Starbound ancient ruins screenshot

If you're looking for a reason to revisit Starbound, the latest 1.4 update might be just what you're looking for. The aptly named Bounty Hunter update brings with it numerous procedurally-generated quests that will task you with hunting down the worst scum of the universe, a whole bunch of new monster variants, new mini-dungeons, new furniture, and the list goes on.

You can get a pretty good idea of what all this looks like in-game, as well as what the bounty quests have to offer, through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander:

Enter the Gungeon official artwork without logo

If you're a fan of action-focused roguelikes with plenty of ridiculous combos to experiment with, you might be glad to hear that Enter the Gungeon is now entirely free to grab. Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, log into your account, and you'll be able to claim your copy in no time.

The one catch, as always, is that the promotion will only last for two weeks. As such, make sure to grab your copy before Enter the Gungeon goes away on June 20th. You don't even need to install it, just add it to your account and you're good to go.

Kingdom: New Lands player character riding a giant moose

[Update]: The next freebie game has now arrived - it's the excellent action-focused roguelike Enter the Gungeon!

As announced a little while back, the Epic Games Store will be giving away a new game every two weeks for the entirely of 2019. The offer this time around, as you might imagine from the title alone, is the excellent management/strategy game Kingdom: New Lands.

In terms of pure gameplay, Kingdom: New Lands is all about establishing and then keeping your kingdom safe. You'll need to hire a whole bunch of workers and soldiers, construct layered defenses, and once night comes, do whatever you can to survive the onslaught of enemies that will be trying to steal everything you have that is or isn't nailed down.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair official artwork and logo

[Update]: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has now been pinned for an October 8th release date!

While Yooka-Laylee unfortunately didn't manage to reach the same levels of excellence as Banjo-Kazooie, it was still a pretty fun game and one that only got better with each subsequent update. With that in mind, I am very glad to say that the team behind it is now once again making a Yooka-Laylee platformer, though with a bit of a twist!

Instead of Yooka-Laylee 2, Playtonic has now announced a seemingly Donkey Kong inspired 2D platformer called Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair! Here's a brief trailer showcasing just what it's all about:

Celeste official artwork without the logo

[Update]: Celeste's free Chapter 9 update has now arrived with over 100 new levels, and they're pretty good!

Back in 2018, the developers behind the excellent indie platformer Celeste announced that they will be releasing a bunch of new levels in early 2019 to celebrate their 500,000 copies sold milestone. As you're hopefully well aware, early 2019 has come and gone, but the free update has yet to appear.

Thankfully, this is not because of any behind-the-scenes problems, but rather because the developers have greatly increased the scope of the update. Instead of just a couple of new levels to say goodbye to Celeste, the upcoming update has now ballooned in size to over 100 new levels!

Official artwork for the Journey game

Journey was originally a PlayStation 3 exclusive that released all the way back in 2012. As you might expect from the name alone, it was an exploration-focused adventure that was all about navigating a truly gorgeous world, taking in the sights, and slowly but surely piecing together the overall story. A relatively simple formula, but that didn't stop Journey from becoming a massive success from the moment it launched!

With that in mind, I am very happy to say that Journey will finally be coming to PC later this week, on June 6th. Here's what you can expect to see:

Gato Roboto official artwork with logo

As you might imagine from the name alone, Gato Roboto stars a cuddly little cat piloting a heavily armored mech through a variety of simple yet stylish environments. When it comes to the actual gameplay, Gato Roboto is a Metroidvania that will have you cleave your way through hordes of enemies in search of upgrades and secrets, all of which will then further enable you to blast away at even more baddies. 

Since gameplay is king for any sort of Metroidvania game, allow me to share with you the recently posted launch trailer. It should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect: