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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.

Super Crush KO
Super Crush KO

Action 16 January 2020

A production which combines the features of brawlers and shoot'em ups. Over the course of the game, we play the role of a girl who is trying to stop the rebellious Artificial Intelligence from taking control over a futuristic city. The gampeplay in Super Crush KO revolves around constantly moving to the right and spectacularly eliminating everything that stands in our way.

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.

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.

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.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake
Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Action 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.

Dead End Job
Dead End Job

Action 13 December 2019

Dead End Job is an arcade twin stick shooter, in which we take on the role of a ghost hunter, we carry out orders, tame various creatures and look for a way to save our boss.

The Disney Afternoon Collection
The Disney Afternoon Collection

Arcade 18 April 2017

A collection of six action games based on classic Disney cartoons. The collection was developed by Capcom and it contains games that were released in late 80s and early 90s on Nintendo Entertainment System. The Disney Afternoon Collection contains the following titles: DuckTales (1989), Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990), TaleSpin (1991), Darkwing Duck (1992), Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (1993) and Duck Tales 2 (1993). All titles were remastered and adapted to modern gaming platforms. They offer various modern graphic filters and are working in native 1080p resolution. The developers have also introduced new game modes, such as Boss Rush and Time Attack. It is also possible now to rewind the action when the player dies or faces some other difficulties in the game. The fans also have access to bonus materials like artworks and concept arts.

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

Arcade 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.

ITTA
ITTA

Action 2020

An isometric twin-stick shooter, in which we play the role of the title girl fighting for survival in a picturesque but extremely unfriendly land. ITTA game is based on boss rush mode, so during the game we face only bosses.

Jamestown+
Jamestown+

Arcade 17 March 2015

A refreshed version of Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, a side-scroller taking place in an unusual setting. We are taken to an alternative version of 17th century, in which the Spanish, British, and Martian forces clash in a fight for the right to colonize Mars. The player assumes control over a small vessel that is tasked with the elimination of hordes of enemies that appear along the way. The gameplay of the new edition is almost identical to its predecessor, offering a two-dimensional side-scrolling experience seen from a top-down perspective. The action has a considerable pace, with simultaneous attack and evasive maneuvers requiring a good deal of dexterity. When it comes to novelties, Jamestown Plus contains a number of updates and fixes, as well as new ship models with unique armament and special abilities. Moreover, the authors introduced a new chapter of the story which concludes the events seen in the original game.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mercenary Kings
Mercenary Kings

Action 25 March 2014

Two-dimensional scrolling shooter maintained in the style of old productions available at vending machines. We play the role of the most experienced mercenary on Earth, the King, and set off on a mission to avenge the murdered companions. We jump on platforms, eliminate opponents coming from both sides of the screen and improve our arsenal thanks to an extensive crafting system.

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.

A.N.N.E
A.N.N.E

Action 29 February 2020

Combination of two-dimensional shoot' em up game and platformer with RPG elements. During the game we play the role of a small robot and explore the vast open world of science fiction, gaining experience and new equipment. The whole was maintained in the style of 8-bit and 16-bit console productions.

Contra Anniversary Collection
Contra Anniversary Collection

Action 11 June 2019

A set consisting of eight games from the Contra series, released on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Konami company. The Konami 50th Anniversary Collection - Contra compilation is complemented by an ebook which contains lots of information from behind the scenes.

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.

Polybius
Polybius

Action 10 May 2017

A rail shooter created by Llamasoft. The player is placed in control of a combat ship, which constantly goes forward and whether it is over a surface or inside a tunnel, the player's role remains to maneuver to the sides, perform dodges, attack enemies and destroy countless obstacles. The player fights smaller and larger adversaries coming in large numbers. A scoring system evaluates the player at all times - the scores achieved in 50 levels (differing in terms of colors and enemies one encounters) can be increased through collecting power-ups (which give speed boosts) and eliminating enemies quickly. Polybius catches one's attention with its simple, but incredibly original visuals and a pleasant, trance soundtrack. Although the game was created specifically for VR headsets, being in possession of such a piece of hardware is not required.

Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 3

Action 25 May 2004

Re-edition of the classic two-dimensional shooting, which originally debuted on the NeoGeo console. We have a dozen or so different boards to overcome. We only deal with the liquidation of enemies appearing on the screen.

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.