What are 2D Platformer Games?

2D Platformers are platform games that only take place on the X (left and right) and Y (up and down) axes.


The earliest 2D platformers took place on a single static screen at a time. The screen only changed when you entered a new area or level. Scrolling platformers allow the screen to move with the character, either horizontally, vertically, or both. The earliest 2D platformers were arcade games like Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., and Bubble Bobble. Super Mario Bros. became the standard for 2D platformers and helped popularize the platforming genre.

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The starting screen and logo for Shovel Knight Dig

Guide

Having trouble making heads or tails while being so deep below the earth? We have the place to start with our Shovel Knight Dig starter guide.

Shovel Knight Dig header

Review

Shovel Knight Dig is the latest adventure starring the eponymous Shovel Knight. This time, he'll have to dig down and get to the bottom of the

shovel knight dig

Preview

Shovel Knight Dig brings both old and new ideas to the table, which is sure to please fans of this indie darling.

Four gang members looking menacing in Loopmancer

News

A new Loopmancer roadmap details content that's coming to the action roguelite soon, including a challenge mode and more.

News Tower, one of the two new projects announced by the newly-rebranded Asmodee Digital

News

Asmodee Digital has rebranded to Twin Sails Interactive and declared its intention to focus more on original content going forward.

Terraria 1.4.3 Update Console Mobile cover

News

Terraria Update 1.4.3 is out now, bringing the Don't Starve Together crossover content and more to PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Android, and

Sonic Origins delisting old Sonic games cover

News

A number of older Sonic the Hedgehog games will be delisted in May 2022, a month before the launch of Sonic Origins in June.

Imp of the Sun

Game Page

Imp of the Sun is a 2D action-platformer that combines fast-paced combat with a world that must be saved before it's plunged into darkness.

eiyuden chronicle rising

Preview

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising doesn't do a lot to make me interested in the world it's trying to setup for the upcoming Hundred Heroes title.

Dimensional crossroads.

Review

We can only wonder if there are other universes out there and how many there are... What Lies In The Multiverse is a cartoon adventure with a heart

Little Orpheus Main Logo

Review

Despite branching out to a traditional genre, the chief concern with The Chinese Room's latest is gameplay yet again. Instead of getting into an

Hoa Key Art

Game Page

From indie developer, Skrollcat Studio is a brand new, humble little platformer game, Hoa.

Hoa promo image

Review

Skrollcat Studios' Hoa is full of childlike wonder and delightful sights, but comes up short in limited levels and a short run time.

Greak Memories of Azur Key Art

Game Page

Play a gorgeous-looking, side-scrolling adventure with Greak: Memories of Azur, by indie developer Navegante Entertainment. 

Triple Threat!

Review

A lot of games revolve around the bonds between siblings and Greak: Memories Of Azur makes gameplay out of it. Guide the siblings Greak, Adara and

Jungle Book

News

Disney Classic Games already has Aladdin and The Lion King, but it looks like the Jungle Book is about to be available as DLC

30XX Key Art

Game Page

The year is 30XX, and you are now awake with a synthetic mind and a human race that's lost the will to reach the stars.

Nina standing next to the game's title

Preview

30XX is now on Early Access and the current build is stellar, mixing together the fluidity of an action platformer with roguelike elements admirably.

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 Key Art

Game Page

Inti Creates returns with another entry in their Bloodstained series with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. 

Foregone Key Art

Game Page

Get ready for a fast and fluid 2D-action platformer with Foregone, from indie developer Big Blue Bubble. 

LUNARK demo crystal

Preview

Run and tumble through the future in Lunark, an upcoming indie 2D sci-fi platformer with gorgeous retro graphics.

LUNARK Crystal Preview

Game Page

Lunark is a 2D platformer with retro graphics and a sci-fi aesthetic

Cyber Shadow Key Art

Game Page

Get ready for a retro action-platformer from indie developer Aarne Hunziker with Cyber Shadow.

Olija - Key Art

Review

Olija is a pixel-art platformer telling the tale of Lord Faraday, a man trying to save his failing town who finds himself in a mysterious, dark land.

A close up image of the ninja hero's face next to the title.

Review

A glorious love letter to retro ninja action, Cyber Shadow is a must for fans of high-speed fun and delicious 1990s cheesy camp.

Super Meat Boy Forever Key Art

Game Page

Super Meat Boy Forever is the super sequel to the massive indie hit Super Meat Boy!

Olija Key Art

Game Page

From Skeleton Crew Studios and developer Thomas Olsson comes a 2-D action-platformer, Olija.

Super Meat Boy Forever logo

Review

Team Meat’s hotly-anticipated blood-spattered auto-runner, Super Meat Boy Forever, has landed. It isn’t a bad game but I couldn’t help find it

Olija - Key Art

Preview

Bleak-core should probably be its own genre at this point. Games that go out of their way to create a world that seems to embody depression, decay,

Foregone Beginner's Guide PS4 Xbox One PC

Guide

Foregone is the newest action platformer to hit PC and consoles, and it can be pretty challenging, especially for those who don't particularly agree

The hero Nina standing in a cavern, facing a statue

Interview

Just because we're in the middle of a global pandemic doesn't mean we can't enjoy the pleasures that come with booths and presentations at PAX.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps screenshot

News

Nintendo always like to leave a surprise in there somewhere, don't they... For today's Nintendo Direct Mini, it was the reveal and release of Ori and

The main logo for Bite the Bullet

Game Page

Bite the Bullet is the world's first "run-and-gun-and-eat" shooter. You are a mercenary sent down to Earth to eat whatever you can.

Bite the Bullet Review

Review

Sometimes I feel like video game power fantasies could stand to be a little more realistic. You can keep your unstoppable space marines, your

The main heroes of the adventure standing in profile

Review

Inti Creates really needs more credit for what they do. Retro-style platformers are just about everywhere, but this studio has the most consistent

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 Screen

News

The Bloodstained franchise has returned with another spinoff title in with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, from Inti Software.

Foregone game

News

Foregone, a 2D action-platformer published by Big Blue Bubble, will be released on consoles this October, with a release on Steam to follow in 2021.

30XX Preview Preview Image

Preview

I haven't played 20XX. To be quite honest it's never even come across my radar before, but seeing 30XX in action at the Guerrilla Collective this

Neversong Title Card

Game Page

Neversong, originally titled Once Upon a Coma, sprouted from a Kicksta

Hoa Title Screen

News

Hoa is a side-scrolling adventure platformer designed to be more relaxing than anything else. Featuring simple piano music and a rather wholesome

Neversong Review

Review

Each and every one of us has experienced true guilt at some point in our life. Shame because of what we did or didn't do, whether it was our fault or

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Seeds Preview Image

Guide

A collectible that you'll be coming across as you head through the world of Niwel in Ori and the Will of the Wisps are the m

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Trading Quest Preview Image

Guide

Side quests in games have always been a great way to distract players from the main objective. Getting a bit tired of saving the world or rescuing

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Midnight Burrows Bells Preview Image

Guide

Ori and the Will of the Wisps has been out for a few days, and while hunting through the land of Niwel, players might encounter a few roadblocks

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Review

Review

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once famously opined that video games couldn't be art.

A screenshot for Radical Rabbit Stew

Game Page

Radical Rabbit Stew combines fast-paced action with puzzle-solving and whack-a-mole rabbit gameplay.

A screenshot of Radical Rabbit Stew

News

Today, the title's publisher Sold Out has announced that the action-arcade title Radical Rabbit Stew is coming to the Nintendo Switch, the