Platform games

And let's keep it that way. None of that "heck" monkey business. Or Donkey Kong Frappuccinos.
That last trailer for Conker's arrival in Project Spark didn't go over so well. There was no getting around the disappointment of seeing a long abandoned (but never forgotten!) character return not in his own adventure, but ...
The newly remastered version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the grappling hook platformer which originally launched on the 3DS two years ago, will be making its way onto PS Vita on April 21. The remaster will feature updated gr...
Oddworld Inhabitants developer Lorne Lanning has confirmed that a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus is on its way. Talking in a recent Twitch stream, Lanning added that after speaking with fans of the platformer series during...
A few weeks back, we called attention to Ori and the Blind Forest giving a nod to a revered platformer: Super Meat Boy. Turns out that wasn't the only great platformer (or even the only "SMB") tucked away within the game...
The challenging, hand-drawn Aaru's Awakening is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 for the same $15 it launched at on PC. For PlayStation Plus subscribers, though, it's free off the bat. Conrad reviewed it positively, calling it, "A fine game which presents a grueling challenge...perfect for the player who thinks 2D platform games today just aren't difficult enough."
There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the ...
Mario's 30th anniversary is approaching and, thank goodness, so is Mario Maker. Nintendo announced a September release date during its Direct presentation today. Ever since I saw the kind of cruel, downright mean-spirited lev...
Are you a Wii U owner who picked up 1001 Spikes and has been disappointed with the inability to play the game entirely on the GamePad screen? Had you almost given up hope that the promised patch to bring that functionality wo...
“When in doubt, switch them out.” Sage-like advice, really. That’s what Mekazoo’s creative director Jarrett Slavin had to tell me to do when I showed obvious struggles playing his demo. I’m no st...
Back in 2013, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was released for the PC. It was received fairly well, and within the next year plans for a Wii U and 3DS version were announced. Unfortunately, they still haven't seen the l...
In its efforts to create a great platformer, Ori and the Blind Forest developer Moon Studios looked up to some of the all-time greats of the genre. Super Meat Boy is one of those classics. And, it's revered enough b...
SteamWorld Dig is worth investigating if you enjoy the super-fun drilling action of Mr. Driller but stink at the game or otherwise get overwhelmed before long. Image & Form is bringing its robotic Western adventure to yet...
While Splatoon's multiplayer was on display for all to see at E3 2014, the single-player campaign was fairly under wraps. We now know that it will be a completely separate affair from online play, complete with a full na...
At a recent event at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I was able to play Splatoon for the first time since E3 2014. It's come a long way since then, and Nintendo is particularly proud of what it...
Nintendo isn't exactly known for its online experiences. With the exception of a few recent titles like Mario Kart 8, the public is typically clamoring for some form of online support. Games like Mario Party 10 would pro...
Tasty? Yes. New? Depends how you look at it. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has been out on PC for a little bit now and on PS4 for even longer, but this remake hasn't finished making the rounds yet. Next up, Xbox One. Oddworld Inhab...
After finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, a heartfelt Metroidvania-style adventure for PC and Xbox One, I wondered just how the hell I managed to know so little about it going in. What a thrill. There were moments -- not mere...
When I learned that Netherlands-based Two Tribes Studios (Toki Tori & Toki Tori 2) was bringing its snazzy metal-wrecking, robot-hacking, twin-stick shooter RIVE to PAX East this year, I jumped at the...
Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, ...
Tembo the Badass Elephant, the newest game from Pokemon developer Game Freak, is a bit of a departure from what you might expect of the studio. Centered around Tembo, an elephant who seems to have taken a lot of his fashion c...
I often browse the Steam store for new releases that could be interesting, and was excited when I read Isbarah's description as a bullet hell platformer. I love bullet hell games and have played basically everything that...
Today at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased the first in-engine screenshots of Project Ukulele. Speaking at the event, the seven-man team of former Rare veterans said they were blown away by the fan response to their recently an...
There's not a lot of negative criticism that can be levied against Ori and the Blind Forest. It just does everything so well. Tight platforming, unique mechanics, a gorgeous aesthetic -- everything melds together to make an a...
Your eyes do not deceive! Tony Ponce is writing about Mega Man on the front page! I want to talk today about Mega Man Unlimited, the fan game I reviewed nearly two years ago that made me cry manly tears. You remember that tas...
Game Freak (Pokémon, Drill Dozer) and Sega (Sonic Runners, Sonic Boom) are collaborating on Tembo the Badass Elephant, a side-scrolling action game about a commando elephant who will seemingly level entire cities on h...
Ori and the Blind Forest may not be the most complicated metroidvania in the world, but there are a few tough decisions to make from time to time. Here are a few quick tips to ease you in.
Every so often I come across a game that just makes me smile. I mean, I play videogames almost daily because I have fun doing it, but certain titles have me grinning from ear to ear the entire journey for a myriad of different reasons. Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those games. It's just plain enjoyable from start to finish, and doesn't waste your time.
Hey Wii U owners. Does an action platformer that borrows heavily from Sonic the Hedgehog, but avoids those infuriating spike walls that punish you for going fast sound interesting? Then you might be interested to hear that&n...
Crash landing on an alien planet is the worst. There's hazardous flora, deadly fauna, and even rock formations that seem to have some sort of blood lust. That just piles on top of the existential crisis of being a robot with ...
A glance at Downwell's tricolor palette in still shots doesn't really do it justice. Watching it in motion gives a better idea what it does, but not until actually playing it does it all click. It is built around a simple mec...
Shovel Knight is on its way to Xbox One in April, and the Battletoads are coming along for the ride. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It ha...
I still go back to Azure Striker Gunvolt from time to time. It's an excellent little platformer and a wonderful ode to the Mega Man ZX series. Developer Inti Creates has just shared update 1.2 is on the way, set to debut...
There certainly have been a lot of creative 2D platform games releasing over the last couple of months, enough that there seems to be some genuine competition in the genre. If you're finding yourself in a position where it has become difficult to choose, allow me to make it easier.  Get Blackhole. Problem solved.
It has been a long time since the original Trine came out. Heck, in the years since Trine 2's release, the series has faded from the spotlight. Frozenbyte has still been at it, and it shows with this announcement trailer for...
Stealth Inc. 2 is making the move to other platforms -- a lot of other platforms, actually! Previously a Wii U exclusive, developer Curve Digital has announced that it will also arrive on the PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and PC ...
[Update: Famitsu has a quick look at a new character in the sequel. I hope it's Gunvolt in new duds.] Azure Striker Gunvolt was a fantastic platformer, and thankfully, the series isn't done yet. Inti Creates has con...
The PlayStation Vita and La-Mulana have long seemed like a good match, but it's taken some time for the two to hook up. Just kiss already! Rising Star Games and Pygmy Studio will have the "ultimate version" of this punishing ...
In a lot of ways, The Deer God is a love letter to nature. The idea was born from the developers' childhood memories of playing in the woods and seeing wild deer, and that admiration of the outdoors is quite apparent. The for...
Shovel Knight will release on PS4, Vita, and PS3 on April 21, Yacht Club Games just announced. The retro-style platformer is a part of Sony's "Spring Fever 2015" promotion and will launch at a special introductory price for P...