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.

A podracer in Star Wars Episode I Racer and a butterfly-slash-moth creature in Hoa, the games in the Xbox Games With Gold May 2023 lineup

Xbox Games With Gold May 2023 Lineup Speeds Into View

The Xbox Games with Gold April 2023 lineup has been revealed. As usual, you're getting two games, both of which are playable on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. There's a racing game from a…

April 27, 2023 | 09:27 EDT

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Sekiro-Inspired Platformer Nine Sols Delayed To Q4 2023

Red Candle games has announced that its "Taopunk" Sekiro-inspired platformer Nine Sols has been delayed until Q4 2023. If you backed the crowdfunding campaign for the game and you're waiting for your…

April 21, 2023 | 08:38 EDT

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PAX East 2023: Trinity Fusion Preview

Trinity Fusion is an upcoming rogue-lite action platformer from Angry Mob Games that I was able to play at PAX East 2023. After a 45-minute session, I felt the hooks of the genre’s live-die-repeat…

April 5, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Trinity Fusion

Explore dark, sci-fi worlds and engage in fast-paced and precise combat in Trinity Fusion - a Rogue-Lite action platformer set in a sprawling, doomed multiverse. Each of your parallel selves has…

January 18, 2038 | 10:14 EST

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The Library Of Babel Release Date Sneaks Into April

Tanuki Game Studios and Neon Doctrine have announced a release date for The Library of Babel, their 2D graphic adventure-stealth platformer hybrid. The game will be released on April 7th across PC…

March 7, 2023 | 02:56 EST

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Rooftop Renegade Review

It’s interesting how speedrunning in video games has become its own sub-genre. Pick any genre to sit alongside it, and suddenly you have a battle of optimization, wits and critical planning, all…

February 28, 2023 | 10:30 EST

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Grapple Dog

Grapple Dog is a 2D platformer developed by Medallion Games and published by Super Rare Originals. As the name suggests, this is a 2D platformer where you play as Pablo, a dog... that can grapple.…

January 6, 2023 | 11:16 EST

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What Lies In The Multiverse

What Lies In The Multiverse is a 2D puzzle platformer developed by Studio Voyager and IguanaBee, and published by Untold Tales and Doyoyo Games. Players take control of "Kid", who accidentally…

January 5, 2023 | 02:15 EST

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Time Loader

Time Loader is a physics-based puzzle platformer, featuring a small robot that must travel back to the 90s to prevent a tragic accident. Your little robot's basic movement consists of trundling…

January 4, 2023 | 06:48 EST

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Mina the Hollower

Mina the Hollower is a 2D action-adventure platformer where you are Mina, a Hollower who is trying to rescue a cursed island in a 8-bit visual style that should forcefully remind you of the Gameboy…

December 28, 2022 | 04:47 EST

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Shovel Knight Dig Starter Guide

Steel thy shovel fair adventurers! You've decided to check out Yacht Club Games' latest spin-off of the acclaimed retro platformer, Shovel Knight Dig. But this is a notable departure from other…

September 23, 2022 | 12:47 EDT

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Shovel Knight Dig Review

Shovel Knight has starred in old-school platformers, puzzlers, and made guest appearances in plenty of others including multiple platform fighters. No genre is too far or foreign for Shovel Knight,…

September 22, 2022 | 09:00 EDT

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Shovel Knight Dig is a Stimulating, Spelunking Adventure

Shovel Knight Dig is the product of a very special combination of developers. On one end is Yacht Club Games, responsible for creating the IP that is Shovel Knight, a bona fide indie hero. On the…

September 4, 2022 | 11:30 EDT

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Loopmancer Roadmap Includes Challenge Mode And More

Developer eBrain Studio has revealed the Loopmancer roadmap, detailing upcoming content for the sidescrolling action roguelite. This content includes a new challenge mode, the ability to change…

August 30, 2022 | 10:23 EDT

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

Asmodee Digital Unveils New Name And Two New Games

Asmodee Digital, the digital arm of tabletop giant Asmodee, has announced that it is rebranding as Twin Sails Interactive. Along with the new name, Twin Sails also unveiled two new projects: a news…

August 17, 2022 | 11:36 EDT

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Sonic Origins Fixes For "A Variety Of Issues" In The Works

Sonic the Hedgehog's official social media manager has promised that fixes for "a variety" of Sonic Origins issues are in the works. Katie "MiniKitty" Chrzanowski also promises more "official…

July 15, 2022 | 08:54 EDT

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Terraria 1.4.3 Update is Out for Consoles and Mobile

Terraria Update 1.4.3 is out now for consoles and mobile, bringing the Don't Starve Together crossover content and more to PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. After about five "…

April 27, 2022 | 02:18 EDT

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Older Sonic Games to Be Delisted May 2022 Due to Sonic Origins Launch

A number of older Sonic the Hedgehog games will be delisted a month before the launch of Sonic Origins -- you have less than a month to buy them if you don't want to miss out. Last week, Sonic…

April 26, 2022 | 03:11 EDT

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Imp of the Sun

Imp of the Sun is a 2D action-platformer that combines fast-paced combat with a world that must be saved by Nin, an Imp created with the last spark of the Sun. Nin must defeat the Four Keepers and…

March 28, 2022 | 05:13 EDT

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Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Feels Like a Long Fetch Quest

Every so often, you'll come across a Kickstarter game that swiftly meets its funding goal and hits stretch goals like nothing -- as was the case with the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.…

March 21, 2022 | 09:00 EDT

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Time Loader Review

Every video game is someone's first. For people of an older generation, they started alongside the hobby with the first steps of Mario, Link, and Pikachu. While not every game can be an absolute…

March 10, 2022 | 12:00 EST

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What Lies In The Multiverse Review

I think most of us would revel in the idea of living in the multiverse and recent studies have shown that that may be the case. Of course, that doesn't mean we're anywhere close to visiting parallel…

March 3, 2022 | 10:00 EST

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Little Orpheus Review

If you told me a decade ago that developer The Chinese Room would put their creative efforts towards a 2.5D platformer capturing the tone of old-timey adventure serials I wouldn't believe you.…

March 1, 2022 | 05:46 EST

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Mina the Hollower Feels Like It's Straight From the Cartridge

I was too young to experience the NES era of gaming -- a time that Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight sought to emulate. I could still appreciate the developer's dedication to creating an authentic, old…

February 11, 2022 | 12:19 EST

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Grapple Dog Review

When it comes to traditional 2D platformers, I’m someone who’s all thumbs. You know the picture of a bunch of kids and their mom helping them clear a level of Super Mario? That was pretty much my…

February 14, 2022 | 09:30 EST

Mina appears!

Yacht Club Games' Mina The Hollower Smashes Funding Goal On Day One

From the studio that brought us the Shovel Knight series comes a new game without shovels but arguably just as much digging. Yacht Club Games made a name for themselves in 2014 with the release of…

February 2, 2022 | 01:33 EST

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From indie developer, Skrollcat Studio is a brand new, humble little platformer game, Hoa. Hoa is the story of Hoa, a small, magical creature who embarks on a journey into nature. Witness…

August 26, 2021 | 06:24 EDT

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Hoa Review

Can you Be-Leaf It? Hoa is the game equivalent of a children’s bedtime story: a light narrative that serves as a vehicle for a comfortable atmosphere, memorable magical episodes, and an easy moral…

August 23, 2021 | 09:30 EDT

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Greak: Memories of Azur

Play a gorgeous-looking, side-scrolling adventure with Greak: Memories of Azur, by indie developer Navegante Entertainment.  Play as the siblings Greak, Adara, and Raydel and guide them across the…

August 16, 2021 | 06:28 EDT

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Greak: Memories Of Azur Review

Siblings can be a nuisance but they can also be the best part of your family. Many plots involve familial bonds with plenty of games sending you on a quest to save them. This is part of the adventure…

August 13, 2021 | 08:00 EDT

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Disney Classic Games Jungle Book Expansion Pack Leaked on SteamDB

Disney Classic Games already has Aladdin and The Lion King, but it looks like the Jungle Book Expansion Pack is about to be added to the collection as purchasable DLC, as its existence has been…

May 20, 2021 | 12:20 EDT

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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. 30XX is a throwback action platformer that features plenty of roguelike…

March 16, 2021 | 01:58 EDT

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30XX is Faster, Sharper, and Getting Better

30XX has hit Steam Early Access and it is a delight. Even in its very early state, it is a marked improvement over its predecessor 20XX in just about every single way. Not only does it push its…

March 15, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

Inti Creates returns with another entry in their Bloodstained series with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2.  Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 brings classic 2D action and a dark, 8-bit aesthetic…

February 22, 2021 | 06:24 EST

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Get ready for a fast and fluid 2D-action platformer with Foregone, from indie developer Big Blue Bubble.  Foregone has you star as a super-soldier from the city of Calagan, which is currently…

March 23, 2021 | 10:47 EDT

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Get a Running Start on Lunark

Billing itself as a "2D cinematic platformer in the vein of 80s and 90s classics," Lunark is an upcoming sci-fi platformer with full controller support. Developed and published by Canari Games, this…

February 3, 2021 | 10:00 EST

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Lunark is a 2D platformer with retro graphics and a sci-fi aesthetic. Players will take control of Leo, an orphan rejected for being "different" in some way. Leo climbs, jumps, sprints, and shoots…

January 16, 2022 | 02:37 EST

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Cyber Shadow

Get ready for a retro action-platformer from indie developer Aarne Hunziker with Cyber Shadow. Play as Shadow, a cybernetic ninja who must navigate the ruins of Mekacity. The world has been taken…

January 30, 2021 | 03:53 EST

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Olija Review

Non-traditional methods of exploring a narrative are becoming pretty common these days. It makes you wonder at what point will these non-traditional methodologies become traditional and come full…

January 28, 2021 | 09:00 EST

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Cyber Shadow Review

When it comes to retro action-platformers like Cyber Shadow, there's a lot going against them. Not only are there plenty of pixelated competition on the market, there are many different expectations…

January 25, 2021 | 09:00 EST

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Super Meat Boy Forever

Super Meat Boy Forever is the super sequel to the massive indie hit Super Meat Boy! Play as Meat Boy or Bandage Girl, who have been living care-free together for years now and have a new baby named…

January 10, 2021 | 08:13 EST

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From Skeleton Crew Studios and developer Thomas Olsson comes a 2-D action-platformer, Olija. Olija is a game about Faraday, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage.…

January 10, 2021 | 08:16 EST

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Super Meat Boy Forever 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 disappointing. As a sequel to 2010’s highly-acclaimed 2D…

January 4, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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Olija Is An Epic Storybook Adventure

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, and in many cases, utter failure. I don't know who'…

December 28, 2020 | 01:00 EST

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Foregone Beginner's Guide - Tips & Tricks

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 with Souls-like mechanics. Here's a beginner's…

October 13, 2020 | 11:05 EDT

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PAX Online: Chris King, 30XX, and Indie Development

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. Granted, something is lost without physically being on…

September 21, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Is Out Today for Nintendo Switch

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 Will of the Wisps. The Metroidvania…

September 17, 2020 | 10:55 EDT

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Bite The Bullet

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. Every enemy is edible, and every enemy gives unique bonuses based…

September 6, 2020 | 02:36 EDT