A rather clever N++ logo screenshot

The N series, to put it simply, is all about guiding your incredibly fast and acrobatic stick figure through numerous mazes and puzzles designed by the devil himself. It all starts off nice and easy, a couple of death traps here, a couple of turrets there, but 200 levels later you're going to be dodging 15 rocket turrets while bouncing your way across a particularly distorted piece of modern art.

All of that might sound like a complaint, but in reality its actually high praise given that I've spent well over 100 hours with N+ back when I was going through college and I still don't regret a single minute. With that in mind, I hope you can now understand why the imminent arrival of N++, the new and improved version, is such an exciting thing for me! And if you can't, here's a recent developer video showcasing the level editor and some of the gameplay:

Diluvion's exploration screenshot showing a giant crab

After playing Insomniac's Song of the Deep I acquired a bit of a taste for undersea exploration. Something that I've quickly come to regret once I've realized that the few games belonging to this genre are well over 10 years old... or just so bad they're better off left at the bottom of the ocean.

There is some hope on the horizon, however, as the recently announced Diluvion does appear to offer a hearty dosage of undersea exploration, and naturally, plenty of submarine on submarine combat as well. If this hasn't grabbed your attention just yet, then I would suggest you check out the announcement trailer as the gameplay is heavily inspired by the old school classic Freelancer. Here's the video:

The Little Acre screenshot showing off the hand drawn art

While I certainly enjoy games with mature storytelling and realistic characters, its a bit of a shame that ever since Telltale's The Walking Dead became a massive hit the entire adventure game genre turned all gritty and serious. A far cry from the ridiculousness of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and other such classics.

Thankfully, there are still games such as The Little Acre that remain unaffected. Instead of exploring the depths of the human psyche, The Little Acre is a charming, hand-drawn adventure that will task you with exploring strange worlds populated by bizarre, yet somehow still cute creatures. Here's the most recent trailer to hopefully give you an idea of what The Little Acre is all about:

Northgard screenshot showcasing a giant sword

Shiro Games, the developers behind the Evoland series, have recently announced their brand new project, a Viking-themed strategy game called Northgard. Throughout Northgard players will be expected to explore and conquer new lands, establish self-sustaining settlements, befriend or wage war against the rather colorful locals, and achieve ultimate victory through a variety of means (conquest, trading, culture, lore, etc.).

Since all of this is a bit too much to explain in words alone, here's the recently posted trailer to give you a better idea of what Northgard is all about:

Phantaruk is a sci-fi survival horror game

Phantaruk is an upcoming sci-fi survival horror that takes place in one of the most terrifying locations known to the genre - a derelict star ship. There is no room to hide, the utilitarian design leaves little room for cheerful scenery, you can't leave unless you've suddenly developed space-gills, and worst of all, there is no limit to the amount of monstrosities that might populate the darkest reaches of space.

Since simply talking about horror games is rarely an effective way of letting you know what its all about, here's the recent trailer to properly set the scene:

A robot screenshot from The Signal From Tolva

Big Robot, the UK studio behind Sir, You Are Being Hunter has recently announced their newest project - The Signal From Tölva. Given the studio's name and the amount of robots present in their previous game, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that The Signal From Tölva is going to be an open-world, sci-fi shooter filled with tons of robots, both big and small.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like and what sort of environments you'll be able to explore, the devs have also released an announcement trailer that, while brief on gameplay, showcases the world rather well. Have a look

screenshot of a bossfight from Slain: Back from Hell

Slain is a heavy metal inspired action-platformer that released back in March, but even though the art style and premise were beyond amazing, the game itself was flawed on nearly every front. The difficulty curve was lopsided, controls weren't as tight as you would except from a hack & slash, and the AI was easily exploitable which led to some rather repetitive gameplay.

While that would usually be the end of the story, the developers have instead decided to spend a couple of months reworking Slain from the ground up, as well as adding new features and bosses to play around with. The end result of all this hard work is Slain: Back from Hell, and if the recent reviews are to be believed, the rework has been a massive success! Here's the trailer to give you an idea of what the new Slain is all about:

Little King's Story PC screenshot

Little King's Story is an RTS/RPG hybrid that released for the Nintendo Wii 7 years ago, or a couple of centuries in Internet years given that it has been largely forgotten despite having overwhelmingly positive reviews from both the critics and the general public.

If all of that has now piqued your interest, and you've somehow skipped reading the title, you'll be glad to hear that Little King's Story is coming to the PC this week, on August 5th to be specific. Here's the recently posted PC trailer to hopefully give you an idea of what Little King's Story is all about and why it has garnered such reviews:

Rising Islands screenshot of a snow covered area

Rising Islands is an upcoming adventure game that will task you with combining high-speed movement, jumping, wallruning, and straight-up flying through the air in order to complete a series of challenges. To make things even more... interesting for the players, there is also a shifting mechanic that lets you move between dimensions and bypass obstacles that way.

The concept itself is fairly simple, but its a tricky one to describe adequately in words alone, so here's the recently posted gameplay trailer to give you a better idea of what Rising Islands is all about:

Battlecrew Space Pirates tiger and shark

For an indie company Dontnod seem to have no fear about branching into a whole variety of genres. They started out with a cyberpunk action-adventure (Remember Me), moved on to a time-warping narrative driven game about a bunch of teenage girls (Life is Strange), and are now working a serious, character focused RPG about vampires in old England (Vampyr).

If that wasn't already broad enough, their recently revealed Dontnod 11 studio is now working on Battlecrew Space Pirates, a competitive online shooter with plenty of cheesy humor and Awesomenauts inspired action. Since the whole thing is a bit off the rails, perhaps it would be best if you just look at the announcement video: