Category Archives: Gaming

Orwellian Themes Abound in “Phonopolis”; Coming Soon to Steam

Amanita Design has announced that their new adventure game Phonopolis is coming soon to Steam PC (and perhaps some other unconfirmed platforms). Phonopolis creates an unabashedly Orwellian world with themes of government overreach, societal control, and censorship. The game also features a unique visual style, combining 3D environments with traditional hand painting, all inspired by the avant-garde art movements of

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Bullet-Hell Shooter “Rolling Gunner + Over Power” Now Available on PS4

Publishers ININ Games and Mebius recently released 2D bullet-hell shoot ‘em up Rolling Gunner + Over Power for the PS4. Directed by ex-Cave developer Daisuke Koizumi (Deathsmiles 2, Dondonpachi), Rolling Gunner has been available on Nintendo Switch since 2019, but this PS4 release includes the Over Power DLC which is bundled into the overall package. If you’re a physical game

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Retro-Inspired 3D Platformer “Lunistice” Coming this Fall to Nintendo Switch and PC

DECK13 recently announced that the upcoming 3D platformer Lunistice is scheduled to release on 2 September for PC and Nintendo Switch. Developed by A Grumpy Fox, Lunistice is inspired by the 32-bit platformers of the 1990s like those in the SEGA Saturn and the original Playstation. Here’s the official breakdown of Lunistice from DECK13, followed by a trailer showcasing some

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“Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle + Hell” Now on Steam PC

On Thursday, City Connection released Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle + Hell on PC via Steam. The game is a 2D action platformer based on JALECO’s classic 80s game, Ninja JaJaMaru-kun, but The Great Yokai Battle + Hell features more than 20 playable characters, including both yokai (spirits) and ninja families, and can be played by one or two

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Haunted House Sim “Horror Tycoon” Announced for Steam PC

Publisher Gameparic recently revealed Horror Tycoon, a simulation title with a Halloween-themed hook. Developed by Smidge Games, Horror Tycoon gives players the chance to create the ultimate haunted house attraction. Will you knock your clientele dead, or will you at least have them screaming for more? Here’s the official breakdown of Horror Tycoon from Gameparic: You definitely must have visited

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Underwater Adventure “Silt” Announced for Nintendo Switch

Publisher Fireshine Games has announced that their 2D adventure title Silt is coming to Nintendo Switch in June 2022, right alongside the previously announced Steam PC version. Developed by Spiral Circus, Silt is an atmospheric puzzler set in a black and white, underwater world. Here’s the official breakdown of Silt from Fireshine Games: Silt is a surreal underwater puzzle-adventure game.

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Co-Op Puzzle Adventure “We Were Here Forever” Now on PC

On Tuesday, Total Mayhem Games released their co-op puzzle adventure We Were Here Forever for PC. A console release for PlayStation and Xbox platforms is planned for a later, but undisclosed date. Once again set in the treacherous realm of Castle Rock, We Were Here Forever is the fourth game in the We Were Here series. Here’s the official breakdown

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World War II Narrative Adventure “Attentat 1942” Coming to Nintendo Switch on 12 May

Over the weekend, Charles Games announced that their narrative adventure Attentat 1942 is scheduled to release for Nintendo Switch on 12 May. The game has been available on Steam PC since 2017. Set in World War II Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic/Czechia (it’s hard to keep up for old guys like me), Attentat 1942 puts players in the grip of terror from Nazi

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Mecha RPG “Wolfstride” Coming to Nintendo Switch on 10 May

We at The Splintering love it when people get into the Monochrome May spirit, so we were especially happy to see game publisher Raw Fury and developer OTA IMON Studio join in on the festivities by announcing the release date for Wolfstride on Nintendo Switch. It’s 10 May. Originally announced in 2020, Wolfstride has been available for PC (via Steam

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Retro-Inspired Space Shooter “Remote Life” Coming to Consoles on 27 May

Indie publisher Ratalaika Games has announced that 2D space shooter Remote Life is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox and Nintendo Switch on 27 May. Created by one-man developer Next Game Level, Remote Life is a horizontal shoot ‘em up inspired by the retro arcade shooters of the 80s and 90s. Instead of using pixel art, however, the environments are

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Taito’s “Fighting Hawk” Joins the Arcade Archives on Nintendo Switch and PS4

Game publisher Hamster has announced that 2D vertical shoot ‘em up Fighting Hawk is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series. Originally released in arcades by Taito in 1988, this Arcade Archives release is the first home console port of Fighting Hawk outside of Japan. Fighting Hawk is a 2D, vertically scrolling

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Visual Novel/Racer Hybrid “Nirvana” Coming to Nintendo Switch on 6 May

On Thursday, publisher RedDeer.Games announced that the futuristic racing/visual novel hybrid is coming to Nintendo Switch tomorrow, 6 May. Developed by Dev9k, Nirvana is inspired by scifi anime of the 1980s. It is actually a new version of Nirvana: Pilot Yume, but this console edition is “tailored to the preferences of players who love the retro vibes and deep stories

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Bullet Hell Dungeon Crawler “Wildcat Gun Machine” Now Available on PC, Consoles

On Wednesday, publisher Daedalic Entertainment released Wildcat Gun Machine for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam, Epic, GOG). Developed by Australian developer Chunkybox Games, Wildcat Gun Machine is described as a “bullet hell dungeon crawler” with a story and enemy designs inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. It is also my understanding that there are guns, too.

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Color-Switching Shoot ‘Em Up “REPULSOR” Coming to Steam PC on 19 May

German developer Toitan recently announced that their first game REPULSOR is set to arrive on Steam PC on 19 May. Inspired by retro arcade games, REPULSOR is a 360-degree shoot ’em up featuring a color-switching gameplay mechanic similar to Ikaruga (sort of). Here’s the official breakdown of REPULSOR from Toitan: Mankind is on the brink of extinction, the sun fades

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Fantasy RPG “Infinite Links” Coming 12 May to Steam PC, Consoles

Publisher KEMCO recently announced that RPG Infinite Links for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox, and Steam PC on 12 May. Developed by Exe Create, Infinite Links is a fantasy RPG with a skill system built around collecting talismans. Here is the official breakdown of Infinite Links from KEMCO: Talismans are magical items that contain great power, even with some

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2D Platformer “Smilemo” Coming to Steam PC on 20 May

Game publisher CFK recently announced that 2D action game Smilemo is scheduled for release for Steam PC on 20 May. Developed by REXECHO, Smilemo is a side-scrolling platformer where players take control of the last surviving emoji struggling to survive a brutal computer virus. Here is the official breakdown of Smilemo from CFK: Smilemo is an action game set in

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Retro Arcade-Style Shooter “Galacticon” Coming to Nintendo Switch, Steam PC on 22 May

Publisher Flynn’s Arcade recently announced that the retro-inspired space shooter Galacticon is coming to the Nintendo Switch and Steam PC on 22 May. Developed by Radin Games, Galacticon aims to recapture the spirit of 80s arcade classics like Defender with some additional mechanics and updated visual flare. Plus this time, the humans are the bad guys, which I think makes

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Indie Zombie Shooter “BITGUN” Now on Steam PC

On Friday, two-person developer LogLogGames officially released BITGUN on Steam PC. Truth be told, the two devs at LogLogGames are a married couple (d’awww!) who have grown closer thanks to their love… of shooting pixelated zombies in the face! That’s because BITGUN is a retro-inspired overhead shooter with plenty of blood and zombie heads to blow straight to Sheol. Here’s

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Retro-Inspired Space Shooter “P.3” Now on Nintendo Switch

On Friday, publisher RedDeer.Games announced that retro-inspired shoot ‘em up P.3 is now available on Nintendo Switch. The first game by solo developer DevJgame, P.3 is a vertical space shooter with rogue-like gameplay and a slick throwback aesthetic reminiscent of classic arcade games. Players must blast into deep space and save the galaxy from – wait for it – aliens.

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Strategy RPG “Legend of Ixtona” Now Available on PlayStation

On Thursday, publisher KEMCO released Legend of Ixtona for the PS4 and PS5 (and it does feature cross-buy). Originally released for mobile platforms, Legend of Ixtona is already available on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Legend of Ixtona is a turn-based strategy RPG presented with an isometric viewpoint. Here’s the official breakdown of Legend of Ixtona from KEMCO: Ixtona emerges from

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Retro-Inspired Visual Novel “Mothmen 1966” Coming to Steam PC, Consoles in July

On Wednesday, publisher Chorus Worldwide announced that visual novel Mothmen 1966 is planned to release on 14 July for PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch, and Steam PC. Developed by LCB Game Studio, Mothmen 1966 is intended as the first in a series of visual novels inspired by “mid-20th century pulp fiction and ‘80s home computer graphics.” Here’s the official

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“Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony” Coming This Summer to Nintendo Switch, Steam PC

Publisher CFK recently announced that Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony, a 2D action game based on Touhou Project and Frontier Aja is coming Nintendo Switch and Steam PC on 28 July. Co-developed by Frontier Aja and CFK, Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony is unabashedly inspired by the later Castlevania games, particularly Symphony of the Night. Here’s the official breakdown of Koumajou Remilia:

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Get Rich or Die Trying in “Randy & Dandy DX” Coming to Consoles, PC on 29 April

On Monday, publisher Ratalaika Games announced that co-op action puzzler game Dandy & Randy DX will be released for PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch and Steam PC on 29 April. Created by Brazilian developer Asterstic Game Studio, Dandy & Randy DX features throwback design and mechanics similar to classic era games and is also inspired by a true story

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Grappling Hook Platformer “Raven’s Hike” Swinging To Consoles on 28 April

Everything is better with grappling hooks. On Monday, publisher QUByte Interactive announced that the new 2D platformer Raven’s Hike will be available on the PS4, PS5, Xbone, SeXbox and Nintendo Switch on 28 April. Developed by Wired Dream Studio, Raven’s Hike features a retro-inspired pixel art aesthetic and requires players to progress through a set of puzzle-filled stages using only

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“Shadowrun Trilogy” Now Available to Preorder on Consoles

Paradox Interactive recently announced that Shadowrun Trilogy will launch on 21 June 2022 for Nintendo Switch, Xbone, SeXbox, PS4, and PS5, and preorders are now available on all platforms. The Shadowrun Trilogy is a remastered release of the three fantasy-cyberpunk RPGs in the Shadowrun Returns series (so no, not the original). These include: Shadowrun Returns Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut

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90s-Inspired Action RPG “Anuchard” Now Available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PC

On Thursday, publisher Freedom Games officially launched action/RPG Anuchard for Nintendo Switch, SeXbox, Xbone, and Windows PC. Developed by stellarNull, Anuchard is described as a “civilization restoration action RPG” where players descend into monster-infested dungeons to restore the captured souls of a small village. The retro-inspired visual aesthetic is intended to be reminiscent of 90s-era PlayStation games. Here’s the official

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