Video games are an art form and just like art, they come in all sorts of forms. From simple line sketches to anime, cartoons, hyper-realism. There are so many different forms of art in video games, but if you go back you’ll find that it all began with the pixel. The 8-bit and 16-bit pixel games is where gaming began but now it’s used more for its retro aesthetic. Whether you love pixel art for the nostalgia or you just like the look of it, I think we can all agree the genre isn’t going anywhere soon.
Pixel art has evolved over the years from the top down 2D Legend of Zelda days. They’ve gotten more complex but still retain their pixel beauty – games like Hyper Light Drifter, Undertale and Dead Cells really showcase the power of the humble pixel. Now we want to showcase 10 upcoming pixel art games coming up that you’re not going to want to miss out on!
Eldest Souls by Fallen Flag Studio
Release Date: Q2 2021
Eldest Souls has you playing as a lone knight battling a series of ancient Gods who have escaped their prison. Touted as a “pixel-art boss-rush game” it looks to be a fast-paced dark fantasy hack-and-slash. Fight your way up the vast, forgotten Citadel of the Old Gods and be rewarded with untold power. Each God’s death will grant you their power, blessing you with talents and abilities. In the citadel, there aren’t just the Old Gods but there are NPCs to converse with and quests to undertake. Not to mention that the Citadel holds more than a few mysteries of its own.
Platforms: PlayStation 5 / 4. Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam
No Place For Bravery by Glitch Factory
Release Date: September 12th 2021
No Place For Bravery is a top down action-RPG that features fast-paced, punishing combat. Following the journey of Thorn, an old retired warrior plagued by nightmares. He stumbles on an opportunity for redemption one day after finding clues to his daughter’s disappearance from long ago. With the company of his disabled foster son, Phid, it will be up to the player to decide how far Thorn will go, not only to rescue his daughter but also to fulfill his ambitions. No Place For Bravery is a deep tale full of moral dilemmas and personal reflections.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam
Chinatown Detective Agency by General Interactive
Release Date: Summer 2021
We’ve covered Chinatown Detective Agency over the years and I’m still no less excited about it! A point and click cybernoir adventure, you play as Amira Darma, an ex-INTERPOL agent with a PI agency in Singapore’s Chinatown. The future is full of harsh glowing neon lights and a gritty narrative that teeters on the edge of chaos. As a detective, you’ll need to help your clients, travel the globe and untangle a web of conspiracies and plans that threaten to topple the country
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, Mac
A Space For The Unbound by Mojiken Studio
Release Date: September 2021
Mojiken Studio are both artists with the brush and the soul, telling beautiful stories steeped in culture that sing to your emotion. Their last few games She And The Light Bearer and When The Past Was Around were award-winning magnificent bouts in storytelling. Now they’re back with A Space For The Unbound a coming-of-age, slice-of-life adventure that touches on the themes of anxiety and depression. It tells the story of a relationship between a boy and a girl with supernatural powers. Set in a small town in the 90s rural Indonesia, A Space for The Unbound‘s free prologue chapter already has a 10/10 rating on Steam.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, Mac, Linux
Radio The Universe by 6E6E6E
Release Date: Winter 2021
Eight years after the game’s Kickstarter date Radio the Universe finally has an expected release date. Developed by a solo developer, he describes the game as “a minimalist sojourn through a vast city aeons beyond salvation”. From what we can see Radio the Universe looks great, but the plot is shrouded in mystery. The protagonist appears to be trapped, physically or spiritually or both, in a tower-like city that has been taken over by mechanoid enemies. It appears to be a fairly Souls-like open-world with strategic combat, boss battles and puzzles. Updates are slow going for this game but if you’d like to stay updated just wishlist them on Steam or follow them on Twitter.
Platform: PC – Steam