Pictured above: Worshippers
As I mentioned in my previous release highlights article, last week was full of new games worthy of your attention. Here's five additional games that didn't make the original article.
After around a year in Early Access, the latest game by the developers of Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater has been released. Pit People takes The Behemoth's signature aesthetic and quirky humor to a post-apocalyptic world after a giant magical space bear has collided with the planet. This turn-based strategy game streamlines and simplifies the experience by not allowing you to directly control your units' actions. That might sound infuriating, but the game's mechanics are based around manipulating your units in ways that influence their actions. Multiplayer plays a fairly large role in the game, including the ability to play the entire campaign cooperatively and 2v2 arena matches. You can also find Pit People on Xbox One.
Big Boat Interactive
The original Battlezone was remastered back in 2016, and now its Battlezone 2's turn with Battlezone: Combat Commander. This rerelease keeps the core gameplay and story of this classic FPS/RTS hybrid intact, but features updated visuals, improved AI, restored online multiplayer with competitive and cooperative modes, and full Steam Workshop support. You can also find both remasters on the Humble Store and GOG.
Mulaka is a 3D adventure game inspired by the folklore of the Tarahumara tribe of northern Mexico. Cleanse your native land of a mysterious corruption as a Sukurúame, a traditional Tarahumara shaman and spiritual leader. Explore a colorful, low-poly world based on a mixture of real Mexican landscapes and the tribe's ancient mythology. Use shamanistic magic to transform into animal deities to fight enemies, solve puzzles, and traverse the environment. Mulaka is also available on the Humble Store, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Vagante is a 2D action roguelite platformer that exited Early Access a few weeks back. Explore a procedurally generated cave network packed with monsters, traps, and magical artifacts waiting to be recovered. You can play the entire game alone or with up to three friends in both local and online co-op. Vagante is also on the Humble Store.
Another recent roguelite action-adventure to hit Steam is Heroes of Hammerwatch, the sequel to 2013's Hammerwatch. Like Vagante, Heroes of Hammerwatch allows you and up to three friends to battle your way through procedurally generated dungeons in search of enchanted items and other loot. Spend your newly-acquired wealth on improvements to the town center to give your party various buffs for future expeditions. Heroes of Hammerwatch is also available on the Humble Store and GOG.
Finally we come to Worshippers, a 4X-lite inspired by popular strategy board games. Control a small tribe of warriors in a low-magic fantasy world based on Slavic folklore as you attempt to expand your god's influence and convert new worshippers to your religion. Your units and upgrades come in the form of cards that you'll collect during each session, adding an element of deckbuilding to every scenario. Worshippers is designed with quick sessions in mind, with the average scenario only taking about half an hour to complete.
Which of these games caught your attention?