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Neon Abyss is a roguelite action-platformer developed by Chinese studio Veewo Games and published by Team17 that was released on July 14, 2020 for the Play Station 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

You play as a new initiate of the "Grim Squad", a task force created by Hades to slay the New Gods, a pantheon of deities that are pastiches of pop culture fads, such as mobile videos, fast food and cryptocurrency. Its art style is very ostensibly inspired by a mixture of 1980s synthwave and neo-futuristic landscapes, and much like Enter the Gungeon, Rogue Legacy and Hades, allows you to collect currency to modify future runs by unlocking playable characters, items, vendors and secret rooms.

Tropes found in Neon Abyss include:

  • The Almighty Dollar: Block and Chain, the Gods of Bittercoin.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • In a similar vein to Enter the Gungeon, certain rooms have teleport stones that can be used to quickly traverse around the current level without having to backtrack through several rooms.
    • As in The Binding of Isaac, the treasure room on the first floor will always be unlocked, to accommodate for characters who don't start out with extra keys.
    • You automatically melee enemies with your knife if you're in close enough proximity to them without having to press a different button, preventing frustrations with aiming in close-quarters.
    • While some guns still have a cooldown reloading period before they can be used in short succession, all guns have Bottomless Magazines, giving players more leeway for missing shots.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Popcorn item turns all of your gun's bullets into explosive rounds. This can be devastating against most mooks and bosses and negates the need to use bombs on rock walls and containers, but unless you've picked up the Big Daddy item which gives you explosion immunity, you'll likely be caught in the blast radius of your shots fairly often, especially if you have familiars your bullets can hit on accident such as the Vibrant Ball.
  • Bottomless Magazines: No guns require ammunition, meaning they can be spammed to your heart's content, although some guns have to reload, signified by a short cooldown bar.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Filling a Violence meter up all the way unlocks a hidden room you can teleport to where you can exchange a Heart Container for a weapon or item.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Averted, Hades is your completely trustworthy patron. If anything, it's inverted, since most of the Managers turn out to be likely Modernized Gods who betrayed their brother for the sake of ruling the modern world.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: The New Gods themselves who are based on modern-day obsessions.
  • Food God: Parodied with McTucky and McFamily, the Gods of Fast Food.
  • Kill the God: The main premise. Kill the New Gods and most importantly the Managers.
  • The Modern Gods: The New Gods are based off modern obsessions, such as Tik and Tok being based off mobile video sharing apps.
    • Charlie and George are the Gods of Pills.
    • Tik and Tok are the Gods of Mobile Videos.
    • Sam and Sung are the Gods of Screens.
    • Johnny and Kimmy are the Gods of Idols.
    • Block and Chain are the Gods of Bittercoin.
    • Freddy and Tommy are the Gods of Plushies.
    • Hunt and Nick are the Gods of Racing.
    • Colt and Remington are the Gods of Guns.
    • McTucky and McFamily are the Gods of Fast Food.
    • Daniel and Phil are the Gods of Gambling.
    • There are also the Managers who very powerful New Gods and the end bosses of each zone. They are:
      • Argus, the God of Darknet
      • Hal, the God of Machines
      • Ares, the God of Violence
      • Zeus, the God of Electricity
      • Athena, the Goddess of Illusion
  • Modernized God: While it's unclear if they truly are manifestations of The Old Gods, there are Managers named Zeus, Ares and Athena, all sporting a more modern look and utilizing a mixture of spells and technology in their boss fights.
  • Odd Job Gods: The New Gods are these, based off of pop cultural influences such as mobile video sharing apps and pop star idols.