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.

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  • 30.

    Rayman Fiesta Run

    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. Thanks to a reinvention and the UbiArt engine, Rayman has never been more beloved.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 29.

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Another high-quality first-party title for the Wii U. While the rest of the console world busies itself with intensely 'cinematic' gaming on beastly next-gen machines, Nintendo seems more than happy to live in the past, constantly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 28.

    LittleBigPlanet 3

    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. LittleBigPlanet is a strange beast. I've now finished six games starring Sony's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PS3

  • 27.

    Super Mario Maker

    Super Mario Maker is a fantastic creation tool. Just don't expect it to be much more than that. You are not Shigeru Miyamoto. If for some reason you always wanted proof that was true, Super Mario Maker is the game you need.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 26.

    Ratchet & Clank (2016)

    Ratchet & Clank is a gorgeous remake done right in a series that rarely puts a foot wrong. Easily recommended. I've always loved Ratchet & Clank games. You can use that statement to instantly write off the following opinion... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 25.


    Whether you own an Xbox, PlayStation 2 or PC, you'd be doing Tim Schafer and the whole team at Double Fine Productions a huge disservice if this wasn't part of your collection. Few games go through four years of development... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox, PS2, PC

  • 24.

    New Super Mario Bros.

    New Super Mario Bros. treads the retro platformer line beautifully, adding just enough originality and imagination to the mix. Mario has done a lot in more than 25 years worth of gaming. When he wasn't jumping and stomping... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 23.

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

    Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2 is a brilliant game, and one that is an absolute must for all DS owners. Quite simply: if you've got a DS, get this! Whatever happened to good old fashioned crime and punishment, eh? You've done a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 22.

    Super Paper Mario

    Super Paper Mario is a well-rounded adventure with some truly ingenious puzzles and highly enjoyable gameplay, packaged with a surprisingly rich story to unearth. Super Mario Galaxy may still be a few months away, but that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 21.

    Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber

    Jungle Climber is a DS title that's going to keep handheld owners hooked for quite some time to come. This is though, another definite winner from the big N. For me, Nintendo could do no wrong. And then they released the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 20.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    In the hands of anyone who's been longing for a true sequel to Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy could well be the game of the year, but it's nowhere near as revolutionary as Mario 64. A true new Super Mario game is something... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 19.


    As it stands LittleBigPlanet is an entertaining platfomer, highly polished training tool and potential gateway to greatness. We're hoping it will end up being much more. There's a feeling that an awful lot is riding on LittleBigPlanet.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 18.


    With brilliant use of the touch screen, cute visuals and perfect pick up and play gameplay, Sway is currently one of the best games you can get for your iPhone. New platforms always seem to have defining games, whether it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 17.

    Splosion Man

    'Splosion Man is a remarkably simple idea that's been turned into a truly devilish platform puzzler, and it's full of charm and humour without coming across as cheesy. Downloadable games can generally try something a bit... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 16.

    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Spell-bindingly beautiful, packed full of wonderfully designed characters, and an eerie yet entrancing atmosphere that forces its way under your skin. It's easy to think of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, the sequel to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 15.


    LittleBigPlanet on PSP is flawed in places, but it's still one of the PSP's best games and an absolutely essential purchase. Rumours about LittleBigPlanet for the PSP emerged before the PS3 game even hit stores, so excited... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 14.

    Doodle Jump

    For a meagre price there's absolutely no reason why Doodle Jump should be overlooked. The App Store has provided a plethora of premium games, ranging from NBA Live and Madden to Ace Combat and Need for Speed. While these... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 13.

    Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy is bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. Super Meat Boy is one of the reasons I play video games. It's bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. This retro-revival darling immediately... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii

  • 12.

    LittleBigPlanet 2

    LittleBigPlanet 2 is a fun, more accessible sequel that entertains from start to finish with a flurry of creative new ideas. LittleBigPlanet was meant to be the game that got everyone playing together. It was supposed to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 11.

    Kirby's Epic Yarn

    One of the most creative examples of casual gaming. I write this as someone who is immune to twee. The tedious, contrarian part of my brain sees cute and screams: It's a PLOY. I look at those adverts with talking cats and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 10.


    Cordy is a a beautiful 2D platformer with 3D visuals and a slight LittleBigPlanet feel. For £1.49 it's an absolute must buy. Platformers aren't rare on the App Store, but I've struggled to find one that I really clicked with.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 9.

    Super Mario 3D Land

    Super Mario 3D Land is a step back and a leap forward. As a gateway drug for those reluctant to embrace Mario in three dimensions, the game should be a huge success. When you've conquered the galaxy twice, where do you go... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 8.

    Beat Sneak Bandit

    Even if you're a bit rubbish at Beat Sneak Bandit, it's impossible not to fall in love with this funky little number. The hardest thing about Simogo's new game is that every movement must be made to the tick-tock beat of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 7.

    Luigi's Mansion 2

    A few minor missteps don't manage to detract from what is one of the best games on the system. Being the less recognised half of a duo is tough. What do you do when your brother suffers from a mega case of short-man syndrome... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 6.


    Good ideas, brilliantly executed, this is one of the year's best games. Gunpoint begins with two adjacent buildings, cross-sectioned and zoomed out, the whole scene visible. Smooth jazz is backed by ambient rainfall when,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    Super Mario 3D World

    The game that deserves to sell Wii Us the world over... A major and fair criticism of recent Mario games has been their inclination to keep things rather familiar. Whereas Galaxy introduced new ideas, the likes of New Super... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 4.

    Ori and the Blind Forest

    The extreme highs carry Ori and the Blind Forest through to greatness if not quite flawlessness. Rarely is a game able to be so devilish in its gameplay yet so touching in its story. My heart was pounding like I'd just ran... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One, PC

  • 3.

    Axiom Verge

    Whereas many modern takes on classic retro genres fall foul of style over substance, this has been built with such skill that it doesn't need to rely on our annoying fondness of the past to impress. Confession time: I've... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 2.

    Tearaway Unfolded

    Unfolded ranks as one of the best remasters released, exhibiting a clear sense of love of the property that simply isn't seen when many older games arrive on new systems. If you didn't know already, I don't think you'd tweak... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 1.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Even though this is a direct sequel, Nintendo has once again made Mario's planetoid adventures feel remarkably fresh and, somehow, even more entertaining than those in the original. Can a direct sequel to one of the best... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii