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Slayers for Hire is an upcoming platform fighter that features a unique cast of characters ranging from a baseball player to a dragon. Each character is designed to feel unique, with the dragon playing like a boss character. Currently in Early Access, plans for the game include a story mode and mod support. I recently had the chance to sit down with Meta Games founder Ryan Gilbrech to discuss the game’s inspirations, how some of…

Author’s note: Monster Crown has already received a patch that is supposed to fix a number of the issues I had during the critique. As you may know, I’ve been watching Monster Crown for some time now. I’ve played quite a few of the Pokemon games over the years and, now in my late 20s, a monster taming game with a darker tone and more complex breeding mechanics sounded like it was exactly what the…

Interviewer’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. The Underground King is an upcoming racing roguelike that is launching on Steam Early Access on July 16th. In it, you play as the manager of a racing team as you seek “glory and fortune” on an island that is obsessed with racing. Races play out in a side-scrolling manner and you can also explore the island through RPG-style events. I recently had a chance…

I was never all that into games like Trials. I’ve played several games in the series and enjoyed my time playing them, but it’s not a series that I play time and again. Despite that, Vandozer caught my attention immediately, not because of the titular Vandozer, but because of the G.O.A.T. Walker. It may share quite a bit in common with games like Trials, but it was clearly a very different sort of game. I…

Sky Knights is a new aerial MOBA that’s currently in Early Access. The game eschews much of the traditional MOBA format, but does retain a team-based nature featuring planes with varying roles, upgrades that are purchased during matches, and primary objectives. As players pilot planes, rather than take control of a specific character, it also features a much faster pace than more traditional MOBAs and a unique system of having to land properly at your…