Source of Madness official artwork and logo

[Update]: Source of Madness has now been unleashed, and it's a fun though flawed experience.

While randomized locations and enemy placements are a common sight in roguelite games, Source of Madness has decided to push things to the absolute extreme. Not only are the locations procedurally generated and rendered in a bizarre AI-assisted art style, but the monsters themselves are also randomly created and animated using a neural network!

The end result is a complete and utter nightmare of a world, which as you might imagine, works really well with Source of Madness' Lovecraftian themes. Since words alone can't really do the concept justice, allow me to share with you the recently posted trailer. Have a peek, it's quite the sight to behold:

Forgive Me Father game screenshot of a giant boss fight

If you're a fan of 'boomer' shooters and the idea of smashing through hordes upon hordes of mutated fishmen and other Lovecraftian monstrosities sounds like a jolly good time, you might want to check out the freshly released Forgive Me Father. Expect to see a variety of high-powered weapons, moody levels with plenty of secrets to uncover, as well as a madness system that changes up both the visuals and the gameplay.

Rather than yammer on, allow me to share with you the launch trailer. It should give you a pretty good idea of just what Forgive Me Father is all about. Have a peek:

Rogue Legacy 2 artwork and logo

[Update]: Rogue Legacy 2 has now been unleashed, and so far it's looking quite good!

It has taken nearly two years and a whole bunch of updates to get here, but the roguelite action-adventure Rogue Legacy 2 is now almost ready to be unleashed! You can expect to see it arrive on April 28th, 2022 alongside a chunky update.

While the exact details are still shrouded in mystery, version 1.0 will bring with it an action-packed ending sequence that culminates with a big ol' boss fight, as well as a bunch of new and reworked stories to explore. You can also expect to see improved localization, a few bits and pieces of additional content outside of the end-game, and naturally, quite a few quality-of-life changes and optimizations.

Vampire Survivors official artwork and logo

[Update #2]: Vampire Survivors' May 2022 update has added an in-game shop, a trippy boss fight, and many secrets.

[Update]: Vampire Survivors new update has weaponized cats and finally added the gameplay-altering Arcanas.

While Hyper mode helps keeps things nice and interesting throughout the entire run, it sadly doesn't speed up the actual game in any way. So if you don't have 30 minutes to spare for a full run, you're pretty much out of luck.

Thankfully, the freshly released Update 0.4.2 has finally added an alternative - the Hurry mode! It essentially makes the in-game clock tick twice as fast, which means that not only will enemies cycle more frequently, but the whole run will only last 15 minutes in total. It's both convenient and decently challenging, so I have a feeling it's going to be my default mode moving forward.

Rivals of Aether 2 gameplay screenshot of a character getting slammed

If you're a fan of the indie platform-fighter Rivals of Aether, I come bearing some good and bad news. The good news is that Aether Studios have just revealed Rivals of Aether 2 which aims to not only expand and greatly improve upon the original's formula, but also take it into a 3D direction!

As for the bad news, well... that would be the release date. Rivals of Aether 2 is currently pinned for a 2024 launch, though even that doesn't appear to be set in stone. But no matter what happens, it looks like we'll still have to wait for quite a while before getting a chance to dive in.

Dungeons of Aether official artwork and logo

Set in the same universe as Rivals of Aether, the upcoming Dungeons of Aether is a roguelite dungeon crawler that will follow the stories of four heroes, each with their own unique skills, playstlyes and personalities. Most interestingly, despite the combat being turn-based and centered around dice rolls, it doesn't look like luck will be much of a factor.

The reason I say this is because Dungeons of Aether will use a dice drafting system. So regardless of the pool of dice you have available you'll always be able to pull off some sort of strategy. This does also apply to your opponents as well, so I'm quite curious to see how Dungeons of Aether will balance everything out.

Superfuse official artwork and logo

If you're looking for another ARPG to throw into the rotation, you might want to keep an eye on the freshly announced Superfuse. To put it simply, it's a superhero-based hack & slash that will have you rampage across a myriad of procedurally generated levels with five different character classes, hoard a seemingly endless supply of loot with randomized stats, and explore a fully voiced campaign in either singleplayer or co-op.

Most importantly, each class will have multiple superpowers to choose from, as well as a deep and expansive skill tree to dive into. So as long as everything ends up being somewhat balanced, Superfuse should support a wide variety of playstyles, which is always a positive for an ARPG.

Crowns and Pawns official artwork and logo

[Update]: Crowns and Pawns has now arrived, and with quite a few tricky puzzles in tow!

Inspired by classics like Broken Sword and Syberia, Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit is an upcoming point & click puzzle-adventure. As you might imagine from that description alone, Crowns and Pawns will task you with solving a wide variety of tricky puzzles as you attempt to unravel a grand mystery, all the while letting you chat up a variety of strange and interesting characters.

In an interesting little twist, Crowns and Pawns will also give you the ability to customize your character from head to toe. However, instead of this simply being cosmetic, the different appearances will factor into the puzzles and how people respond to you. A pretty neat idea, I must admit!

Midnight Ghost Hunt screenshot of a ghost being captured

Midnight Ghost Hunt is a 4v4 hide-and-seek game where a team of hunters must scour a variety of haunted locations in order to destroy all of the ghosts. Should they fail and the clock strikes midnight, the tables will turn and the hunters will need to survive the onslaught of vengeful spirits while waiting for rescue to arrive.

In order to make things interesting the ghosts are able to not only use traps and misdirection to mess with the hunters, but also posses objects in order to hide in plain sight. The hunters on the other hand have a technological advantage, and with it a variety of handy gadgets they can use to sniff out the ghosts wherever they might be hiding.

Dead Cells official artwork for the Break the Bank update

It has only been a little while since The Queen & the Sea DLC brought in a bunch of new content to explore, and already the Dead Cells team has returned with more. Best of all, this time around everything is entirely free!

So thanks to the freshly released Break the Bank update you can expect to see the titular Bank as a blinged-out new biome, 3 new gold-based enemies to smash, 3 new gold-based weapons to do the smashing with, and naturally, 3 new gold-based mutations to help round everything out. What all this gold looks like in action, however, that you can find out through the recent trailer. Have a peek: