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Games: Sundered, Two Point Hospital, Dead Cells, Endhall, Grapple Force Rena

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  • Sundered to get a big free update this month, sounds pretty good

    Sundered, the metroidvania action-platform with some fantastic art is going to expand soon and the update will be free.

  • Two Point Hospital: Bigfoot DLC now available with new weird ailments

    Two Point Hospital has expanded already with the first DLC already available and it does sound pretty good.

    Despite some shortcomings, Two Point Hospital is a great game for those who aren't looking for something serious. I enjoyed it a lot and certainly even more with a recent update adding in the extra sandbox mode.

    The new Bigfoot DLC was announced and released at the same time, adding in multiple new ailments to cure like Barking Mad, Mechanical Metropolism, Reptilian Metropolism, Bard Flu, Knightmares and Monster Mishmash. There's also entirely new hospitals for you to run and new decorative items, so there's plenty on offer.

  • Dead Cells, one of my favourite releases this year has a major testing build up

    Dead Cells, the incredibly stylish action-platformer with a sprinkle of metroidvania elements to make up what they call a Roguevania has a new major build out for testing.

  • Endhall, a small and challenging roguelike that's good for quick runs

    HeartBeast Studios L.L.C. just released their "byte sized roguelike" for those with little time on their hands.

  • Action platformer 'Grapple Force Rena' will have you swinging off everything

    Grapple Force Rena from developer GalaxyTrail is a sweet action platformer where your magic bracelets allow you to hook into any surface. That includes enemies too, as you hook into them and throw them out of your way.

    The gameplay and style is very reminiscent of early platformers we might have seen on something like the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), it feels like a genuinely decent throwback.

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