Riptale by Super God is a high speed action rogue-like that pumps the player up for flying around the screen slashing up monsters. The game presents itself with a great mechanic and design, but the problem is that the rest of the game didn’t get the memo about where the fun is.
Tribute Games retro-inspired hit Mercenary Kings mixed old school design with modern touches to create something original. For their next game Flinthook, we have similar aspirations; taking a page out of retro platformers with a mix of rogue-like design. While the inventiveness doesn’t go far enough, Flinthook could be the start of something amazing.
Asura is the first major Steam game from Indian studio Ogre Head. Taking their love of action games and rogue-likes, Asura blends that with Indian mythology. Despite being their first action game, Asura shows some very smart design and is a game I hope we see more from in the future.
Sumo Digital has been on the ball over the last few years. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed was an underrated game and it looks like they’re about to score another winner with Snake Pass. Originally conceived from a Game Jam, Snake Pass is an amazingly inventive and beautiful game.