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PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

PC Games In 2015 And Beyond

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Platformers

The videogame players’ favourite mode of traversal: jumping. Jumping to move between surfaces, jumping to leap over enemies, jumping as a metaphor for the unbearable melancholy of being alive. Platformers are an old form, but even in fallow times there’s a million of them to play.

Blackhole

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Puzzle platformer about the coffee boy of a space mission being the only one who can save the crew and ship when it crash lands on “Entity,” a planet-like object on the other side of a black hole.

All Blackhole posts.

DieselStörmers

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Pure co-op blasting in a part-medieval, part-steampunk world with a fantastic aesthetic. On Early Access now, you can bounce around various randomly generated worlds fighting off goblins in your powered knight armour.

All DieselStörmers posts.

Hot Tin Roof

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Originally kickstarted and scheduled for mid-2014, this metroidvania with fantastic voice acting is beautifully stylised in both its friendly, blocky graphics and the 50s detective characters and plot.

All Hot Tin Roof posts.

Infinitesimals

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A stunningly hi-def “cinematic” sidescrolling platformer in which you control a tiny spiderbot, sneaking underground and upon blades of grass in order to get the pounce on larger, insectoid robots that mean to destroy you.

All Infinitesimals posts.

La-Mulana 2

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
If half of Spelunky was inspired by Rogue, La-Mulana might be the inspiration for the other half. You only need to look at the character to see the start of that. La-Mulana 2 aims to carry forward the original’s treasure-seeking, dungeon platforming – giant boulders and all.

All La-Mulana 2 posts.

Legend of Iya

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Who is it who still looks at pixel art and thinks, “Cor, that reminds me of the games I played when I was young”? We all played lots of games in the past too, but when we see pixel art now all we see are the umpteen other in-development or recently released games that use the art style for little more than nostalgia. Are there people somewhere clamouring for this? Are they the same people who ask for the music to be turned up in pubs and restaurants? It’s not easier to draw like this than in any other style! It’s harder, even! Anyway the game is a metroidvania and it was Kickstarted and there’s a demo.

All Legend of Iya posts.

Mighty No. 9

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
September 15th 2015
What is it?
Mega Man in all but name and actually being available on PC, Mighty No. 9 made just over $4,000,000 in crowdfunding. The backer beta recently reached its final version and an animated series has started development.

All Mighty No. 9 posts.

Ori And The Blind Forest

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Ori’s almost an essay on how to make a quaint puzzle platformer. It features a sentient giant hug, soft-lit hand-drawn environments and will almost certainly destroy your heart if you get invested.

Ori and the Blind Forest review.
All Ori And The Blind Forest posts.

Owlboy

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Does this game actually exist? Owlboy has been in development for what feels like forever, which is both because it’s been a long, long time since it was announced, and because we so badly want to get our hands on its flighty, pixel art world. Fingers crossed it’s more than just a traditional platformer after all this time, of course.

All Owlboy posts.

Rain World

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The most adorable puzzle platformer in development. Animation is a large part of that, the player character “slugcat” and its adversaries moving fluidly around the future where rain pours hard enough to be deadly.

All Rain World posts.

Slain

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Extremely bloody and old-school to the bone platforming here from a 25 year veteran artist and animator. That shows nowhere better than in the gory deaths of foes, falling differently based on what brand of magic or angle of giant sword swing they were killed by.

All Slain posts.

SUPER III

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An action platformer where a second press of the jump button teleports you to the next surface in your path, with wraparound levels for some extra fancy manoeuvres. One trick games like this live or die on how immediately satisfying that trick is, this looks like a keeper.

All SUPER III posts.

Super Meat Boy Forever

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The sort-of sequel to one of the best platformers ever made, Forever is being built from the ground up to be used on touch devices. Why do we care over in keyboard, mouse and (let’s be honest) gamepad land? Because it’s a completely new set of levels, bosses and indie game cameos from one of the best studios around.

All Super Meat Boy Forever posts.

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
“Red Riding Hood, only she’s had enough of your shit” is a fantasy sub-genre all of its own, but we haven’t had a massive number of them over here in games-land. A platforming, monster-axing affair, it’s certainly grim.

All Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries posts.

Extreme Exorcism

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A simple 2D platformer about performing exorcisms – with high powered weaponry. Ghosts that are taken care of will come back and copy the moves you used to execute them, building complexity across a level as you clear it.

Moonman

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Q4
What is it?
A Terraria-like with a darker tone. The biggest change is the addition of fire, letting you destroy whole forests to clear out enemies or just create a spectacular light-show. A Kickstarter is on the way.

All Moonman posts.

Guns, Gore & Cannoli

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Adding to the ever-increasing “zombies in weird scenarios” genre, GGC sets you up as an italian mobster during the twenties. Accents and tommy guns galore while you try to save ‘Thugtown’ from the outbreak in a 2D platformer/blaster set up.

Cloudface

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Playing as a very happy, besuited cloud whose had his documents stolen, this is a light-hearted platformer with a piece of bubblegum as the villain. While tonally playful, the developers still want to create something challenging and fun through tight mechanics. It’s also hand drawn and animated.

Blazefall Binalblades

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
On Hold
What is it?
Possibly the best name on this list, Blazefall Binalblades is a two character brawler where a day/night cycle influences which of the two ninjas has more power. It’s beautifully hand-drawn though very early in development. An unsuccessful Kickstarter has put it on hold for the time being.

Exception

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Two cool things here: it’s set inside a computer gone wrong, battling against malware and viruses that infect its systems. Because of this, levels will radically change as you progress, making fights unpredictable and platforming challenging.

Broforce

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Already making a storm on Early Access for the past year, Broforce is an 80s action movie love letter and one of the most insanely destructive games out there. The main additions in each new version are an increased character count, all referencing classic movie heroes.

Broforce review (early acces).
All Broforce posts.

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A 2D shmup in which you and a partner must work in tandem to control a large, pink spaceship. The challenge is that the enemies will come from all sides, but firing any gun means running your character over to it inside the ship. It’s got lovely art design from the start, and quickly becomes frantic and funny.

All Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime posts.

Warlocks vs Shadows

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Early Access
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A side-scrolling magical brawling game, about destroying waves of enemy monsters with increasingly over-the-top magic spells. A fast-and-frenetic fantasy Risk Of Rain-alike. Previously simply “Warlocks” a large Early Access update brought with it a new name.

All Warlocks posts.

Apotheon

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Action RPGing in an open world set entirely in the aesthetic of ancient greek pottery, Apotheon is just a joy to look at. It’s been making the rounds since early 2012 and all that work has gone into crafting a truly legendary journey through the land of the dead to fight the gods on Mount Olympus.

Apotheon review.
All Apotheon posts.

Night In The Woods

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2016
What is it?
An adventure game about a college drop-out cat returning home to find things aren’t as she left it. Friends have grown up and the town is changed. She’s also developing “mysterious abilities” which let her discover that all is not as it seems and something lurks in the nearby woods. It tops it off with wondrous dialogue and a really beal outlook, at least in the trailers.

All Night In The Woods posts.

The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access, Action
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Retro-styled, fast-paced, action-packed platforming with a focus on technical skill to master its massive combat system. It went into Early Access planning to be out by March, but so far hasn’t made it.

All The Joylancer: Legendary Motor Knight posts.

A Hat In Time

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Early Access, Third Person
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A 3D platformer inspired by the likes of Mario 64, which means double-jumps, tummy-slides, sunny seas and a lot collectable coins and other doodads. Whether it can match its inspirations for shear polish remains to be seen, but these kinds of games are rare on PC – and just sort of rare across the board, these days.

All A Hat In Time posts.

Ghost Song

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Metroidvania
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A metroidvania that’s particularly strong on the Metroid, in so much as you’re exploring an alien environment wearing a scifi supersuit that lets you dash and turn into a ball. It was crowdfunded and is currently in beta for those who backed.

All Ghost Song posts.

Axiom Verge

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Metroidvania
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A metroidvania with shooting and exploration, but also control over ‘glitches’ which let you scramble enemies. Aims to tickle the nostalgia glands with its art and music, and is coming to PS4 and Vita first with a PC release shortly afterwards.

All Axiom Verge posts.

Move Or Die

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Online, Early Access
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Single-screen competitive multiplayer with a generic platformer base built upon with dozens of game modes, all with their own special rules and win conditions. It’s entering Early Access soon, using community input to design even more ways to play and fix inevitable bugs.

Adventures Of Pip

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Yes, a puzzle platformer with a light tone and pixel-art, but Adventures of Pip plays more effectively with the formula. You evolve and devolve through stages of “detail” giving Pip certain abilities within the world based on how sophisticated his graphics are. It’s a clever hook and one with a lot of potential if exploited right.

All Adventures Of Pip posts.

How To Be A Tree

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The biggest lie in games in 2015? This won’t teach you too much about the proper tree-like qualities of staying still and being made of wood, but DOES look like quite a fun 2D platformers about throwing yourself around via expanding branches. Also featuring a floating eye that’s very angry about your new-found mobility.

All How To Be A Tree posts.

Paradise Lost: First Contact

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Playing as an alien that’s found itself on Earth and captured by a research organisation, this 2D platformer draws on mechanics most commonly used by stealth survival games – but with humans as the antagonists. Your alien body is also capable of moving along ceilings, reconfiguring the materials it’s made of and releasing noxious gasses to put pursuers to sleep.

All Paradise Lost: First Contact posts.

Tim Cosmonaut

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Charmingly colourful and quaintly blocky, this puzzle platformer is cute and floaty with an aesthetic that fits the voxel-built world well. It splits time effectively between puzzle solving and alien blasting while keeping its controls liquid-smooth.

All Tim Cosmonaut posts.

Chasm


Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Procedurally generating a metroidvania sounds like a recipe for frustration and failure but that’s what Chasm is proposing. Beyond that it’s a fantasy hack’n’slash with all the levelling up, platforming and boss fights you could fairy-wish for.

All Chasm posts.

Project Maiden

Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Reversing the metroidvania genre, Project Maiden starts you with all the most powerful abilities. As you progress you’ll start to lose them, forcing you to adapt continually. Kickstarted in mid-2013, weekly updates have gone on since then, detailing every part of the development process by one-man team Kevin Cole.

All Project Maiden posts.

Radio The Universe


Official site

Genre
Platformer, RPG
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Mixing a downbeat open world to explore with hectic dungeons in a far-future world, Radio The Universe is equal parts fast paced platformer, bullet hell robot dodger and forlorn adventure game. Hauntingly beautiful and delayed from its initial launch estimate of Early 2014 when Kickstarted in 2013, updates are few and far between – hopefully due to a commitment to work, rather than a lack of it.

Master Spy

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Stealth
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The 2D, side-scrolling art is reminiscent of Impossible Mission, and the mechanics blend that game’s platformer-sneaking with the dexterity required to complete something akin to N or Punishment 2. As the titular Master Spy, you can run and jump, but also don disguises to fool guards.

All Master Spy posts.

Aegis Defenders

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Tower Defense
Release date
December 2015
What is it?
Platforming tower-defense about a grandfather-and-daughter team resurrecting ancient technology during a new dark age. Switching between the turret-building Bart and rifle-toting Clu you’ll fend off waves of enemies while searching tombs for powerful artifacts. A demo was released with the Kickstarter which should still be floating about. Bonus: the art is all inspired by Studio Ghibli.

All Aegis Defenders posts.

The Swindle

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Heist
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Steampunk aesthetic and stealth platforming mix to make a game about stealing loot and robbing banks. Previously cancelled, Size Five Games have brought it back by keeping it simple and boiling it down to the basic fun of risk/reward, though final design is still in flux.

All The Swindle posts.

Trash TV

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Surprisingly violent puzzle platformer that’s been in development for ages. There’s a very short, three year old demo that you can still catch on Steam. The aim is to create a short, polished experience with replayability through co-op and a level editor, at least last time we heard from solo developer Laurence Russell irregularly updated devblog.

Trash TV review.
All Trash TV posts.

Even The Ocean

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
A parkour-tacular fast paced platformer revolving around a central energy bar that must be balanced to maintain speed and maneuverability. There’s a demo from early last year that shows off the movement mechanics and a more recent video showing the current development status.

All Even The Ocean posts.

Cuphead

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Now that’s an art style the endlessly aged RPS hivemind can get behind. Cuphead is a Unity-made platformer but looks like anything but, taking inspiration from the first American cartoons of the early 1900s. That charm extends to the music and animations, making it a joy just to watch the trailers for – which is sadly all we’ve managed so far. Come on 2015, get it sorted.

All Cuphead posts.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A remake of classic puzzle platformer Abe’s Oddysee, now ported to PC after being released last year on Playstation 4. Not the rush job cashin of other HD remakes, this was carefully reconstructed from the “ground up” by the development team, with new everything.

All Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty posts.

Replay: VHS is not dead

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Trapped inside a TV playing a selection of parodies of classic movies, the hero has the ability to switch who is being controlled and rewind time to attempt escape. Most levels consist of getting all the characters present to the exit, unharmed by the various tricks and traps in the way.

Chester United

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Puzzle-platforming with the twist of not only characters that can be changed on the fly, but control over the artstyle of the level itself. Different styles will have different effects – cause enemies to become weaker, power up attacks, change the movement patterns of platforms and so on.

Hollow Knight

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Puzzle
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Bug-based superheroics in a washed out blue and white world. Fast-paced combat, beautiful art and smooth animation got this game across the Kickstarter line in late 2014. They’re a bit behind schedule but still expect to get the game out this year.

All Hollow Knight posts.

Tembo the Badass Elephant

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Strategy
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The guys behind Pokémon are making a side-scrolling destructo-matic about a special forces elephant which runs through men, tanks, walls and most other things. We don’t know why, nobody knows why, but it’s a beautiful, mad thing. Well done video games.

All Tembo the Badass Elephant posts.

SteamWorld Heist

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Shooter
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Sequel to robot mineshaft explore’n’shoot Steamworld Dig, only in space! The ultimate modifier for quality. You lead a band of robot space pirates onto enemy ships to take their loot and their lives. It plays out sort’ve like a 2D platforming XCOM (with robots, in space).

SteamWorld Heist preview.
All SteamWorld Heist posts.

Fossil Echo

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Puzzle
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
One of those games that just drops you in the middle of a quest and tells you to sort it out. A boy must climb a tower in the middle of the sea. That’s what you know going in, everything else – how’d he get there, why, what’s there – is explained on the way.

Ronin

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Early Access
Release date
June 2015
What is it?
Inspired by Tom Francis’ Gunpoint with a bit more violence, bullet dodging and motorcycle helmets. Ronin slows to a stop whenever you’re targeted, letting you pick which of several very awesome things you want to do to prevent your untimely demise.

Ronin review (early access).
All Ronin posts.

SuperGlad

Official site

Genre
Platforming, Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Puzzle-solving exploration forms the core of this tale about a young girl and her bear exploring a dream world. As they progress the characters will unlock various special abilities. It’s beautiful, slightly sinister and just the right blend of cute.

Planet of the Eyes

Official site

Genre
Platforming
Release date
Q3
What is it?
A cutesy, retro robot fella wanders a mysterious landscape after a crash landing from space. You’re chasing another survivor who seems to have just as much of an idea, or lack thereof, as to what’s going on.

Zombie VIkings

Official site

Genre
GENRES
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Co-op undead norse brawler with a dose of humour. There’s a singleplayer option but, y’know, probably don’t. Most interesting is talk of the locales you’ll visit, including the innards of the Midgaard Serpent.

Downwell

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Man falling down an almost infinite well, battling enemies on the way. Obviously he has guns for shoes. A striking super low-fi art style is an interesting choice. Originally designed for phones, publisher interest is bringing it to PC too.

All Downwell posts.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Official site

Genre
Platformer
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The most successful Kickstarter project in years, with over a week still to go at time of writing and looking like an easy break of the four million dollar mark. Inspired by (and made by members of the development team of) Castlevania, it’s nostalgia-fueled, gorgeous looking and focused on exploration and combat. Inevitably one you’ll hear a lot more about before release.

All Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night posts.

Rise & Shine

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Shooter
Release date
Q1 2016
What is it?
Because, you see, the character is called Rise and his gun is called Shine. Clever, right? Large bosses, powerful weaponry and puzzles all feature in this ludicrously colourful title, helped to life by Adult Swim.

Feist

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action
Release date
July 23rd 2015
What is it?
Dark and moody trap-dodging in a silhouetted world. Enemies and obstructions are designed to interact dynamically, forcing players to use infighting to progress, luring monsters into each other’s line of fire or on to traps.

Prompt

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Retro
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Not a tonne of info on this one, as the link above going to a Steam page might suggest. Solo dev Peter Gutenko claims it’s hardcore and very difficult with few gimmicks but new challenges to every level.

Rive

Official site

Genre
Platformer, Action, Shooter
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Vehicle-based blasting of the constant retro sort. Enemies, explosions and old-school platforming abound from the folks at Two Tribes. Pulls off the required spectacle for this sort of thing with ease.

All Rive posts.

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