I’m sure there’s someone out there that’s tired of hearing about Metroidvanias, but I am not one of them. Axiom Verge has been in development by one-man show Tom Happ for quite some time now. Visually a cross between the NES / SNES Metroid games, with an inventory system reminiscent of A Link To The Past, and run and gun action like Contra, there’s very few games that pull off the look and feel of the ‘classic gaming’ part as well as Axiom Verge.
The game is trying for a happy medium, with as much focus on weaponry (20+ guns / tools currently) as exploration. Hulking bosses (that cause the screen to zoom out) will provide ample target practice for said guns, with upgrades to seek out in between fights to keep you on their level. Development is coming along slowly but surely, and there’s the potential this game slips to 2014, though regardless of the final release date, it will undoubtedly be worth the wait.
Axiom Verge is tentatively scheduled to hit XBLIG by year’s end. To keep up with the developer’s progress, follow his blog here.