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Oh crap this game is awesome. Aces Wild is just the sort of game we don't get often from mainstream developers (unless you count stuff from Platinum Games) but it's the sort of thing that really, really deserves your attention and that's why it's on Steam's Greenlight service.
Surfing through some of the recent entries on Greenlight turned up this little side-scrolling gem called Aces Wild from developer Tyler Doak. The guy recently released the game to the public through his website back on August 8th, but he's decided to take the game to a larger platform and that's why it's on Greenlight... it's a good thing too, because otherwise this gem would have gone completely unnoticed by most of the game community, almost similar to stuff like Ragnarok Battle Offline or Little Fighters.
So what makes Aces Wild so cool? Well, it's a super-sexy side-scrolling fighting game and features anime-style power-ups, knock-arounds and combos. It's the kind of stuff you would expect from Naruto Shippuden or Dragon Ball Z. Check out the promo trailer below.
Man that is awesome.
The game features multiple, skill-based fighting styles and mechanics, so those of you out there who don't like being clubbed over the head with clumsy controls and you prefer your button mashing refined with an actual sense of required technique, Aces Wild delivers in spades, enough to make your heart content. Heck, this game is definitely a diamond in the rough.
In addition to panic attacks, wild counters, and rage, the game also sports a two player cooperative mode so that both players can unleash all sorts of dynamic rage on suspecting and unsuspecting foes.
Also, doesn't the main character look and fight a lot like Jackie Chan from the Jackie Chan cartoon series? Just saying. If you can't wait for this game to be greenlit (though you could certainly help by visiting the official Greenlight page) you can purchase Aces Wild right now from the official website.
Oh but we're not done yet. There's another game worth checking out on Greenlight as well... an iOS port called Shardlands. A new director's cut version of the game was released earlier in August and now the game has appeared on Greenlight and it's being optimized for PC, as well as having the controls modified to make the most use of the keyboard and mouse setup.
The game is a puzzle platformer that sees players platforming through Tetris-esque block contraptions while venturing throughout an alien world.
While the gameplay looks rather simple, the actual aesthetic and atmosphere are both very engaging. That's not to mention that the game has a pretty wicked sounding musical score; a bit of ambient synth fused with some electronic darkwave helps bring the game's world to life.
Considering that words are cheap, you can check out a video of Shardlands: Director's Cut below. If the game fits your fancy feel free to give the game an upvote or two or on the official Steam Greenlight page.