has recently met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal of $20,000 CAD and has been Greenlit on Steam. The game's b... read
Castlevania photo
Castlevania

We're getting Castlevania: Circle of the Moon on Wii U in October


Dracula X, too
Sep 25
Hearing that Castlevania: Circle of the Moon was headed to the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan got me all worked up a couple weeks ago and I'm still eager to replay the Game Boy Advance title. Not much longer now, thankfully -... read
Hyper Light Drifter photo
Hyper Light Drifter

Curious about Hyper Light Drifter? Why not play it this weekend?


Limited preview build keys shipping out soon
Sep 24
[Update: Heart Machine has pushed back the preview build to next weekend, October 3 - 5.] As we've previously reported, Heart Machine's gorgeous-looking 2D ARPG Hyper Light Drifter is being pushed back until the end of 2014, ... read
Kirby music photo
Kirby music

Club Nintendo EU has a physical Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack


Good vibes
Sep 24
In Europe, Club Nintendo members can spend their points on the 46-track Kirby: Triple Deluxe soundtrack. The CD costs 2,000 Stars and listening to it will make you feel good, I bet. Not exactly relevant to me as an American, ... read
Poncho photo
Poncho

Poncho is a cute robot in a lovely open-world platformer


Looking for some Kickstarter loving
Sep 22
It always hurts my heart a little bit to see what looks like a great game failing to gain traction on Kickstarter. Certainly, the crowdfunding community is more cautious these days than it used to be, and with good reason in... read
The Masterplan trailer photo
The Masterplan trailer

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access


Beautifully hand-drawn, with a soundtrack that Tarantino might approve of
Sep 16
Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ... read
Nicalis photo
Let's get down to business
After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too app... read feature







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