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Huntdown is finally coming to Steam on May 12 with a new game mode
Huntdown is finally coming to Steam on May 12 with a new game mode
After a year of exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, it’s time for the retro 2D shooterto join Steam.
Prime 2D is a gorgeous sidescrolling take on Metroid Prime, and it’s playable now
Prime 2D is a gorgeous sidescrolling take on Metroid Prime, and it’s playable now
The demo looks like a modern indie take on Samus’ saga.
Battletoads Developer Working on a 2D Game in a “Much-Loved Established IP”
Battletoads Developer Working on a 2D Game in a “Much-Loved Established IP”
Job listings suggest Dlala Studios might be sticking with old-school stuff for their next game.
The best platform games on PC
The best platform games on PC
Looking for a list of the best platform games on PC? Back in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, there were countless platformers for console gamers, while the PC had a reputation as a sort of wasteland for this one particular genre.
Metroid Prime 2D fan demo released
Metroid Prime 2D fan demo released
There's now a playable demo of Metroid Prime 2D, an ambitious fan attempt to remake the GameCube classic as a side-scroller, and fans are rushing to download it before Nintendo inevitably deletes it from the internet.
Prime 2D Is The Coolest Metroid In Over A Decade
Prime 2D Is The Coolest Metroid In Over A Decade
A group of independent developers known as Team SCU recently released a demo for Prime 2D, an impressive side-scrolling remake of 2002’s Metroid Prime that has been in the works for over 15 years.
The Binding of Isaac: Repentance draws over 60,000 concurrent players on Steam
The Binding of Isaac: Repentance draws over 60,000 concurrent players on Steam
The last DLC pack for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth released this week, and fans have flocked to try it. Over 60,000 concurrent players have been recorded, coming close to the indie game's years old record. Courtesy of SteamDB, at the time of writing, 60,780 players have been playing the horror game at once, just 10,000 short of the all-time record of 70,232, set back in 2015.
Metroid Prime is being remade as a 2D metroidvania
Metroid Prime is being remade as a 2D metroidvania
The Metroid Prime series is wonderful, but there's something about the classic 2D exploration the FPS games lacked.
Demo For Stunning Fan-Made 2D Metroid Prime Game Released
Demo For Stunning Fan-Made 2D Metroid Prime Game Released
Return to Tallon IV. Nintendo made the tough decision at the beginning of 2019 to restart the development of Metroid Prime 4, with the help of Retro Studios.
Check Out The Reveal Trailer For Demon Skin, Hack-And-Slashing To Switch Later This Year
Check Out The Reveal Trailer For Demon Skin, Hack-And-Slashing To Switch Later This Year
A real skinful. Are you a fan of dark, unforgiving worlds where everything's against you and there's no end in sight? Well, bully for you! Buka Entertainment has a 2D fantasy combat game in the works for Switch that you might want to keep a weary eye on — if 2020 didn't grind down your enthusiasm for unrelenting bleakness, that is. Demon Skin is the freshly-announced title from developer Ludus Future (or LUDUS FUTURE, if the shouty caps of the press release is to be replicated) which features 2.5D combat in a grisly world, with RPG-style skill trees, weapons and other trinkets that you'll use to battle a menagerie of fiends, brutes and other demonic spawn in a fight for survival.
Saviour has beautiful pixel art parkour
Saviour has beautiful pixel art parkour
Saviour is one of those games that's been looking fabulous on Twitter for years, with GIFs that show off its 2D pixel art parkour and precise dodges in melee combat.
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! is a 2D beat 'em-up due out autumn 2021
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! is a 2D beat 'em-up due out autumn 2021
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! is a 2D beat 'em-up due out autumn 2021 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S via backward compatibility. The teaser video is below: Here's the official blurb: Read more
Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC
Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC
The post Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC appeared first on Fextralife. 2D Action-RPG Under the Island has been announced for PC via Steam. The post Under the Island a 2D Action-RPG Announced for PC appeared first on Fextralife.
A New Rocket League Game Is Coming To Phones
A New Rocket League Game Is Coming To Phones
Rocket League Sideswipe is a new 2D mobile version of car soccer sim Rocket League coming to iOS and Android later this year, developer Psyonix announced today. Read more...
Devotion developer Red Candle teases a 2D action game
Devotion developer Red Candle teases a 2D action game
Devotion developer Red Candle Games has teased its next title - and it doesn't look anything like its previous games. In a tweet, the Taiwanese developer released a short clip of what looks like a 2D action game.
Devotion Developer Red Candle Games Teases Its Next Game
Devotion Developer Red Candle Games Teases Its Next Game
Devotion developer Red Candle Games is teasing its next project, which appears to be a non-horror, stylish 2D action title.
Next week’s free game from Epic is about being a space suit
Next week’s free game from Epic is about being a space suit
Games often have you pick up a suit of armour early on, but in next week's free PC game from the Epic Games Store, you are the suit.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny gets June release date on Switch
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny gets June release date on Switch
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, the latest entry in developer Nippon Ichi Software's cult favourite tactics game, will be heading to Switch on 29th June. It's been six year since Disgaea 5 debuted on PlayStation 4 (it's made its way to Switch and PC since then), and Disgaea 6 arrives with a few notable changes, the most immediately obvious being a new art style that trades the appealing 2D character sprites of old for 3D models. Disgaea 6 follows the adventures of new protagonist Zet, a teenage zombie on a quest to defeat a powerful god, and it's his unique ability - known as Super Reincarnation - that ushers in one of the game's most significant mechanical additions. Read more
Inti Creates Is Bringing Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 To Switch In 2022
Inti Creates Is Bringing Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 To Switch In 2022
Bloodstained director Hiroki Miyazawa joins the team. While we were hoping the third entry in Inti Creates' flagship 2D side-scrolling series Azure Striker Gunvolt would arrive this year, unfortunately, it seems we'll have to wait a little bit longer. The Japanese company has announced Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Review: Azur Lane: Crosswave - Great Anime-Style Design Sunk By Terrible Combat
Review: Azur Lane: Crosswave - Great Anime-Style Design Sunk By Terrible Combat
You sunk my busty battleship. Azur Lane started life on mobile devices as a 2D blend of RPG mechanics and side-scrolling shooting.
Horned Knight Brings Challenging 2D Platforming To Switch This Week
Horned Knight Brings Challenging 2D Platforming To Switch This Week
Out on Friday with a 20% discount! Launching later this week on Nintendo Switch is Horned Knight, a "challenging" 2D action-platformer from 2Awesome Studio – the team behind games like Lost Wing, Dimension Drive, and BFF or Die. It's out on PlayStation today, with an Xbox release coming tomorrow and the Switch release rounding off the week on Friday 26th; it'll be available on the eShop from that date for 5.99€ with a 20% discount.
For Honor marches into Year 5 with Shovel Knight crossover
For Honor marches into Year 5 with Shovel Knight crossover
For Honor is celebrating its fourth anniversary with crossover content from the incredibly popular 2D action platformer, Shovel Knight.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Available Now
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Available Now
Hi everyone, Melos Han-Tani from Analgesic Productions here with some exciting news for the Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Xbox community — Anodyne 2 launches today for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on the Xbox Store! Anodyne 2 is a deeply personal 2D and 3D adventure filled with whimsical mystery, and there’s no need […]
Next week’s free game from Epic is about sailing the seas in a hollow Earth
Next week’s free game from Epic is about sailing the seas in a hollow Earth
Another week means another batch of free PC games from the Epic Games Store, and another hint at what's to come next week.
The Best Soulslike Games
The Best Soulslike Games
From Software's "Souls" series has given rise to a whole sub-genre's worth of similarly styled action RPGs that range from fantasy to sci-fi, indie to AAA, and 2D to 3D.
Terraria Android development will continue despite Google spat, dev vows
Terraria Android development will continue despite Google spat, dev vows
Terraria developer Re-Logic has said it will still support its 2D sandbox hit on Android and Google Play, despite publicly canning the game's Stadia version yesterday due to grievances with Google. Re-Logic founder Andrew Spinks made headlines when he railed against Google on his personal Twitter and said he would never work with the company again. Spinks' own Google account had been disabled for three weeks with no explanation, he said, meaning he had lost access to his Google Play app library, Google Drive data, YouTube channel and Gmail account. Read more
Feature: Every 2D Super Mario Game Ranked
Feature: Every 2D Super Mario Game Ranked
As rated by you. With the imminent release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on Switch, and the Super Mario 35th anniversary celebrations drawing to a close in a matter of weeks, we thought it was about time we tried putting all of Mario's original 2D platforming adventures into some kind of order.
Poll: What's The Best 2D Mario Game?
Poll: What's The Best 2D Mario Game?
Super Cape? Triple Jump? Minus World? Back in September 2020 Nintendo kicked off a season of celebration in honour of Super Mario Bros.' 35th anniversary, and around release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars we asked Nintendo Life readers to rank every mainline 3D Mario game.
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is free on the Epic Store
Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition is free on the Epic Store
The 2D Metroidvania is a tough game to love, but it does some unique and interesting things.
Skul: The Hero Slayer is like Hades in 2D, and it's a cracker
Skul: The Hero Slayer is like Hades in 2D, and it's a cracker
Bertie: Oh I'll just give it a quick go...
Factor 5 Boss Muses On The Possibility Of A Mario Maker-Style 2D Turrican
Factor 5 Boss Muses On The Possibility Of A Mario Maker-Style 2D Turrican
"That would really excite me". Factor 5 studio founder Julian Eggebrecht has been musing over the future of the Turrican series and thinks that a Mario Maker-style approach might be the way forward for new 2D entries in the franchise. Turrican began life on personal computers before moving over to consoles like the SNES and Mega Drive, and after years of the rights being in limbo, we're finally getting a collection of Turrican titles in the form of Turrican Flashback, which launches on Switch soon. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Dead Cells’ Fatal Falls DLC launches with a new anime style short
Dead Cells’ Fatal Falls DLC launches with a new anime style short
Dead Cells' second paid DLC has arrived, bringing with it a flying sword friend and a charming new animated short to introduce us all to the new biomes and characters arriving in this update.
The best fighting games on PC
The best fighting games on PC
What are the best fighting games on PC? When the fighting game boom first took hold in the 90s, the genre was largely the domain of arcades.
The Girl From Arkanya Is A Treasure-Hunting Adventure Inspired By Classic 2D Zelda Titles
The Girl From Arkanya Is A Treasure-Hunting Adventure Inspired By Classic 2D Zelda Titles
And it's coming to Switch! We're not quite sure how The Girl From Arkanya missed us back in August.
The original Celeste just got a free sequel
The original Celeste just got a free sequel
Before Celeste graced our screens back in 2018, we had, uh, Celeste.
4X game Distant Worlds 2 is the space-strategy epic you never knew you needed
4X game Distant Worlds 2 is the space-strategy epic you never knew you needed
Between 2010 and 2014, Distant Worlds went from being a rough and ready space game to one of the best 4X games you can find with the release of Distant Worlds: Universe. Its modest 2D graphics and clunky interface may betray old-school design roots, but you won’t find a more rich and detailed romp into a strange and hostile galaxy.
Cyber Shadow Is Another Fantastic Homage To Classic NES Games
Cyber Shadow Is Another Fantastic Homage To Classic NES Games
What 2D side-scroller Cyber Shadow is missing in personality it makes up for with amazing visuals and action sequences that challenge your timing and reflexes without ever feeling tedious or cheap.
Don’t Starve developer “will retain autonomy” as Tencent buys majority stake
Don’t Starve developer “will retain autonomy” as Tencent buys majority stake
Klei Entertainment, the developer of Don't Starve, says Tencent buying a majority stake won't change a whole lot for the studio.
Ocean's Heart is out, uses this one extremely common key art composition I can't resist
Ocean's Heart is out, uses this one extremely common key art composition I can't resist
Ocean’s Heart is a Zelda-like, in the sense that it’s a 2D, top-down sword swinger in the vein of Link To The Past.
Rare Sketches Of Donkey Kong Country Show Off DK's Early Evolution
Rare Sketches Of Donkey Kong Country Show Off DK's Early Evolution
In the latest video from YouTube’s DK Creations (via NintendoLife), long-time video game artist Kev Bayliss shows off original sketches from Rare’s Donkey Kong Country, and talks about how he transformed Nintendo’s original cartoon ape from 2D villain to 3D-rendered platform hero.
Vertex, the ultimate event for 2D and 3D artists, returns on 25 February
Vertex, the ultimate event for 2D and 3D artists, returns on 25 February
Featuring speakers from Pixar, Lucasfilm and many more.
The History Behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
The History Behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
You might be hearing a whispering right now that Scott Pilgrim is back.
Acclaimed sign-shifting platform-puzzler The Pedestrian out on PlayStation next week
Acclaimed sign-shifting platform-puzzler The Pedestrian out on PlayStation next week
Developer Skookum Arts is bringing its acclaimed platform puzzler The Pedestrian to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 next week on 29th January. The Pedestrian, which released on PC at the start of last year, follows the 2D adventures of an energetic stick person as they scramble across platforms imprinted on public signs scattered around a beautifully rendered 3D metropolis. Just as the platform genre demands, there's ample jumping-type business to be done, but The Pedestrian complicates matters by demanding players make each stage, usually consisting of a number of different signs, traversable first. Read more
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition Arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition Arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, giving players a chance to once again team up with friends and fight for love in a remastered version of the classic  2D beat-‘em-up that first launched in 2010.
Here's A Closer Look At Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night's Classic Mode Update
Here's A Closer Look At Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night's Classic Mode Update
Out today on Switch. As promised, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been treated to two free additions today, and to give us a better look at the new content, 505 Games has shared a brand new trailer for the 8-bit Classic Mode. This latest DLC is part of a steady stream of content planned for the game throughout 2021; alongside the Classic Mode is 'Kingdom Crossover', a new map based on 2D side-scrolling strategy game, Kingdom Two Crowns. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Prison Architect’s next expansion goes eco-friendly
Prison Architect’s next expansion goes eco-friendly
Prison Architect has seen some creative ideas over the past year or so, and the third expansion takes things in another new direction.