Dragon’s CrownThe developers from Vanillaware have created a side-scroller RPG with incredibly beautiful animations. They have intertwined traditional fantasy motives with loveable heroes and stunning imagery. All that together gave us an epic action-packed adventure, where every cutscene is nothing short of a Hollywood masterpiece. Characters, monsters, locations, and even simple objects in Dragon’s Crown are made with respect to classic games and books (e.g., Conan the Barbarian).
ProdeusPixel art is what you expect to see in classic 2D platformers and old isometric games from the SNES era. But today, developers can use this art style in other genres as well. Meet Prodeus, a first-person shooter with pixel graphics right from the ‘90s. If you love old-school shooters, you will be delighted to meet the same gunplay and level design in this game. Not many FPSs bring back that distilled nostalgia today. The devs from Bounding Box Software made a smart choice and included a wide range of graphic settings to let everyone tune the game’s visuals according to their taste.
TerrariaThis game draws a lot of inspiration from Minecraft but throws in many other good features from well-known games. As a result, you get an action-adventure game with open-world, sandbox, and platformer features. So if you love platformers, you are in for a treat. To succeed in Terraria, you must be efficient with many movement tools and learn how to avoid enemy attacks. It is going to be hard but mainly due to constantly being distracted by gorgeous 2D art in each and every zone.
BraidThe surrounding world in Braid pleases the eye with colorful imagery that shimmers with different shades and tones. The melodic music harmoniously complements the juicy picture. Braid does not spell primitivism as many other platformers do. Two-dimensional art here works perfectly, and with any added depth, the game would lose a hefty chunk of its magic.