Serial Cleaner (XONE)
Action 14 July 2017
An oldschool 2D action game with stealth elements and a gangster atmosphere, created by Polish studio iFun4all. Serial Cleaner takes place in America of the 1970s and you play as a seemingly ordinary citizen, who's really the eponymous “cleaner,” specializing in cleaning crime scenes—getting rid of the bodies, evidence, and blood. The missions in the game are based on real crime scenes from the 1970s, and your task is to efficiently clean them without getting noticed by the policemen patrolling the area. The game gives you complete freedom and rewards you for exploring, making quick decisions and experimenting with different methods of solving a problem. Your task is made slightly easier by the fact that the policemen are a rather lazy and not quite clever bunch, and they don't pay much attention to their duties.
Prison Architect (XONE)
Strategy 28 June 2016
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.
Action December 2017
An online battle game that combines the features of MOBA and action genres. Battlerite was developed by Swedish studio Stunlock, the creators of Bloodline Champions and Dead Island: Epidemic. The game is focused on fast, intensive battles of two small teams of players. Each participant controls one character selected from a roster of unique warriors. During the game the protagonists are gaining experience and unlock new abilities. In contrast to classic MOBA games like Dota, Battlerite lacks any bases, towers or allied units controlled by artificial intelligence. Instead of that, the title provides open arenas on which the gameplay is focused only on PvP gameplay. The game itself offers an action-focused combat system. The action is presented from a top-down perspective and the mechanics are inspired by shooters and other action games. The crowd present on the arenas is an interesting addition – gaining its favor provides various rewards.
Action December 2017
A cyberpunk tactical top-down shooter game inspired by the Syndicate series. It's the first title created by Polish studio Reikon Games, previously involved in the production of such games as Dead Island: Riptide, Dying Light and the Witcher franchise. The game takes place in a futuristic world plagued with violence, injustice and oppression. You play as a lower-class citizen, a sociopath plugged into virtual reality, who declares war on the corporation ruling his city. Ruiner features a classic isometric view and modern graphics full of spectacular visual effects, based on the advanced Unreal 4 engine, while the cel shading gives the game a slightly comic-book-like vibe.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days (XONE)
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is a top-down shooter based on Quentin Tarantino's movie Reservoir Dogs from 1992. The game tells the story of a group of criminals who do bold heists together. Mr. Blond, Mr. Orange Mr. Pink, Mr. White, Mr. Bronze, and Mr. Blue are all part of that group. Their actions are always brutal and leave a trail of dead bodies in their wake. We can take up to three criminals for a mission. We control each of them individually, but, thanks to the Time Back mechanics, we can go back in time and control another character. At the same time, the criminal we controlled previously does the same moves as we did when we controlled him. Gameplay focuses on doing the same actions from a perspective of a couple of characters in away that all of their moves combine into a single coordinated action. Before we get a satisfying end result, we will have to more than once redo the heist and modify our character's actions.
The Escapists: The Walking Dead (XONE)
Adventure 30 September 2015
A spin-off installment of the unique top-down game The Escapist, developed by the publishers of the original, Team 17. The gameplay mechanics are identical to the first installment of the series, but the plot was set in the universe of the popular The Walking Dead comic, having many common plot points. Therefore, in the game, we assume the role of a policeman named Rick Grimes, and our task is not to escape from jail but to get out of a number of locations overrun by bloodthirsty zombies. The fun involves mostly exploration and collecting seemingly useless objects to craft a myriad of useful tools that will help is in our escape. Compared to the original The Escapists, the game features a modified combat system, while the protagonist doesn’t have to operate on his own, since he is followed by a group of other survivors. Because of this, we need to ensure not only the hero’s safety but also that of his companions.
Raiden V (XONE)
Arcade 25 February 2016
The fifth official installment in a series of classic, scrolling top-down shooters. Raiden V was created by MOSS - a Japanese developer in possession of the rights to the franchise since 2005. Similar to the previous installments, the plot presents a great war between humans and Cranassian - an alien civilization that has attacked the Earth. The player has to face the invaders, assuming the role of a pilot. The game offers several characters to choose from, including a British or American male, as well as a Portuguese, German or a Romanian female. Each of the characters has a different personality and biography. Also, the player chooses from among three fighter planes (Japanese, French or American) differing both in statistics and weaponry. The story campaign comprises of a set of missions, during which the player fires at incoming enemies, drops bombs on ground targets and avoids enemy fire. The players have three fire modes at their disposal, allowing for continuous fire, shooting in bursts and launching rockets. Each of the cannons can be upgraded. Every level has their own setting and ends with a boss fight. What is new in Raiden V, is the Cheer System allowing another player to join the game at any moment.
Tower 57 (XONE)
Action December 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 characters fight off hordes of enemies and utilize a rich arsenal of diverse weaponry. In the game, one assumes the role of one of seven available protagonists, each one featuring a unique set of skills and a number available 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.
Neon Chrome (XONE)
Action 08 June 2016
A cyberpunk top-down shooter with roguelike elements, developed by 10tons - the creators of Crimsonland. The story of Neon Chrome takes place in the near future. The players assume the role of an augmented mercenary whose task is to kill the Overseer of a grand skyscraper that belongs to one of the world's most powerful corporations. Gameplay-wise, the developers drew inspiration from oldschool shooters. Our task boils down to eliminating subsequent hordes of enemies with all kinds of firearms. Moreover, the game’s environment is fully destructible. Before we start playing, we choose one of the three randomly generated characters which can be further augmented later on to increase their combat ability. As befits a roguelike production, every death is permanent and forces us to start from square one.
Mantis Burn Racing (XONE)
Racing 12 October 2016
Action racing game created by the indie studio WooFoo, in which players participate in crazy racing championships across winding tracks. The tracks are located in various environments, such as city streets or desert canyons. The vehicles you drive are grouped into three categories: dune buggies, trucks, and sport cars. Each car has its strengths and weaknesses, and getting to know them is the key to success. Besides, all vehicles are customizable, letting you not only adjust their appearance to your liking but also increase their performance. The core of gameplay in Mantis Burn Racing is the single player career mode. Apart from this, there is also multiplayer, which you can play both locally and online. Mantis Burn Racing offers high-quality graphics. Interestingly, the PlayStation 4 Pro version is one of the first titles designed specifically for this console and offering support for native 4K resolution.
Adventure 10 March 2017
An unusual survival horror game created by Frederick Raynal and Gloomywood - a French studio. The game offers pixel-art visuals and is played from the classic top-down view. The player takes on the role of a criminologist by the name of Smith, whose wife got murdered and his children were kidnapped by unknown assailants. Despite the fact that 17 years have passed since then, the protagonist still searches for his children and those who killed his beloved woman - Smith tracks down subsequent serial killers who target juvenile victims. The player explores numerous dark locations and gathers various items that help either to avoid threats or to deal with them. However, the game focuses on saving those who have become targets, instead of punishing the psychopaths. Once the protagonist stumbles on innocents, they join Smith and collectively create a line of original figures following the protagonist. The children can be controlled by issuing simple commands. The player's actions get rewarded with bonus points when they manage to save a large number of children.
Tango Fiesta (XONE)
Action 17 May 2017
A 2D shooter game played from the top-down view. The game was inspired by action films from the 1980s and the plot here constitutes a loose mixture of different movie premises and various things that happened to the protagonist, delivering a parodistic vision of the era. The protagonist is accompanied by five other characters that help him ridicule popular action film tropes and characters. The player explores subsequent locations and eliminates hordes of different enemies with many different weapons; also, the game features powerful bosses. Particular levels are generated procedurally and are set in one of several fully destructible environments, such as sandy beaches, a jungle in Central America, gloomy graveyards or a futuristic city. Although Tango Fiesta can be played solo, the game emphasizes the co-op experience for up to 4 players. The old-school graphics bring the arcade classics from the 1980s to mind, just as the creators as desired, save for the ever-present pixels. Nonetheless, both the in-game locations and character models are very simple.
Action December 2017
A dynamic, science-fiction shooter played from a top-down view and developed by 10tons - an experienced, Finnish studio. Jydge is set in a universe created as part of the studio's previous games, such as Neon Chrome or Crimsonland; the player is taken to Edenbyrg, which is a futuristic metropolis dominated by crime. Assuming the role of the titular judge, the player deals with criminals and brings justice back. At the beginning, the player creates their character, which mainly involves choosing special abilities for them; also, the player is capable of configuring the weapon the protagonist uses. During the adventure, the player traverses the streets of Edenbyrg and completes different assignments, which involves killing hordes of enemies. Alongside progression, the player gains access to more and more weapons, modifications and gadgets. One can play Jydge solo or in the local co-op mode.
Knight Squad (XONE)
Action 16 November 2015
Developed by independent studio Chainsawesome Games, Knight Squad is an arcade game focusing on multiplayer gameplay for up to 8 people. Each player becomes a knight and the group fights on confined arenas that resemble levels from the classic Bomberman. Players can make use of many different pieces of gear and weapons, including swords, bows, and crossbows, but also laser guns, as well as special actions (e.g. ninja, kamikaze). You can play either in versus mode or in cooperation, where teamwork is essential to completing the objective (e.g. eliminate all enemies or protect a target). Knight Squad developers prepared a wide selection of game modes – both classic (Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Last Man Standing) and original (Grail, Soccer, Gladiator). If none of your friends are around to play with you, you can always play with AI-controlled allies.
Ghost Blade HD (XONE)
Action 28 February 2017
Ghost Blade HD is a shoot'em up game developed by indie devs from Hucast Games. We take on the role of the Earth Defense Force's best pilot whose job is to defeat Shira, a rogue A.I. that was installed on an abandoned space station located on the outer rim of the Solar System. In Ghost Blade HD we control one of the three superbly armed combat space ships. Gameplay focuses on eliminating hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses. To win, we have to not only shoot almost all the time, but also avoid the rain of bullets and laser beams fired at us. Along with the primary Story Mode, the game also offers Score Attack, where we have to beat the high scores set by other players from all around the world. We can play alone or in coop with another player. The game features cartoonish, eye-pleasing visuals and a dynamic soundtrack composed by Rafaell Dyll.
Reagan Gorbachev (XONE)
Action 24 February 2016
A humorous top-down shooter created by the independent developer team at Team2Bit. The action takes place in 1986 when a mysterious organization kidnaps the leaders of the world's two main superpowers: Reagan and Gorbachev. With both the world peace and themselves being at risk, the two presidents have to put aside their differences and join forces, for only cooperation will allow them to escape and prevent a nuclear apocalypse. The gameplay mechanics are inspired by classic top-down shooters. The players’(playing either solo or in cooperation mode) task is to break through maps that are full of foes. Since the protagonists are not bulletproof, the key to success is to devise and apply an adequate strategy instead of mindlessly emptying the clips of their weapons. Reagan Gorbachev is supplemented with stealth sequences, and each level is designed in a way that allows the player(s) to complete it both the old-fashioned way and stealthily.
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (XONE)
Racing 13 May 2016
An arcade racing game from Spanish studio EnjoyUp Games with classic top-down view. Though its focuses on Formula 1 racing car competition, its driving model is anything, but realistic, and fair play rules are rather lightly treated. We are given 10 different tracks from 10 countries, and the game is divided into racing seasons. Our vehicle’s parameters play major part in achieving victory, and they can be modified through tokens earned through racing. Due to that, we can forget about taking top positions during our first season, but as we upgrade our engine power, acceleration, brakes, tires and gearbox, we can progressively take higher places and finally compete for the top spots. Grand Prix Rock’N’Racing offers rather modest visuals and a rock’n’roll soundtrack.