Out this week: SpongeBob: The Cosmic Shake, Deliver Us Mars, Fashion Police Squad, Rhythm Sprout, Age of Empires II, more

January’s new release energy carries into February, with a handful of notable new games due this week. Looking ahead for the rest of the month, highlights include Wild Hearts, Like a Dragon: Ishin, Atomic Heart, Wanted: Dead, Octopath Traveler II, and the PSVR2 – which launches with 32(!) titles.

This week, there’s THQ Nordic’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake – from the team that handled the excellent Battle for Bikini Bottom remake – sci-fi adventure Deliver Us Mars, a belated release of the zen-like PowerWash Simulator on PS4 and Switch (complete with new, free, Tomb Raider DLC) and the Xbox’s Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

The Xbox also gains retro shooter revival Metal Black S-Tribute (the PS4 and Switch versions were canned due to clashing with the Arcade Archives release,) along with ‘Game Preview’ releases of the medieval manuscript battler Inkulinati and the fast-paced FPS Roboquest.

Puzzle Bobble S-Tribute is still on track for all formats.

Then there’s the cartoony rhythm actioner Rhythm Sprout, humorous retro FPS Fashion Police Squad, and Albacete Warrior – a pixel art brawler set in 3D locations, starring a Spanish ninja and his feisty chicken.

Some belated conversions are also on the agenda, with the PS5’s open-world adventure The Pathless making the jump to Xbox and Switch, and Football Manager 2023 Console coming home to PS4.

The Evercade sees a new release too – Indie Heroes Cartridge 2 includes twelve titles, including Tapeworm Disco Puzzle, Beer Slinger, Reknum Souls Adventure, and Yeah Yeah Beebiss II – a faux sequel to an NES game that likely didn’t exist.

New release trailers

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

The Pathless 

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition


PowerWash Simulator: Tomb Raider Special Pack

Deliver Us Mars 

Fashion Police Squad 

Exitman Deluxe

Albacete Warrior

Puzzle Bobble 2X Arcade Edition & Puzzle Bobble 3 S-Tribute

Rhythm Sprout



Cuddly Forest Friends

Evercade – Indie Heroes Collection 2 

New multiformat releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
  • PowerWash Simulator: Tomb Raider Special Pack
  • ExitMan Deluxe
  • Puzzle Bobble S-Tribute
  • Deliver Us Mars
  • Fashion Police Squad
  • Rhythm Sprout
  • Albacete Warrior
  • BackFirewall 
  • Speedway Racing

New on PSN

  • PowerWash Simulator
  • We Were Here Forever
  • SEASON: A letter to the future
  • Football Manager 2023 Console
  • Active DBG: Brave’s Rage
  • Speed Truck Racing
  • Helvetii
  • Delirium

New on Xbox Store

  • The Pathless
  • Metal Black S-Tribute
  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
  • Roboquest (Game Preview)
  • Inkulinati (Game Preview)
  • ReactorX2
  • Heirs of the Kings

New Switch retail releases

eShop round-up coming Thursday

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
  • Cuddly Forest Friends


  • Evercade Indie Heroes Cartridge 2

Next week: Hogwarts Legacy, Prison Tycoon: Under New Management, Touchdown Pinball, Repentant, Bumblebee – Little Bee Adventure, The Redress of Mira, and Raiden IV x Mikado Remix.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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