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Narita Boy

Narita Boy

This upcoming 2D fighter features amazing retro-style character and environment designs, and thrilling battle mechanics. You play as Narita Boy, a young man who is transported from the world of playing video games into the Digital Kingdom. (Thanks Timothy!)

Trine 3 (Gameplay)

Trine 3 (Gameplay)

Trine 3‘s knight, thief and wizard display their unique abilities separately. The game’s colors are still too saturated for our taste, but the platforming and puzzles are still on point even with the new 3D environment.

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Trine 3 (Trailer)

Trine 3 (Trailer)

The thief, the knight and the wizard return in Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power. Unlike its side scrolling predecessors, the latest installment of the charming and challenging puzzle platformer makes use of all three dimensions.

Potatoman Seeks the Troof

Potatoman Seeks the Troof

If you enjoy the addictive frustration of games like Flappy Bird and Crossy Road, then Pixeljam’s wacky retro-styled platformer might be right up your alley, as you navigate an anthropomorphic tuber through a myriad of fast-moving obstacles.

Aaru’s Awakening (Trailer)

Aaru’s Awakening (Trailer)

Aaru’s Awakening is a platformer featuring hand-drawn art and fast-paced action. Use the main character’s teleportation ability to weave your way through its beautiful levels. Coming to Windows, OS X, PS3 and PS4 this summer.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Originally slated for Xbox 360, this Xbox One platform-puzzler makes you draw missing pieces of the environment for your character to progress. While it looks like the controls could work well with Kinect, it’s all joystick.

Shovel Knight (Trailer)

Shovel Knight (Trailer)
$15  Buy Link Comment

Shovel Knight is an action platformer for gamers pining for the look and feel of the 8-bit Castlevania and Mega Man games. It will have a story mode as well as a multiplayer battle mode where you can play as the game’s bosses.

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
$30  Buy Link Comment

Insomnia returns to classic form in their latest R&C game, adding gravity manipulation guns and wearables, as well as the Winterizer, which turns enemies into snowmen and the Nightmare Box which scares the crap out of them.

Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings
$15  Buy Link Comment

A side-scrolling platformer and shoot ’em up from Tribute Games (Wizorb). It features a ton of weapons and armor as well as the sweet art of Paul Robertson and the other artists who worked on the Scott Pilgrim game.

The Swapper

The Swapper
$11  Buy Link Comment

A puzzle adventure game where you play as a man armed with a gun that creates clones of himself.  You can possess any of your clones as you navigate through the game’s beautifully creepy world. Also on Steam. Demo at 2:02.

Cloudberry Kingdom: Dev Diary

Cloudberry Kingdom: Dev Diary

A platformer that never ends, thanks to its ability to randomly generate its levels. Its indie creators discuss the inspiration and history behind the game, and show some gameplay footage in this clip. More gameplay here.

Transistor (Gameplay)

Transistor (Gameplay)

Supergiant Games builds on the success of Bastion with their next game, Transistor. It’s an isometric RPG/platformer that offers both real-time and turn-based battle styles, as well as the sweet art of Supergiant’s Jen Zee.

Spate

Spate

A visually spectactular 2.5D platformer being developed with a unique steampunk aesthetic. Game artist Eric Provan is currently raising funds for completion of the game on Kickstarter.

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Guacamelee! (Trailer)

Guacamelee! (Trailer)

This upcoming beat-em-up/platformer features wonderfully stylized graphics, a great soundtrack, and the ability for its luchador protagonist to alter the environment. Plus, Angry Rooster.

Rayman Origins (Trailer)

Rayman Origins (Trailer)
$50-$60  Buy Link Comment

Nintendo has Mario, Sega has Sonic and Ubisoft has Rayman. Now the limbless action platforming hero and his friends are back in beautifully-drawn 2D. The game drops on 11/15/2011.

Capsized (Trailer)

Capsized (Trailer)

Featuring beautifully illustrated environments, this new 2D side-scroller is headed to Xbox 360 and PC. IndieGames named it one of the top 10 to watch in 2011, and from the looks of it, we agree.

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy

With a name like Super Meat Boy would you expect anything less than a game loaded with spinning saws, flaming pits, killer spikes, a heroine named Bandage Girl and a villain called Doctor Fetus?

Prince of Persia TFS: New Powers

Prince of Persia TFS: New Powers
$30-$60  Buy Comment

Not satisfied with just bending time, Ubisoft added new elemental powers to the latest Prince of Persia game, including solidifying water, using wind as a weapon, and jumping off buildings long gone.

Modern Warfare 2D

Modern Warfare 2D

If you’re a fan of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and enjoy classic side-scrolling games, you owe it to yourself to download Call of Duty 6 – an action-packed fan-made 2D tribute to the game.

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