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[Games Around the Corner] Week 36, 2021 - Platformers

This week is one for platformer games whether in a city colonised by animals, in a bizarre world of flesh, or in a castle full of monsters.

F.I.S.T: Forged In Shadow Torch

Developed by indie game studio TiGames, F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch is an arcade action platformer game set in the Torched City, which inhabits animals. Six years ago, a bunch of robots called the Machine Legion had invaded the city and oppressed the citizens. When his friend was arrested, Rayton couldn't stand it anymore as he reclaimed his mechanical fists and set on his journey to fight the robots and rescue his friend.

Playing as Rayton a retired rabbit soldier, players will explore the Metroidvania game world joining combats and solving puzzles in chambers, tunnels, and shortcuts. Players will be able to master three unique weapons - the Fist, the Drill, and the Whip - that can benefit them in long or short-range attacks in battles. Along the journey, players will meet several characters like the buffalo Morpheus (former commander of the resistance army), bear Uncle Joe (Rayton's best friend), rat Duke (the godfather of the rat mafia), and the cat Lady Q (who works for Duke).

F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch will be released on PS4, PS5, and Steam on 7 September.


First released last year, Struggling is a physics-based co-op platformer game in which players will be playing as Troy, an animated pile of flesh and lab escapee, as he embarks on an adventure across four distinct worlds. Players will be able to tackle enemies using Troy's oversized arms. "Manipulate each arm independently and latch onto literally anything you see, from suspicious levers to dangling eyeballs. Triumph over physics-based challenges, or get your arms ripped off in the process (don’t worry, they grow back)," the story description read.

Struggling will make its PS4 and Xbox One debut on 9 September.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites

BloodRayne Betrayal was originally released in 2011 as a 2D hack-and-slash platformer. Developer WayForward Technologies has worked on an enhanced version with the subtitle "Fresh Bites", featuring all-new voice acting. The new version will see "Laura Bailey and Troy Baker reprising their roles as Rayne and Kagan. Patrick Seitz and Todd Haberkorn are also featured as voice actors in the game, bringing more of its characters to life".

It will also offer higher resolution character sprites and up to 4K display support. There will also be new difficulty options for players to choose whether they want to engage in a more casual experience or tough challenges.

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites will launch on Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5 on 9 September. It will be available on Steam at a later date.


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