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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.

Pharaoh
Pharaoh

Strategy 30 October 1999

A cult economic strategy game created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Pharaoh takes place in the Nile valley, several hundred years B.C., and spans from the era of the great pyramids to the New Kingdom period. As the pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, you have to transform local villages into great cities, take care of your people's needs, and make your country the greatest of them all. A big factor in the development of your country is agriculture, which is dependent on the flooding of the Nile. You develop your cities, build famous structures (such as the pyramids, the Sphinx, or the Luxor Temple), and also oversee the trade, religion and culture. Apart from governing the cities, the game also features a tactical combat system, both on land and at sea. Pharaoh features several single-player campaigns, each consisting of several dozen of missions. The 2D visuals of the game are very detailed and utilize an isometric view.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Arcade February 2020

The second part of the metroidvania series, in which the players play the title ghost. In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the protagonist leaves Nibel forest to discover his true destiny as he travels through an exotic world.

Zeus: Master of Olympus
Zeus: Master of Olympus

Strategy 17 October 2000

Another economic strategy game by Impressions Games, known from e.g. Lords of the Realm and the Caesar series. The production is set in ancient Greece, where you play as a leader of a city, which means, you have not only to develop your domain, but also to care for its citizens and appease the gods overseeing the region. You can also expand you city by founding colonies and fighting other factions — you can send ordinary troops to battle or use heroes, who can defeat mythological creatures, loot mysterious ruins, and lead armies in the most important battles. Zeus: Master of Olympus features high-quality visuals, with detailed building models and ubiquitous citizens, going on about their daily lives.

South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth

RPG 04 March 2014

A cRPG game based on the popular adult animated TV series South Park. South Park: The Stick of Truth was co-developed by Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original animated series – Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The player assumes the role of a kid who, together with his parents, just moved in to the titular town and tries to win his peers’ sympathy. Shared LARP (Live Action Role Playing), in which Cartman and his friends take part, gives the hero a chance to prove himself. The plot of South Park: The Stick of Truth is filled to capacity with absurd humor and references to popular culture. The creators applied elements of classic cRPG mechanics, like character classes, turn-based combat, gaining experience, and reaching higher levels. The production features cartoon-like graphics.

Rain World
Rain World

Arcade 28 March 2017

A hybrid of a platform and a survival game. The title was developed by two people – Joar Lisberg Jakobsson was the lead programmer and the author of the idea of the game while the music was composed by James Primate. The game takes place in a hostile post-industrial realm filled with complicated machinery. The environment is constantly plagued by downpours and the animals that live in it are forced to hide from the rain in a hibernated state. The main protagonist is Slugcat – a creature that is similar to a cat. It is tasked with gathering enough food to survive the forced resting time. What’s interesting, the ecosystem is filled both with creatures smaller than Slugcat and ones that are much larger. This makes the protagonist the hunter and the prey at the same time. The gameplay concentrates on visiting atmospheric locations, avoiding confrontation with larger predators and avoiding traps and other dangers. Luckily, the unusual protagonist isn’t completely defenseless – he can use a spear that allows him to kill or stun other creatures. Rain World can be played alone or in cooperation mode. Low-key colors and simple graphics fit the grim atmosphere of the game.

Battle Brothers
Battle Brothers

Strategy 24 March 2017

A combination of a turn-based strategy and an RPG, developed by Overhype Studios. Battle Brothers takes the player to a medieval-like low-fantasy world, where they become a leader of a mercenary band. The player can have up to 12 fighters under their command, and each of them has a portrait, name and a backstory, apart from a set of features that affect their stats and capabilities on the battlefield. The game does not make use of character classes, thus the player can assign weapons bought or taken from the enemies without any restrictions. The basic weaponry includes a set of medieval tools, such as swords, spears, axes, bows or crossbows. Different kinds of weapons offer interesting special attacks - for instance, axes can break shields; maces on the other hand, can stun the enemy so they lose their next turn. On their path, both when completing assignments and exploring the world, the player encounters various enemies, fighting ordinary bandits, hostile mercenaries, forest creatures, tribes of orcs and goblins, as well as the undead and terrifying ghosts. If the player manages to survive for long enough, they are faced with one of the ending crises. Those include an invasion of orcs and goblins, a plague of the undead, and a war between the local noble families.

The Settlers IV
The Settlers IV

Strategy 16 February 2001

The fourth part of the saga with small settlers. This time, three races are available to choose from: Romans, Vikings, Mayas. In the game we will also meet representatives of the so-called "Dark Race".

Blasphemous
Blasphemous

Action 10 September 2019

A platform action game, in which the players are taken to a dark, fantasy world filled with dark forces. During the game, the players are facing legions of nightmarish creatures as they travel through grim, non-linear locations.

The Artful Escape
The Artful Escape

Arcade 2020

The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a hybrid of adventure and arcade, enriched with elements of a musical game. While playing, the player explores two-dimensional levels inspired by old music videos (especially David Bowie's music), fights enemies, solves riddles and collects sounds, which he then uses to compose simple songs affecting elements of the environment and enemies.

Nuclear Throne
Nuclear Throne

Action 05 December 2015

A roguelike post-apocalyptic 2D shooter developed by Vlambeer, an independent Dutch studio. The plot of Nuclear Throne was inspired by science-fiction movies from the 60s and 70s and tells a story of mutants fighting to seize control over a post-nuclear wasteland. In the game, we assume the role of a mutant of selected race and traverse irradiated locations, eliminating waves of incoming enemies. There is a pretty big weapon arsenal at our disposal, including both simple melee weapons and powerful high-caliber guns. As we progress in the campaign, we uncover various secret rooms and gain new useful abilities that make our character grow stronger. The game features pixelated graphics in retro-style.

Child of Light
Child of Light

RPG 29 April 2014

Child of Light is a 2D RPG that combines the elements of modern platformers and Japanese role-playing games. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, a subsidiary of Ubisoft which also collaborated in the development of Far Cry and Assassin Creed games. Child of Light tells the story of Aurora, a young girl who has to save the kingdom of Lemuria. When playing, we influence Aurora's development and witness her rough journey to adulthood. The game is presented in a perspective typical for platform games, and the turn-based combat system is inspired by the jRPG genre. During her adventures, Aurora explores a vast, living world, where she encounters friendly fairies, gnomes, and sneaky monsters. Child of Light offers single player and multiplayer modes. In the latter, the second player takes on the role of a friendly firefly.

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry

Adventure 07 November 2018

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is a comedy adventure game. The game is a new entry in the classic series originally developed by Sierra. The player assumes the role of a not-too-successful pickup artist Larry Laffer who is trying to gain the affection of the girl of his dreams. During the game, the players are exploring locations, participating in conversations and solving riddles. The gameplay is partially non-linear and features a virtual dating app with unique logic challenges.

Limbo
Limbo

Arcade 21 July 2010

Very unique two-dimensional platformer from the independent developer PlayDead. We play as a small boy who sets on dangerous journey to save his sister. He traverses surrealistic landscapes, coming across many deadly traps and running away from monstrous spider, which follow him tirelessly. In terms of gameplay, Limbo borrows from classic platform titles, though not without adding a few original features. The games revolves around advanced physics, which plays crucial role in most puzzles and arcade sequences, during which the players must display quick reflexes. What stands out the most, however, is Limbo’s unique, mysterious and grim atmosphere, mainly coming from its audiovisuals. Sparse use of sound and graphics, consisting only of shades of black and white, makes it look like a work of a movie expressionist from the beginning of 20th century.

Undertale
Undertale

RPG 15 September 2015

An old-school RPG from the independent developer Toby Fox, referencing the Earthbound series. Undertale's story takes place in a world that was witness to a lengthy, cruel war between humans and monsters after a long period of coexistence between both races. It ended with humans driving the monsters underground. Many years later, somewhere in the vicinity of the now-legendary mount Ebott, a little girl looking for shelter from the rain finds a cave and in it a mysterious hole, through which she falls. We play as this girl and explore the underground world, facing various monsters and interacting with various characters. The game’s most characteristic feature is the innovative battle system – we can engage in direct combat in the form of arcade minigames or avoid more difficult fights through talking and complimenting.

Darkest Dungeon II
Darkest Dungeon II

RPG TBA

The second installment of the cycle of grim RPGs, which was launched in 2016. The story told in Darkest Dungeon II focuses on the apocalypse and the hardships of a long, exhausting journey, while the gameplay is based on the mechanics known from the original. Players must, therefore, travel through gloomy locations, facing the dangers lurking there and taking care of the emotional state of the characters.

Divine Divinity
Divine Divinity

RPG 02 August 2002

Divine Divinity is a cRPG game set in a fantasy world full of intrigue and black magic. There is chaos in this world, which is why it will be up to the player to follow a path that will lead to the restoration of order and order.

Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger

RPG 02 November 1999

Refreshed version of the classic jRPG game, originally released on the SNES console. The conversion was prepared by Square Enix's development team. Players direct the actions of a boy named Crono, who travels through fantastic lands in search of his lost beloved.

Oxygen Not Included
Oxygen Not Included

Simulation 30 July 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.

Rayman Origins
Rayman Origins

Arcade 15 November 2011

A two-dimensional platform game, the gameplay of which references classic installments of the series. The story of the game takes place before the events told in the first installment of the series. The action of the game takes place in a fairytale realm called the Crossroads of Dream. When the world is threatened by an invasion of dark creatures called Hoodlums, the titular protagonist and his friends decide to save it. During the game the player will visit various fantasy realms, jump between numerous platforms (the action is shown from side perspective and the player can move in four directions), get past various traps, obtain new abilities and fight enemies encountered on the path. There is more than a dozen types of enemies, as well as much more powerful bosses. What's more, the game contains levels in which the protagonist mounts other creatures (for example a giant mosquito) and rides it through large areas. Cooperation mode is a novelty in the series – it allows the player to complete all levels while accompanied by up to three friends. The colorful, beautiful graphics generated by UbiArt Framework are a valuable asset to the game. Colorful locations are accompanied by neatly-animated characters and a catchy soundtrack.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King

Arcade 29 October 2019

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King is a collection of two classic 2D platformers. Both productions offer optional gameplay facilitation and improved graphics. However, you can also play with older versions of these productions, choosing between their variants from different consoles.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Arcade 04 November 2014

An expanded version of a popular indie game that has been released in 2011 by Team Meat studio. Nicalis studio, a bit more experienced team, has been involved in refreshing of the title, in cooperation with original developers. When it comes to mechanics, the gameplay hasn’t changed much, offering randomly-generated levels, traversed by the titular Isaac, who solves simple puzzles and eliminates monsters or much more powerful bosses. The main difference between the Flash-based original, is a completely new graphic engine, introducing new, improved visuals and a number of innovations that, as a result of technological limitations, hadn’t made their way into the original. The developers included the whole base game and its two DLCs, and introduced a number of novelties. A local co-op mode has been incorporated in the game, allowing two players to take part in a joint playthrough on one screen.

The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga

RPG 14 January 2014

Inspired by the Nordic mythology, a cRPG developed by the independent studio Stoic, whose members worked on, for example, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The action takes us to a world where fratricidal bloodshed between the gods led to chaos and wars. This is an "on the road" type of story, divided into two main plot branches, telling the stories of two Viking parties trying to escape from the threat posed by a mysterious, stone-like race called the Dredge, born as the result of gods’ experiments. Set in fantasy realities, the gameplay combines adventure and RPG elements with a turn-based combat system. With game's progress, your party gains experience and becomes more and more powerful. Also, the decisions you make will exert heavy influence on the plot. The game features amazing 2D graphics, employing art style similar to that of Walt Disney productions.

Machinarium
Machinarium

Adventure 16 October 2009

An original two-dimensional adventure game developed by Amanita Design - an independent Czech studio popular for the Samorost series. The action is set in a bizarre world made entirely of metal. All the plants, wildlife and humans were replaced by robots. The player assumes the role of one such robot, wrongfully sent to a junkyard. Once back in town, the protagonist discovers the existence of a conspiracy aiming to murder its leader. He decides to prevent the murder attempt and tries to get back his girlfriend along the way. The game is based on the classic point-and-click mechanics and the player collects various items when exploring subsequent locations and solves a set of relatively simple puzzles. Machinarium stands out with its well-made hand-drawn visuals inspired by industrial architecture, old and rusty machinery, as well as by classics of science-fiction literature.

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.

Some Distant Memory
Some Distant Memory

Adventure 14 November 2019

Exploration adventure game in which we play the role of an archaeologist trying to understand the mystery of the fall of humanity, which occurred several hundred years before the game action began. The production was developed by the Galvanic Games team.