WayForward is publishing 2D cinematic pulp side-scroller LUNARK


WayForward has announced they’re publishing LUNARK, a cinematic pulp side-scroller from Canari Games for PC and consoles.

LUNARK is in development for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 with a release set for later in 2022. Limited Run Games is also prepping a physical release on Switch, PS4, and PS5.

Here’s a new trailer:

Here’s a rundown on the game:


A pulp adventure set in the midst of a rebellion against a totalitarian regime. LUNARK is a 2D cinematic platformer in the vein of the ’90s classics. Run, jump, and shoot your way through gorgeous and mysterious locations!


Long time ago, Earth became increasingly unsustainable. The most optimistic forecasts predicted that the human race could survive for just another 10 years. On the International Lunar Station, a group of scientists built NOAH: an artificial intelligence driven supercomputer whose sole directive was to save humanity. It came up with a solution: transform the Moon into a giant spaceship using its core as a reactor to transport millions of embryos to the nearest superhabitable planet. This operation was called the LUNARK initiative.

Today, Humans are about to celebrate the 300th anniversary of their arrival on their new homeworld: Albaryne. NOAH rules over the settlers with its droid army, and LUNARK – in geostationary orbit over Albaryne – has become a symbol of oppression for a growing part of the population.

You play as Leo, a lonely young orphan with unique physical and physiological characteristics that arouse the curiosity – if not the hatred – of its fellow citizens. You’ll help him fulfill his destiny in the midst of a rebellion against LUNARK, and meet a wide cast of colorful characters, stuck on either side of the escalating conflict.


  • Single player game
  • 12 levels to explore
  • Colorful and minimalist pixelart style
  • Lots of contextual cinematic cutscenes using the rotoscoping technique
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