Pictured above: Celeste
Last week was a bit of a wasteland for new releases, even by the usual Q1 release drought standards. Instead, I decided to combine a few releases from last week with the minor tidal wave we are going to be hit with over the next few days. Since several of these games come out next week, my caveat about this not being a recommendation list applies even more than usual. Make sure you check out user reviews and videos for more information about each game.
Nantucket is a narrative-focused strategy and management game set during the Golden Age of America's whaling industry. Set a few years after Herman Melville's classic novel, Nantucket places you in control of a whaling vessel and her crew on a quest to hunt down the legendary Moby Dick. Hunt whales and fend off pirates in a turn-based combat system as you sail across the high seas. Complete jobs to raise your prestige in the whaling industry, and upgrade your equipment to tackle larger operations. You can also find Nantucket on the Humble Store and GOG.
Damsel is a 2D action platformer that recently hit Early Access. You play as Damsel, a secret government agent tasked with hunting down vampires. Use a variety of movement tricks to quickly dash around levels and chain together kills for the best high score. The game currently features 25 missions in both the campaign and arcade modes, roughly a third of the content that will be in the full game. The developers expect the game to be in Early Access for about four months, and the current $10 price tag is a 50% discount off the game's final projected price range.
Unknown Worlds Entertainment
$24.99 (Price may increase)
After being in Early Access for a little over three years, the deep sea survival game Subnautica is finally getting its 1.0 release on the 23rd. Freely explore the oceans of an alien world as the lone survivor of a starship crash. Harvest resources so you can craft underwater dwellings, submersibles, and other equipment to fend off the world's aquatic predators. Uncover the secrets of the planet's abandoned structures and eventually find a way to escape your watery prison. Subnautica is also on the Humble Store, with PS4 and Xbox One versions coming soon.
Iconoclasts is a 2D action puzzle-platformer that has been in development by one person for around seven years now, and will be coming out the same day as Subnautica. You play as Robin, a renegade mechanic in a world where operating without a license is a severe crime. After escaping the wrath of Mother for her sins, Robin has embarked on a journey to fix her broken world and the people she cares about. Solve intricate puzzles, meet a colorful cast of characters, and overcome 20 massive boss fights. Iconoclasts will also be available on GOG, PS4, and Vita.
Tesla vs Lovecraft is the latest top-down twin stick shooter from the developers of the cult indie hits Crimsonland and Neon Chrome. Fight hordes of eldritch horrors as the famous eccentric inventor after they have been unleashed upon our world by H.P. Lovecraft's occult tomes. Use an arsenal of steampunk weapons like death rays, Quantum Teleportation Backpacks, and the gigantic Tesla-Mech. Other platforms you can find Tesla vs Lovecraft on include the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
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Finally, we come to the latest game by the developers behind TowerFall. Celeste is a 2D platformer about a young girl named Madeline trying to reach the top of the deadly Celeste Mountain on a personal journey of self-improvement. The game is bound to scratch anyone's itch for tight, brutal platformers with its simple and precise controls that you'll need to master if you hope to overcome the mountain's countless deathtraps. Celeste will also be on the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Which of these games are you excited to play?