Author Archives: Blake Worrell

Retro-Inspired Run-And-Gun “Orebody: Binder’s Tale” Coming Soon to Steam PC (Updated)

Updated! *Update – an unforeseen delay has caused the release to be pushed to Wednesday, 30 November. Original story follows. Publisher Nami Tentou has released the run-and-gun action game Orebody: Binder’s Tale on Steam. Developed by Orebody Inc., Binder’s Tale is described as a “love letter to NES games,” complete with a pixelated art style, chiptune soundtrack, and a main

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The “Ed Gein: Demon Hunter” Saga Comes to an End (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Hell hath no fury like the Butcher of Plainfield Independent comic book creator Lucifer Storm recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for issues 3 and 4 of Ed Gein: Demon Hunter. Written by Storm (Lady Satan, Jericho) and featuring black and white illustrations by Kristian Rossi (Rad Rose, Trespasser), Ed Gein: Demon Hunter is a supernatural horror book starring the infamous

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Frozen Puzzler “Arctictopia” Now on Nintendo Switch

If you were stuffed with Turkey this Thanksgiving, you may have missed that Gravity Game Arise released Arctictopia on the Nintendo eShop as part of their “Gravity Indie Games” project. Developed by Gamtropy, Arctictopia is an approachable puzzle game with no time limit designed to “soothe those who are tired of the harsh world.” Here’s the official breakdown of Arctictopia

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The Polymega Retro Console Adds N64 Support

On Thanksgiving Day, Playmaji, Inc. announced that they are developing a 5th module in their lineup of compatible Element Module Sets for the Polymega retro gaming console. Anticipated to release in 2022, retro gamers will be able to play original N64 game cartridges on their Polymega systems region-free via the “EM05 Ultra Element Module Set.” Players can use either OEM

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JRPG “Mugen Souls” Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023

NIS America recently announced that “cult classic” RPG Mugen Souls is coming to the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2023. The Nintendo Switch version of the Mugen Souls will feature all original and extra content “true to the original Japanese release”, and will include English language support for both text and audio. Mugen Souls is being developed as a cooperation between

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Retro-Inspired Action Game “Prison City” Coming to Consoles, PC in 2023

What makes a terrorist a “techno-terrorist”? Glow sticks? Indie game publisher Retroware recently announced that arcade-style action game Prison City is coming to both PC and consoles in 2023. Developed by Programancer, Prison City is inspired by 8-bit NES side-scrollers such as Shatterhand and Power Blade, complete with a retro, pixel art aesthetic. Players take on the role of a

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Horizontal Shooter “Akai Katana Shin” Coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and Steam PC in December

City Connection recently announced that horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em up Akai Katana Shin will be released on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam and Xbone on 15 December. Originally released for arcades in 2010, Akai Katana received multiple updates and a home port on Xbox 360 in the form of Akai Katana Shin. This upcoming release includes all three versions of Akai

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Cyber Sheep Studios’ Cyberpunk Graphic Novel “Ronin of Okane” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Do ronin dream of katana-wielding sheep? Cyber Sheep Studios recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ronin of Okane, a 50-page, cyberpunk graphic novel. The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $40 thousand at the time of this writing. Created by Michael Pachidamrong, Keld Bjones, Weerayuth Dilokleartpalakorn, and Dino Zour, Ronin of Okane is a dark tale of two

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Taito’s “Metal Black” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4, Nintendo Switch

Publisher Hamster has announced that Metal Black (or Tokidensho Angel Eyes) is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1991, Metal Black is a 2D, horizontal space shooter – or a “shmup”, as you young whippersnappers call it. The game received a SEGA Saturn port

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Smurf! “Smurfs Kart” Now on Nintendo Switch

Can you believe that The Smurfs will be 65 years old in 2023? Smurfette still looks great. On Wednesday, publisher Microids released Smurfs Kart for Nintendo Switch. The game is developed by Eden Games who has a well-established pedigree for creating racing games, including Gear Club Unlimited, Test Drive Unlimited, and V-Rally. It’s also not the first time that the

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Save the Princess in 2D Fantasy Action Game “Cassiodora”

Can somebody please buy these princesses a gun or something? On Tuesday, publisher PID Games announced that Cassiodora is coming to PC and consoles on 15 December. Developed by Void Studio, Cassiodora is a 2D action adventure game with shooter mechanics and a fantasy aesthetic. Players must select their elemental-powered knight of choice and and rescue the captured princess. Here’s

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Horror RPG “Cursed Mansion” Coming to Steam PC on Friday the 13th in January

Publisher Upoint Games recently published a release date announcement trailer for Cursed Mansion. Developed by Dragon Emperors, Cursed Mansion is a supernatural horror RPG where players must solve puzzles to survive the demon-ridden halls of the mysterious mansion. Here’s the official breakdown of Cursed Mansion from the game’s Steam page followed by the release date announcement trailer: Cursed Mansion is

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Rambo Origin Story “First Kill” Coming From Splatto Comics

I don’t particularly enjoy being the last to hear big news, but Splatto Comics founder and independent comic book creator Richard C. Meyer has time and again confounded me with some rather unorthodox marketing techniques. Yet another example of this came over the Veterans’ Day weekend, when Splatto Comics surprise-launched a crowdfunding campaign for First Kill, a 64-page Rambo origin

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Secret Comics’ “Brutas the Badass 2” Fully Funded on Day One

Over the weekend, Secret Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Brutas the Badass 2, a 48-page “action space comedy.” The project is already fully funded, having raised more than $5 thousand at the time of this writing. Written by Nasser Rabadi (Stardust) and illustrated by Donal DeLay (Death of Love), Brutas the Badass 2 is the long-awaited follow-up to the

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Retro-Inspired 3D Platformer “Lunistice” Now Available on Nintendo Switch, Steam PC

Publisher Deck13 Spotlight has officially released throwback platformer Lunistice for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and GOG. Created by the one-man developer at A Grumpy Fox, Lunistice is designed to be an approachable 3D platformer reminiscent of the 32-bit PlayStation/SEGA Saturn era. Here’s the official breakdown of Lunistice from Deck13 Spotlight, followed by the latest trailer: Follow Hana on

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“Police Simulator: Patrol Officers” Available Now on Steam PC, PlayStation and Xbox

Become the Thin Blue Line! On Thursday, publisher Astragon Entertainment released Police Simulator: Patrol Officers for Steam PC, PS4, PS5, Xbone and SeXbox. Developed by Aesir Interactive, Police Simulator: Patrol Officers puts players in control of a rookie police officer who starts off writing parking tickets and increasingly takes on more challenging law enforcement tasks such as thefts and robberies.

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Matt Ringel’s Mythology-Inspired Noir Comic Series “Fallen” Now on Indiegogo (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator Matt Ringel recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Fallen, a six-issue comic series that is now complete with the funding of issues 5 and 6. The project is already fully funded, having been previously funded via Kickstarter and now having met its Indiegogo funding goal at the time of this writing. Written by Ringel and featuring

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Horror Simulator “Creature Lab” Coming to Steam PC in January

“But I will show the world that I can be its master! I will perfect my own race of people – a race of atomic supermen – which will conquer the world!” Game developer Image Power recently announced that their upcoming first-person horror simulator, Creature Lab, is coming to Steam PC in January. In Creature Lab, players take control of

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New Gameplay Trailer for Underwater Adventure Game “Glaciered”

Developer Studio Snowblind recently released a new trailer for its action adventure game Glaciered showcasing a snippet of the its action gameplay. Glaciered is an underwater action game that looks like a bizarre mishmash of Rez and Ecco the Dolphin. Sort of. In any case, you get to fight giant sharks with ice. Here is brief breakdown of Glaciered from

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Throwback Soccer Game “Retro Goal” Coming To Nintendo Switch in November

Soccer mom approved. The developers at New Star Games recently announced that their upcoming soccer/football title Retro Goal is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this month. Inspired by classic arcade sports games, Retro Goal is a “love letter to 16-bit football, an effort to capture the gorgeous look of 90s videogames whilst bringing the gameplay up to date for

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Stuntman Comics Goes Fully Independent with “Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter” Issue 2

I bet you never thought that there would ever be a Jack the Ripper keshi figurine, huh? In any case… Over the weekend, Stuntman Comics launched a crowdfunding campaign for Jack the Ripper: Vampire Hunter issue 2, the 48-page conclusion to story that began in the first issue earlier this year. Having previously used Indiegogo for their crowdfunding efforts, the

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Strategy RPG “Silver Nornir” Now on PC, Xbox Consoles

On Friday, Kemco officially release the fantasy RPG Silver Nornir for SeXbox, Xbone and PC via Steam and Windows 10. Originally developed in 2013 by World Wide Software for mobile platforms (back when you could still purchase full games on mobile app stores), Silver Nornir combines elements of strategy with more traditional RPG mechanics, all wrapped up in an anime-inspired

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Nichibutsu’s “Itazura Tenshi” Joins the Arcade Archives on PS4, Nintendo Switch

Publisher Hamster has announced that Itazura Tenshi is now available on Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Nichibutsu in 1984, Itazura Tenshi is a shoot ‘em up style action game where players control an angel who must connect the stars to create constellations. Of course, there is a variety

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Arrow Comics’ “Hybrids: The Killing Field the Complete Saga” Fully Funded on Indiegogo

On Tuesday, independent comic book creator Luke Stone* launched a crowdfunding campaign for Hybrids: The Killing Field – The Complete Saga, which includes the final issue of The Killing Field story arc (aka Hybrids issue 9). The project is already fully funded, having raised nearly $1 thousand at the time of this writing. This launch comes just a few days

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Upcoming Remake of Lovecraft-Inspired “Sherlock Holmes The Awakened” to Feature a “Substantial Rewrite”

Ukrainian developer Frogwares has so far managed to dodge the recent volleys of Russian bullets and bombs and keep their noses to the grindstone for Sherlock Holmes The Awakened. Originally released in 2006, this new version of Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is considered a full remake from the ground up. That means assets created in Unreal Engine 4 and a

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Supernatural Horror Game “The Chant” Now on Xbox, PS5, PC

Glory Island isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds. On Thursday, game publisher Prime Matter released The Chant for PS5, SeXbox and PC. Developed by Brass Token, The Chant is a horror action adventure game with a psychedelic undertone and set in the supernatural environment of Glory Island. Here’s the official breakdown of The Chant from Prime Matter followed

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Brian Christgau’s “Six-Gun Gorilla” Returns To Indiegogo For Its Epic Conclusion

Independent comic book creator Brian Christgau recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for Six-Gun Gorilla: Long Days of Vengeance issues 9 & 10 via Indiegogo. There is also a new trade paperback edition collecting issues 7-10 under the title The Great Silence. Written by Brian Christgau and featuring illustrations by Adrian Sibar, these two issues will close out the full Six-Gun

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“QUByte Classics – The Samurai Collection” Coming to Consoles on 3 November

On Tuesday, QUByte Interactive announced that The Samurai Collection will be coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone and SeXbox on 3 November as part of the QUByte Classics line. The Samurai Collection includes both First Samurai and Second Samurai, which are side-scrolling action games originally developed by Vivid Image for the Amiga in the early 90s. Here’s the official

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Sporkman Spin-off “Spearhead Zero” Now on Kickstarter

On Monday, independent comic book creator Charles (Chuck) Bonetti launched a crowdfunding campaign for Spearhead Zero, 20+ page black and white manga style comic book. The project didn’t achieve its funding goal earlier this year on Indiegogo, so the team is trying their luck with the Kickstarter platform. Written by Eric J. Berry and featuring artwork by Oray Studios and

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