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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.

NieR: Automata
NieR: Automata

RPG 23 February 2017

Third-person perspective action game with RPG features and a sequel to the warmly-received production created by Cavia in 2010. The second installment was created by a different developer – Platinum Games known for the Bayonetta series. Despite that, Tarou Yokou, the creator of the first game, retained his position as the director of the project. The game takes place in distant future in which Earth was destroyed due to war against deadly machines. Humans, having found a safe haven on the Moon, created the limited YoRHa series of sapient androids to fight on their behalf. The YoRHa combined forces with androids of older generation and together they face the rebel machines. Two out of three protagonists of NieR Automata are completely new characters, but during the game player will also encounter characters from the first installment of the series as both stories are connected. Gameplay mechanics of the game are similar to ones in its predecessor and they offer an attractive combination of hack-and-slash, magic and RPG.

Sonic Mania
Sonic Mania

Arcade 15 August 2017

A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.

Enter the Gungeon
Enter the Gungeon

Arcade 05 April 2016

A unique mix of a classic dungeon crawler and a dynamic, two-dimensional shooter from the debuting American studio, Dodge Roll. We play as a hero seeking for the legendary weapon that can change the past of a distant planet. To achieve his goal, he must explore the eponymous ancient temple where many dangers and surprises await him. Featuring a top-down view, the game tasks us with exploration of randomly generated levels of the temple. We come across numerous enemies and bosses, as well various shops and friendly characters that will help us in our journey. The game’s combat system is based on classic twin-stick shooters, allowing us to use environmental objects as weapons in addition to an already vast selection of guns and gadgets.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

Arcade December 2020

Official add-on to one of the best accepted independent games of 2017. The expansion introduces new levels, bosses and the third playable character, Miss Chalice.

Jets'n'Guns 2
Jets'n'Guns 2

Action 2021

The second part of the shoot'em up series, in which we sit at the helm of a space fighter, fighting with numerous enemy forces. The high pace of Jets'n'Guns 2 is amplified not only by the ubiquitous explosions, but also by the dynamic soundtrack.

Fury Unleashed
Fury Unleashed

Action 08 May 2020

A dynamic action platform game with roguelike features. The game was developed by the Polish studio Awesome Games. In Badass Hero the action is presented from a side perspective. The game focuses on exploration of a randomly generated comic book-like world, avoiding many traps and obstacles, and on combat with encountered enemies. The protagonist can use various shotguns, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenade launchers. By eliminating the enemies and bosses the protagonist unlocks ink that serves as a currency and can be spent on new skills and weapons. Reflex and agility are the key to victory. The player must be careful as well, as death in this game is permanent.

Ikaruga
Ikaruga

Action 15 April 2003

Re-edition of the popular shumpa. We sit at the controls of a futuristically designed fighter, eliminating enemy units appearing on the screen. We play alone or work with a second player in cooperation.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake
Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Action 26 March 2020

Remake of the cult third-person shooter "on rails" from 1995, in which we play the role of a rider flying on the back of an armored dragon. The developer of the title, trying to recreate the look and feel of the original, is the Polish studio MegaPixel.

Contra: Rogue Corps
Contra: Rogue Corps

Action 24 September 2019

Twin-stick shooter, in which we take control of one of the four highly diverse heroes and compete with the army of space invaders, playing alone or in the company of other players. Contra: Rogue Corps represents Konami's iconic series.

Huntdown
Huntdown

Action 12 May 2020

Two-dimensional, side-scroll arcade shooter, referring to such classics as Metal Slug series. In this production we control one of the three prize hunters in a futuristic city full of enemies.

Sky Force Reloaded
Sky Force Reloaded

Action 02 June 2016

An oldschool shooter inspired by arcade classics. Sky Force Reloaded was produced by Polish studio Infinite Dreams, the creators of the two previous installments in the series: Sky Force from 2004 and Sky Force from 2014. In the game the player controls a fighter jet which automatically flies in one direction (towards the top of the screen). Player is tasked with shooting down incoming enemy units and avoiding being hit or crashing into obstacles. It is a good idea to collect various bonuses which provide temporary power-ups and allows you to equip the vehicle with better weapons. In addition to regular enemy aircraft the player will face powerful bosses, encounters with which will require good reflexes and dexterity. Another attraction are the optional missions, during which one must save civilians. These missions are very risky but completing them grants exceptional awards. Sky Force Reloaded offers many varied levels and colorful special effects which enrich the graphics of the game.

Bartlow's Dread Machine
Bartlow's Dread Machine

Action 31 August 2020

The original twin-stick shooter, in which we play the Secret Service agents trying to get President Roosevelt out of the kidnappers' hands. Bartlow's Dread Machine stands out thanks to its unique mechanics and graphics, which make the game similar to mechanical puppet theater.

Metal Slug XX
Metal Slug XX

Action 23 December 2009

The next installment of the popular series of two-dimensional shooters. We rub in the form of a brave commander, eliminating the enemies we meet. We also sit at the helm of armored machines, including the title tank.

X-Morph: Defense
X-Morph: Defense

Action 30 August 2017

Developed by an independent studio called Exor, X-Morph: Defense is an original twin-stick shooter with tower defense elements. The game shows an unpleasant vision of the future, in which the Earth has fallen victim to an alien invasion. Instead of defending the Blue Planet, the player assumes control over an Alien ship with an objective to face waves of human adversaries and defend enormous devices extracting resources and altering the Earth’s atmosphere. In X-Morph: Defense, the player observes the action from the top-down perspective, controls the aforementioned spacecraft, and erects defensive structures such as watchtowers - highly effective against particular adversaries. During the combat, the alien ship can assume four different forms, each one designed for dealing with a specific type of threats. To fight the enemies, the player can use the destroyable environment by e.g. collapsing a skyscraper to bar the way. The player can invade the Earth either alone or with another player in the cooperative mode.

Tesla vs Lovecraft
Tesla vs Lovecraft

Action 26 January 2018

A crazy two-dimensional twin-stick shooter, in which we assume control of the brilliant inventor and face monsters from the Cthulhu universe created by H.P. Lovecraft.

Squadron 51
Squadron 51

Action 2021

A 2.5D shooter with a unique graphic design stylized on black-and-white science fiction films from the 1950s. During the game we play as a pilot of an airplane fighting with aliens.

Sky Force Anniversary
Sky Force Anniversary

Action 22 October 2014

A remake of Sky Force - extremely warmly-received shoot'em up released in 2004. Players take control of futuristic fighters to stop the army of General Mantis trying to conquer the world.

Sine Mora
Sine Mora

Action 21 March 2012

Sine Mora is a steampunk action game created by Japanese studio Grasshopper Manufacture in cooperation with Hungarian Digital Reality. The game refers to classic shoot up shooters, enriching them with innovative elements, including the ability to manipulate time.

Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge
Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge

Action 31 January 2020

Platform shoot'em up of metroidvania type. In Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge, we're going through a variety of levels, eliminating hordes of enemies and gradually developing the hero, unlocking new skills and buying better equipment.

Crimsonland
Crimsonland

Action 11 June 2014

Extremely simple, dexterity two-dimensional shooter. Players take on the role of a futuristic soldier and in closed arenas they fight waves of aliens and mutants. During the game we can use 30 types of weapons and several dozen abilities modifying the game. The title supports the local co-op mode for up to four people.

Resogun
Resogun

Arcade 15 November 2013

Innovative shoot 'em up, which was created by the producers of the Super Stardust series. During the game we play the role of the pilot of a spacecraft fighting the invasion of aliens. The title has a multiplayer mode and allows players to cooperate with each other.

Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron
Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron

Action 17 November 2017

The second part of the Aces of the Luftwaffe series, in which the task of the players is to repel the German invasion of the United States. Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron can be played not only alone, but also with up to three players in a local cooperation mode.

Tower 57
Tower 57

Action 16 November 2017

An old-school 2D shooter developed by Pixwerk in cooperation with 11 bit studios. The game is inspired by classic 16-bit hits, such as the Chaos Engine series. The action of Tower 57 takes place in a devastated dieselpunk world, where gigantic towers are the only places harboring what remains of human civilization. The story focuses on the adventures of a group of daredevils who attempt to infiltrate the titular Tower 57. Players observe from a top-down perspective how the characters fight off hordes of enemies and utilize a rich arsenal of diverse weaponry. In the game, one assumes the role of one of the seven available protagonists, each featuring a unique set of skills and a number of destructive weapons. The entire experience falls under the typical twin-stick shooter convention and features dynamic gameplay as well as the option to destroy elements of the surroundings. The single player campaign is well complemented by a cooperative mode.

Re-Loaded
Re-Loaded

Action 01 December 1996

A brutal top-down shooter, a continuation of the Loaded game released on PlayStation and Sega Saturn. In the game we play the role of bloodthirsty antiheroes, who are sent to defeat the crazy C.H.E.B.A. - a villain whose brain was transplanted into the body of a hermit-artist. The gameplay boils down to wandering through completely twisted worlds and brutal elimination of hostile enemies using a large arsenal of deadly weapons.

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

Arcade 13 November 2018

A collection released for the 40th anniversary of SNK. It features titles like Crystalis, Ikari III: The Rescue, Guerrilla War, P.O.W., Prehistoric Isle in 1930, Psycho Soldier, TNK III, Vanguard, and Victory Road.