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Cuphead
Cuphead

Arcade 29 September 2017

A two-dimensional action game with designs resembling old cartoon movies, which is a debut production of StudioMDHR, an independent developer. In Cuphead, we assume the role of a gambling addict that loses his soul to the devil during one of his sessions. To retrieve it, he needs to work off its equivalent. When it comes to mechanics, the game is a 2D fighting game with a degree of platforming elements – we participate in continuous 1v1 fights, taking place on special 2D arenas. During combat we can make use of a wide range of weaponry, as well as several outfits bestowing us with special powers. Each of the enemies has his own fighting style, which needs to be countered in order for us to win. In opposition to the genre classics, our enemies are controlled by dynamic AI, making the game tough to beat and less predictable in case of replays.

Pathway
Pathway

RPG 11 April 2019

A tactical turn-based RPG developed by the creators of Halfway. The story in Pathway is set in the 1930s and revolves around powerful ancient artifacts. The Nazis search for them, trying to beat the private collectors’ associations to it. The player takes control of a group of independent collectors – Lankford & Co – and attempts to find the ancient relics before they fall in someone else’s hands. The group controlled by the player comprises some eccentric characters, who carry out a number of dangerous missions taking place in the ruins of ancient civilizations, tombs filled with traps and monsters, and even Wehrmacht strongholds. Most of these missions offer players much freedom in the exploration of large locations; however, they also require them to fight many battles using the turn-based combat system. In between the missions, the player gets to the base in which he can manage his team, talk to NPCs and make story-related decisions. The creators of Pathway decided to implement the pixel art style enriched by modern visual effects, such as dynamic lighting.

Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon

RPG 19 January 2016

A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.

We. the Revolution
We. the Revolution

Adventure 21 March 2019

Inspired by a popular game Papers, Please, this is an unusual mix of genres by the Polish studio Polyslash. We. The Revolution is set in the 18th-century Paris during the French Revolution. The player takes the role of a judge in the Revolutionary Tribunal, who judges both revolutionists and their enemies, as well as criminals and ordinary citizens. After accepting a particular case, you have to look through files and evidence, interview the people involved, and finally state the verdict – either just or one serving your interests. During the game you get to make lots of decisions that affect not only the course of the protagonist’s career or the fate of his family and friends, but also the balance of political power in the capital of France. As the game progresses, the character that you control also gains more and more influence, which allows him, for example, to participate in various conspiracies, or even start a struggle for power.

RimWorld
RimWorld

Strategy 17 October 2018

A strategy game set in a science-fiction world in which we supervise an extraterrestrial colony. It has been developed by debuting independent studio Ludeon, established by a former employee of Irrational Games, who previously worked on the Bioshock series. The story of RimWorld takes place in a future in which humanity colonized many alien star systems, but they are located so far from each other that their inhabitants cannot count on anyone, but themselves. We take command over a small group of survivors of a colony space ship, with our task being to maintain the development and provide safety to our base. Aside from building structures and gathering food and resources we must assign each colonist with a task adequate to his or her skills. RimWorld features a unique complex tactical combat system and three independent AI systems that – depending on the situation – will generate random story arcs, making sure to maintain a proper level of drama throughout the gameplay.

Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley

RPG 26 February 2016

The debut production from the independent studio Concerned Ape. It is a sandbox RPG that focuses on the life of a farmer. Stardew Valley takes place in a fantasy realm filled with magic, where the player becomes a young farmer whose ambition is to transform his small field into a giant farm generating great profits. The main task of the player is to plant plants, gather the crops and expand the farm with new infrastructure and agricultural products. In order to be more interesting, the game also feature some RPG elements. One can also take active role in the life of the nearby village – make friendships and interact with the inhabitants of the settlement. This unlocks new challenges and earning opportunities for the player. As the game progress, the protagonist gains experience and learns new skills such as farming, mining, fishing, or animal feeding. One can also get married and have children in this randomly generated world.

Kingdom: Two Crowns
Kingdom: Two Crowns

Strategy 11 December 2018

Another incarnation of a minimalistic real-time strategy with RPG elements, developed by an independent studio called noio. Like in the original Kingdom for PC Windows and mobile devices, in Kingdom: Two Crowns, the player assumes the role of a king tasked with taking care of his loyal subjects and providing for them. Unlike the original release, in Kingdom: Two Crowns the player can enjoy both single player and cooperative game modes. During the game, one observes the action from the side perspective. Gameplay revolves around two main aspects – the first one being exploration (during which one can acquire gold they can give to the encountered settlers), while the second one focuses on expanding the settlement by erecting production buildings, creating tools for the settlers, and building diverse fortifications, which prove useful after dusk. During the night, one’s domain is attacked by vicious trolls and the player has to pay careful attention to their crown, because when it falls into enemy hands, the game is over. Luckily, the player can unlock numerous perks on their adventures to stand a better chance against the increasingly powerful foes. The game features simple, yet pleasing pixel-art visuals.

Dead Cells
Dead Cells

Action 07 August 2018

An action game with roguelike and metroidvania elements by indie French studio Motion Twin. During the game, you explore a grim castle, whose elements (such as chambers, cloisters, and sewers) are procedurally generated. Given the permadeath system, it means that each new gameplay is a fresh experience, during which you can discover new parts of the fortress. An important aspect of Dead Cells is combat, which is very difficult. To succeed you have to work out the patterns of the enemies' attacks and to get the protagonist to a high enough level. In combat you use melee and ranged weapons, as well as offensive and defensive magic. The game features pleasant 2D pixel-art visuals.

Katana ZERO
Katana ZERO

Action 18 April 2019

A retro pixel art game developed by the independent studio Askiisoft. The title is a combination of platform game and a dynamic action game. Katana ZERO takes place in a city full of contrast, during the eighties’ of twenty century. Next to rich districts there are slums with night clubs that attract shady people. The player controls a ninja warrior who wants to have his revenge. The action is presented from a side perspective and the gameplay focuses on traveling through locations and fighting encountered enemies. The protagonist can use various moves. The key to victory lies in agility and reflexes. A special drug called Chronos is helpful at some points of the game – it enables the protagonist to slow time. The title has high difficulty level – a single shot or hit can kill the protagonist.

King Arthur's Gold
King Arthur's Gold

Action 04 May 2011

King Arthur's Gold is a fun-focused, dynamic action game created under the responsibility of Micha³ Marcinkowski and TransHuman Design's development team led by him. Players build their own fortress and fortifications, and then try to defend themselves against enemy attacks and at the same time conquer their stronghold. The production is maintained in the 16-bit style.

Forager
Forager

RPG 18 April 2019

Two-dimensional sandbox inspired by Terraria, Stardew Valley and The Legend of Zelda series from independent HopFrog studio. Players find themselves in an open world where they collect raw materials and produce items necessary to unlock new activities. The game has no predetermined goal and leaves us free to decide what we want to do.

Whispers of a Machine
Whispers of a Machine

Adventure 17 April 2019

Whispers of a Machine is a science fiction adventure developed for PCs. The action takes place in the future, at a time when humanity has deliberately retreated in technological development in order to remove the threat of being dominated by advanced artificial intelligences. We play the role of a detective investigating a series of murders in a sleepy city. The game boils down mainly to exploring the location, conducting conversations and solving puzzles.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
South Park: The Fractured But Whole

RPG 17 October 2017

Another installment in an RPG series based on the Comedy Central’ cult adult-oriented cartoon TV series. The title is a direct sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth released in 2014. However, unlike that game, this one was created by an Ubisoft’s subsidiary. Once again you play as the New Kid, whose family just recently moved in to South Park. This tim, Cartman and his group play the roles of superheroes, making up the vigilante group of Coon & Friends. They have to face a new danger, the villainous Professor Chaos. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is similar to its predecessor, combining classic RPG elements with turn-based combat, further spiced up with a big doze of nasty humor invented by the creators of the TV series: Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Plants vs Zombies
Plants vs Zombies

Strategy 05 May 2009

A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.

Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight

Arcade 24 February 2017

Hollow Knight is a 2D metroidvania game developed by the indie studio Team Cherry. The game takes us to a fantasy underground world located bellow the city of Dirtmouth. The place attracts numerous adventurers, who disappear without a trace when they enter it. We play as an adventurer who decides to face the challenge and find riches, fame, and the answers he is looking for in that underground world. The game is presented from a side-scrolling perspective. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of vast locations, leveling and progressing our character, finding more and more powerful equipment, and fighting with the encountered enemies. During our exploration of the underworld, we will find not only many traps and dangers awaiting us, but also some friendly NPCs that will aid us with their knowledge or useful items.

Anno 1602: Creation of New World
Anno 1602: Creation of New World

Strategy 26 November 1998

You are leaving the populated continent to discover new lands and become a pioneer of colonization. When you settle in the archipelagos of the islands, you have to expand your colonies and defend yourself against a new threat.

Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition
Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition

Strategy 29 January 2015

A remastered edition of one of the most well-received installments of the legendary Heroes of Might & Magic series, created for the 15th anniversary of the game's original release and the 20th anniversary of the franchise. It was commissioned by Ubisoft and developed by DotEmu, known e.g. from the remake of the cult platform game Another World. The contents of the HD edition are the same as the base game (no expansions included) and consist of 7 story campaigns (about 50 maps in total), a skirmish mode and a functional editor. Compared to the original, the key changes are the upgraded wide-screen-compatible HD visuals. The graphics are now sharper and more clear-cut, which is the result of reprogramming over 25,000 elements and models. The multiplayer mode has also been upgraded, both in the local “hotseat” mode and the online one. Also, for the first time ever, a version for mobile devices was created.

Prison Architect
Prison Architect

Strategy 06 October 2015

An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.

Shakedown Hawaii
Shakedown Hawaii

Action 07 May 2019

An old-school open-world action game and a sequel to Retro City Rampage developed by Vblank Entertainment. The action of Shakedown Hawaii takes place 30 years after the events presented in its predecessor. The protagonist has grown really old and got himself a large belly. Dramatic events forced him to take up arms once again and to rebuild his crime empire. The gameplay mechanics improve on the ideas from Retro City Rampage and bear a strong resemblance to the first installment of the cult-classic Grand Theft Auto. The action is observed from an aerial view when traversing the open city area on foot or by vehicles. While playing, we perform various primary and secondary quests, using a rich arsenal or firearms, and the gameplay is enriched with elements of economic simulation that lets us manage the protagonist’s business. The game is realized in retro style and features a large dose of absurd and undiscriminating humor.

Graveyard Keeper
Graveyard Keeper

RPG 15 August 2018

A sandbox RPG with strategy game features. The title was developed by Lazy Bear Games. Graveyard Keeper presents an unusual topic – it enables the player to assume the role of the titular keeper of a graveyard located in a typical fantasy realm filled with monsters and magic. The gameplay is focused on running the graveyard business, and during the game the player must take care of activities like moving bodies, digging graves and organizing funerals. At the same time the player must constantly make business-related decisions and invest in expansion and improvement of the graveyard. Since burying the dead isn’t very profitable, the player can also use alternative methods of earning – go into dungeons, participate in witch burning festivals or cooperate with the local church. The title is filled with black humor and parodies the most typical fantasy genre tropes.

Shadowgate
Shadowgate

Adventure 21 August 2014

Terraria
Terraria

Arcade 16 May 2011

A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.

Deck of Ashes
Deck of Ashes

RPG 2019

A title in the RPG category, where you can find elements of cards and the genre of roguelike. Deck of Ashes also offers an intriguing world of dark fantasy and a nice graphic design, based on hand-made illustrations. Independent studio AYGames is responsible for creating this title.

Warsaw
Warsaw

Strategy September 2019

Strategic game with elements of RPG from independent Polish studio Pixelated Milk, in which we command troops taking part in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The production is strongly inspired by the popular dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon.

Oxygen Not Included
Oxygen Not Included

Simulation 28 May 2019

A 2D science-fiction simulation game by Canadian studio Klei Entertainment, in which your task is to develop a colony on an unspecified planet. In Oxygen Not Included you're responsible for all the ways in which the base functions, from expanding it to managing every individual colonist and assigning their duties. A colonist can e.g. mine for resources, build constructions, conduct research, manage transport, and even cook; each of the activities can be prioritized to make our base function more efficiently. Moreover, you have to care for the basic needs of the colonists and ensure they have access to water, food, heating, and the eponymous oxygen, which distributed across the base by a complex network of pipes. The game features the studio's distinct cartoonish visual style.

One Finger Death Punch 2
One Finger Death Punch 2

Fighting 15 April 2019

A fun two-dimensional fight in which the player faces countless enemies. Despite being based on an extremely simple control model, the game offers immersive and exciting gameplay. The title is a continuation of One Finger Death Punch from 2014.