Sonic Mania (PS4)
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.
Little Nightmares (PS4)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
Child of Light (PS4)
RPG 30 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.
Rayman Legends (PS4)
Arcade 18 February 2014
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Arcade 09 February 2016
An action-logic platform game created by Coldwood Interactive in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. You play as Yarny, a character made of yarn, who travels across various locations, inspired by the landscape of northern Scandinavia, in search of traces of his long lost family. Scores of adventures await you, requiring you to cleverly use the protagonist’s unique ability of unraveling his own body. He can use some of the yarn he is made of to create a bridge or catch a fish and use it to cross a river. The game features impressive, fully 3D graphics, although presented in 2.5D perspective, resembling LittleBigPlanet.
Death's Gambit (PS4)
RPG 19 September 2017
Death's Gambit is an oldschool 2D action RPG developed by White Rabbit, inspired by the classic games like Castlevania or Shadow of the Colossus and newer productions such as Demons' Souls. We play as the Emissary of Death, and our job is to purge the world from the immortals. The game takes place on a medieval planet, where we will have to face numerous knights, undead, and monsters. From time to time we will also encounter gigantic monsters that will require us to climb onto them and find their weak points in order to defeat them. Gameplay focuses on action, battles, and high difficulty level. The game requires us to plan our actions and think outside the box. Death's Gambit also has some RPG elements, like the character progression system, special abilities, or a wide array of weapons and equipment.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (PS4)
Action 12 January 2016
The second installment in a spin-off series created within Assassin’s Creed - one of the Ubisoft’s leading franchise. The game translates the series’ mechanics into a 2.5D side-scrolling action-adventure game. The story is set in 1841, in India. The country is on the brink of open conflict as tensions increase between the Empire of Sikh and the British, who claim rights to Indian territory. With these historical events serving as the background, another ongoing conflict comes to light – the never-ending war of Assassins and Templars. You play as Abraaz Mir, a member of the Assassin Order, who tries to care for the Order’s interests in the times of political turmoil. The game features the characteristic elements of the series, such as spectacular acrobatics, sneaking, melee-combat with guards, and assassinations of targets. The shift in player perspective, however, necessitates a different play style, putting more emphasis on tactical thinking and planning your every step.
BRUCE: The Game (PS4)
Action 19 September 2017
BRUCE: The Game is a cyberpunk/noir platform game and the debut of the Polish studio Tabasco Interactive. BRUCE: The Game rather clearly refers to the classics like Ridley Scott's cult movie Blade Runner or Frank Miller's comic book series Sin City. The game takes place in a rainy, futuristic world, where Bruce, our protagonist, does many various quests and faces enemies. We observe the action from the classic side-scrolling perspective. Bruce uses all kinds of weapons and special abilities during our adventures, including bullet time, known from the Max Payne series. Gameplay focuses on dynamic and spectacular action and, at the same time, presents a mature, entertaining story with interesting NPCs. The game has hand drawn, noir-inspired visuals.
Hidden Dragon: Legend (PS4)
Action 30 August 2017
Hidden Dragon: Legend is a 2.5D platform game developed by MegaFun Games and published by the Chinese company Oasis Games. The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient China where historically accurate elements where combined with legends and beliefs of that period. We play as a warrior who, as a result of the machinations of a mysterious organization, was turned into a mindless killing machine with the help of an ancient artifact. When he finally regains control over his body and mind he decides to have his revenge on those who used him. As we play, we explore vast maps, avoid traps and obstacles, collect items, and fight with hordes of enemies. The game heavily focuses on combat and has a complex combat system that allows us to do many kinds of moves, special attacks, and combo strikes. Hidden Dragon: Legend character progression mechanic that will allow us to improve our hero’s abilities. In addition to that, we collect more and more powerful items as we play and the so-called soul stones that unlock new combos.
Never Alone (PS4)
Arcade 18 November 2014
A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.
The Mummy Demastered (PS4)
Action 30 August 2017
The Mummy Demastered is a metroidvania game developed by WayForward Technologies. The game is based on the license of the 2017 film The Mummy. We play as the agent of Prodigium, an organization that tries to stop the undead army summoned by the Egyptian princess Ahmanet, the titular mummy. Gameplay focuses on going right, shooting our enemies, and avoiding traps and other threats. As we play, we will explore dark forests, military bases, and streets of London covered in sand. In combat, we use a wide range of firearms. Along with your typical, weaker monsters we will have to defeat powerful bosses from time to time. The Mummy Demastered has old-school, pixelart visuals.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (PS4)
Arcade 08 August 2017
A collection of classic 2D platform games from the popular Mega Man series created by Capcom. This production is a sequel to Mega Man Legacy Collection, released in 2015, and it offers four games that were absent in the previously mentioned collection. This time we get: Mega Man 7 released in 1995 on SNES console, Mega Man 8 released in 1996 on PlayStation and SEGA Saturn as well as two newest parts of the series: Mega Man 9 (2008) and Mega Man 10 (2010). All games take place on Earth at the end of XXI century and the main hero in all of them is the titular Mega Man – a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence whose main enemy is Doctor Wily, a crazy scientist. All games have similar 2D platform mechanics – the most important elements of the games are exploration, collecting items, avoiding traps and fighting enemies. The set has also an additional attraction in the form of a virtual museum full of bonus materials for fans of the series.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4)
Adventure 25 June 2014
Valiant Hears: The Great War is an original action-adventure game that takes place during the World War I. It was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, creators of best-selling platform games Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. The game's plot is based on authentic letters from the WW1 period and tells the story of five heroes who were were brought together by the war and... a good-willed dog that can influence the fate of people. Among our heroes we will find a French captive, an American enlistee, a Belgian paramedic, an English pilot, and a German infantryman. Gameplay differs depending on which character we are currently controlling. We will have to solve riddles and puzzles, explore, and face some arcade elements. Even though the game's atmosphere and setting are a bit grim, Valiant Hears: The Great War tends to be a bit humorous. We will also find many stereotypes about the nationalities of our heroes in the game. Game's visuals are comic book-like, "hand drawn" to some degree.
Action 01 March 2016
An old school platform shooter developed by independent South African studio Free Lives. The game employs a parodic style to resurrect the legend of classic side-scrolling arcade shooters and the cult of movie tough guys from eighties and nineties. Playing as such icons like John Rambo, Texas Ranger, John McClane, B.A. Barracus, Robocop, or Conan, the player moves through levels filled with typical evil mooks and villains. Although the names of characters were slightly changed, the player can easily guess as whom he is playing. Every character has a unique ability or weapon in addition to the regular set of weapons. The objective of each mission is to free the hostages and escape by using a helicopter. In addition to single player mode, Broforce offers cooperation in local mode or through the Internet. The distinctive graphics, employing pixel art visuals, also relate to the golden age of arcades.
Trine 2: Complete Story (PS4)
Arcade 15 November 2013
A sequel to a platform/puzzle action game developed by Frozenbyte. The story of the original game was set in a colorful, magical fantasy world. Trine 2 once again presents the adventures of the three characters bound together by the power of an artifact known as Trine. Amadeus, Zoya and, Pontius are brought to a fairytale land inhabited by goblins. Their task is to discover the truth behind the actions of the malicious creatures and to prevent them from achieving their goals. Similar to the original game, Trine 2 is a two-dimensional platformer. The gameplay features arcade elements (jumping, fighting, etc.) and puzzle solving. The main characters have gained new abilities and can also search for hidden treasures and bottles containing experience points. The sequel features also a new game mode, implementing cooperative online multiplayer.
Salt and Sanctuary (PS4)
RPG 15 March 2016
A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (PS4)
Action 21 April 2015
The first installment in the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series of spin-offs, created in the form of a 2.5D adventure platformer. The game was developed by Ubisoft as a bonus for users who bought the season pass for Assassin's Creed: Unity. The game is set in the sixteenth-century China, and the players assume the role of female assassin Shao Jun – a student of Ezio Auditore and the protagonist of the animated film Assassin's Creed: Embers. Being the last survivor of the Order's Chinese subdivision, she returns to her homeland with the intention of avenging her murdered brother. During the journey she meets a number of historical figures and visits several famous locations of China, including Beijing, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. Gameplay mechanics are a translation of the usual gameplay into a side-scrolling platform game. We can climb, sneak, fight, and kill silently. The production features an original graphic style, inspired by traditional Chinese painting.
Black The Fall (PS4)
Adventure 11 July 2017
An action-adventure title developed by the independent developer Sand Sailor Studio. The action of Black The Fall takes place in a communist industrial dystopia where the inhabitants are completely subject to the regime. The main hero, named Black, is a obedient worker at one of the many factories. However, when the entrance door gets damaged, he takes the opportunity to break free. Gameplay featuring a side-view focuses on exploration of the mysterious environment. Locations introduce numerous traps, obstacles, and diverse environmental puzzles. During gameplay, Black gets his hands on a designator – a tool which gives him control over workers, machines, and other friendly beings. The title utilizes 2.5D visuals that do not feature too many vivid colors, which makes the title stand out.
An exploration game that eludes standard genre classification, developed by independent studio Chucklefish. Starbound combines elements of a 2D sandbox platformer and a strategy game. As you play, you explore and colonize other planets, provide for their inhabitants, construct useful items and vehicles, as well as fight hostile aliens. The game is set in a procedurally generated world,providing a great amount of freedom to the players. In addition to the single player mode, Starbound offers the ability to play with other people (via Intertnet) in competitive or cooperative modes. The game's retro graphics is characterized by a limited color palette and pixel-art stylistics.
Blackhole: Complete Edition (PS4)
Arcade 08 August 2017
A 2D platformer which is the first larger project of an independent Czech studio FiolaSoft. The player assumes the role of a crew-member aboard a spaceship named Endera. The craft crashes on the object known as Entity, which is located inside a black hole. The protagonist's goals are to fix the damages caused by the collision, save the crew-mates, and to destroy the black hole from within, as it poses a threat to the planet Earth. Although the experience is almost entirely conventional, the developer decided to bring innovation in terms of the puzzles present, as the player manipulates gravity in this game. One can reach inaccessible parts of the map through rotating the game world in an appropriate manner. Since certain puzzles do provide a challenge, the player can seek help in Auriel - a talkative AI that remains at the protagonist's side throughout the adventure. Original audiovisuals constitute another distinctive feature of the game - the graphic style is hilarious and colorful and the soundtrack present combines symphonic and electronic elements together. It is worth adding, that time spent completing a given level is recorded, so the players can share their results with others in the community and compete for best performances.