Simon from ClayClaim has made some incredible polymer clay sculptures based on video games. This time, he upgraded from a static diorama to a motion scene. He used clay and paper to craft a backdrop based on Sonic the Hedgehog’s Green Hill Zone, then attached a LEGO Technic motor and added a wheeled Sonic to run through the level.
This Nintendo Switch title takes 2D platforming action to the max. Super Mario Bros. Wonder is packed with crisp modern graphics, colorful environments, and lots of silly new enemies. And things get really wacky when you find a Wonder Seed. Play as your favorite character, or team up with friends in multiplayer mode. Drops 10.20.23.
The game QWOP challenged players to make a 2-dimensional figure walk using their keyboard to control its limbs. The 3D platformer Baby Steps takes this idea to the next level, asking gamers to move a character through a variety of challenging environments by controlling only his feet. Coming to PC and PS5 in 2024.
It’s hard to top the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for their sheer sense of speed, excitement, and iconic level design. Sonic Superstars aims to freshen up the 2D platform action with modern graphics, all-new zones, new Chaos Emerald powers, and the ability to play side-by-side with friends as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. Drops fall 2023.
This unique indie game from Extra Nice challenges players to move through an isometric 3D environment by moving and jumping only in the shadows. It combines elements of platformers and puzzle games with a unique line-art aesthetic. Coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.
Alawar Premium’s 2D action platformer features a cool, hand-painted animation style. Players take on the role of a three-armed bounty hunter on a mission to track down the galaxy’s most elusive fugitives and fight off their henchmen in fast-paced hack-and-slash combat. Add it to your Steam wishlist.
Game studio Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation are working on this co-op puzzle game that puts players in the roles of Karla and Kurt, two friends on the verge of expressing their love, but who lose their ability to speak. Each character and background will be hand-animated using traditional stop-motion techniques.
This co-op 3D platformer asks you and a friend to play a clashing human couple who are magically turned into dolls. The duo must work together to use their unique abilities and weapons to navigate life-size locations from their miniaturized perspectives. It drops 3.25.2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
Currrently available on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac, Darklight is an intense 2D-scrolling action platformer with impressive lighting and cool cyberpunk aesthetics. As you move through its dimly-lit industrial levels, you’ll encounter dangerous creatures who only appear under the light of your companion drone.
This upcoming action game drops players into a vivid digital world. Much like the plot of TRON, players find themselves inside of a mainframe computer, and must traverse their environment through a series of platforming, hacking, and intense combat sequences. Coming to Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC.
Crash Bandicoot is back, and not with a remaster of an old title, but a whole new game. With modern graphics, massive new worlds, new skills, and challenging new boss battles, the new Crash looks every bit as good as Ratchet & Clank now. Coming to PS4 on 10.2.20.
This platform puzzler puts players in the character of a rolling skull. Transform into three different shapes, each possessing different skills needed to navigate through its 18 levels and seven environments. You can even throw your own head when changing forms. Coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC 8.4.20.
This quirky platform puzzle game has two interesting constructs: 1) you can only jump twice in each level; and 2) you break one leg each time you jump. Azaan Lambkin’s submission to itch.io’s Finally Finish Something 2020 contest ironically has a bug that keeps some players from seeing the game’s ending.
Garrick Campsey’s cyberpunk-inspired 2D platformer Lazr introduces the use of simulated cloth into its environments, adding a unique design and gameplay element. The flexible materials are used to create swinging ladders, ropes, and nets for the game’s protagonist to climb on. Demo available here.
The young and adventurous purple dragon is back, and he’s all scaled up. Spyro Reignited Trilogy for PS4 and Xbox One includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, all with new 1080p graphics and improved controls. Drops 11/13/18.
YouTuber t.p. took animator Guy Collins‘ amazing Kaizo Trap video, and reworked it with a fresh electronica soundtrack that fits perfectly with the protagonist’s challenging journey into a platform video game world. Even if you’ve seen the original already, it’s worth a rewatch.
(PG-13: Language) A frenetic platformer that amps up the challenge to 11, as you take on wave after wave of killer soldiers, monsters, fireballs, and lightning bolts, all while dealing with moving cylindrical platforms beneath your feet. Supports local co-op for multiplayer fun.