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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    Super Mario Maker Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

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    Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Super Mario Maker 3DS Review

    Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    Super Mario Maker for 3DS is a perfect fit for the handheld, with loads of content and excellent creation tools, but why can't you share levels online? That decision is baffling. Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't have online level sharing, and that's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Cuphead review

    Cuphead

    There's definitely a point where it all becomes a bit too much, but Cuphead will best most games in how it looks and sounds, and defeating that boss that you once deemed unbeatable is glorious. Cuphead is difficult. Phew. I’ve said it — we can all relax now. It’s a game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One

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    Psychonauts

    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 and two publishers, and come... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 2,PC,PlayStation 4,Xbox

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    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    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 doesn't mean you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii,GameCube

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    Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber Review

    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 Wii. Say what... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Super Mario Galaxy Review

    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 we don't get all that often - in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

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    Sway Review

    Sway

    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 the original... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    Splosion Man Review

    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 different to the norm... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Review

    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 last... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,Wii

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    LittleBigPlanet Review

    LittleBigPlanet

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP,PlayStation 3,PSP,PlayStation 3

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    Doodle Jump Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    Super Meat Boy Review

    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,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PC,PlayStation 4,PS Vita,Nintendo Switch,Wii U,Android

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    LittleBigPlanet 2 Review

    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.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PS Vita

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    Kirby's Epic Yarn Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

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    Cordy Review

    Cordy

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    Super Mario 3D Land Review

    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 next? The universe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Beat Sneak Bandit Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    Luigi's Mansion 2 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Super Mario 3D World Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

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    Ori and the Blind Forest Review

    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 to catch the last bus home. A... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,PC

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    Axiom Verge Review

    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 never played a 2D Metroid game. I've only even played... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC,Wii U,Nintendo Switch,PS Vita

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    Tearaway Unfolded Review

    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 that Tearaway Unfolded... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Little Nightmares Review

    Little Nightmares

    Little Nightmares is frightening, in a way that gets under your skin. A way that whispers in your ear that you won't sleep well tonight. Little Nightmares takes things you were afraid of when you were a kid, and reminds you you're still afraid now. Little Nightmares is frightening. Not in a jump scare way, like turning a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch,PC,PlayStation 4,Xbox One

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    Celeste review

    Celeste

    The challenging platforming and touching narrative of Celeste shape a surprise hit. In each of us, there’s this thing that chips away at our optimism, our... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC,Nintendo Switch,Xbox One

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    Super Mario Galaxy 2 Review

    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 platformers of all time have the same... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

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    Super Mario Odyssey review

    Super Mario Odyssey

    It's extraordinary, really, that after all this time a new Mario game can feel as fresh as any that preceded it. Cappy is a revelation, exploring Kingdoms is bliss, and Super Mario Odyssey is a masterpiece. One must evolve to maintain longevity. Nintendo has been mindful of that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch