Top Platform Games of All Time
Who would have thought that running along a platform and occasionally jumping over a gap in the floor, or jumping on top of an enemy would prove so popular, for so long.
The platform game genre can be traced back to Super Mario, who's still going strong today with the amazing Super Mario 3D World. However, there has certainly been contenders to the crown. SEGA mascot Sonic the Hedgehog is without doubt Mario's arch rival – or at least he was back in the day – but you've also got Crash Bandicoot, James Pond, Croc, Bubsy the Bobcat, Blinx, Jumping Flash and Sackboy. OK, so some of those titles weren't exactly classics, but you can see there's been a few names thrown into the mix in the hope of picking off the same tree from which Nintendo feeds.
More recently the indie game scene has given rise to a new breed of platformer. We're talking about Braid, Limbo, Mr Winterbottom and Super Meat Boy to name just four. It's possible that the indie scene will be where most innovation in the genre continues to be found.
Despite the occasional glimpse of dollar signs in its publisher's eyes, Skylanders Giants is that rarest of beasts: a kids' game that's very, very easy for adults to like.
New Super Mario Bros. U is a fantastic game hindered by a disappointing opening act.
Lego Lord of the Rings is still a huge success that's wonderfully adorable and an absolute delight to play.
BattleBlock Theater is here to do for puzzle platforming what Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers did for side-scrolling combat.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a fine throwback to yesteryear, lovingly brought forward to stand alongside its modern siblings.
Proves just how smart and ahead of the pack Nintendo are with level design and gameplay.
Nasty, smart, and addictive, this is perfect for Vita.
The UbiArt engine continues to shine and Fiesta Run is an excellent addition to it, but a third mobile game will need to do something new.
Another high-quality first-party title for the Wii U.
LBP3 reaches new highs for the series by delivering some of the best levels and gameplay yet seen, but also disappoints with a fleeting campaign.