(starting with most recent)
Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Greg Lobanov)-The developer of Wandersong returns with an all-star team to deliver another great game with an interesting art mechanic, this one about drawing and painting to return color to a monochrome world.
Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Heliocentric Studios)-An indie title that takes the feel of classics like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and goes wild adding new elements.
Ikenfell (Happy Ray Games)-A turn-based RPG about students investigating mysteries at a school for magic, Ikenfell is a leading candidate for my favorite game I've played in 2021.
Monster Sanctuary (Moi Rai Games)-A monster collecting game set in a Metroidvania world, and built around a fairly complex battle system.
3D Platformer Round-Up-A look at a variety of interesting, smaller-name 3D platformers, including Poi (PolyKid Games), Regina & Mac (Diplodocus Games), Evo\Wave (MagnaVex Entertainment), and Macbat 64 (Siactro).
Phoenotopia: Awakening (Cape Cosmic)-A sprawling epic of a 2D platformer that sees you guiding a young girl through the post-post-apocalypse in search of the members of her town, who suddenly vanished in the wake of a UFO appearance. Another largely-one-person effort.
Lenna’s Inception (Bytten Studio)-Probably my Game of the Year for 2020. A 2D Zelda-style roguelike that shuffles the map and dungeons every time you play it, telling the story of a schoolteacher trying to save her students from an otherworldly force that is slowly tearing apart her world.
Yooka-Laylee (Playtonic Games), plus A Hat in Time DLC levels (Gears for Breakfast)-The new Hat in Time levels make an already great game even better. Yooka-Laylee didn’t quite reach those heights, but it’s still a solid entry in the canon of 3D Platformers.
Murder by Numbers (Mediatonic)-A fun little detective visual novel starring a ‘90s TV detective moonlighting as a real detective and her amnesiac robot friend, where you find clues by solving picross puzzles.
Underhero (Paper Castle Games)-You play as a video game minion who has accidentally defeated the hero too early, and is now torn between listening to the hero’s talking sword, who’s pushing you to take up his mission, and your boss, the big bad, who seems to be planning more than he’s letting on. A fun platformer RPG, especially recommended for fans of the classic Paper Mario entries.
Super Mega Baseball 3 (Metalhead Software)-The new edition of my favorite baseball game right now, now with a franchise mode!A Fold Apart (Lightning Rod Games)-A cute little puzzle platformer that sees you guiding a long-distance couple through their relationship challenges made physical.
One Step from Eden (Thomas Moon Kang)-A roguelike, deckbuilding action game about colorful characters traversing an ambiguous apocalypse landscape that takes the long-discarded battle style of Megaman Battle Network and refines it to perfection.