What are 3D Platformer Games?

3D Platformers are platform games that can be divided into two categories: pseudo-3D or true 3D. Pseudo 3D platformers can have 3D gameplay (allowing you to traverse the Z axis, i.e. forward 'into' the screen and backward) and 2D graphics - these are known as isometic platformers. Alternatively, they can have 3D graphics and 2D gameplay - these are called 2.5D. True 3D platformers have both 3D gameplay and graphics and a dynamic camera.


They might allow the player to rotate the camera independent of the character to view the environment from arbitrary angles. Early 3D platformers like Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Spyro the Dragon remain popular platforming series to this day.

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Frogun Official Art

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Guide the adventurer Renata as she delves into an ancient ruin in search of her parents. With the help of her trusty Frogun, you'll be able to

Frogun Official Art

Review

Frogun is a heartfelt addition to the wider Platformer genre, bringing some fun new ideas and charm to the table. It's far from a perfect game though

Frogun

News

A 3D platformer that uses a frog as a gun is coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One & Series X/S, PS4, and PS5, now has a Frogun release date.

Kao The Kangaroo Title Card

Review

A couple of console generations have passed since the last time Kao The Kangaroo hopped into the scene. While that fact may give some nostalgic vibes

Pac-Man World Re-Pac

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Pac-Man World Re-Pac is the remake of the 1999 3D platformer, Pac-Man World. Pac-Man World Re-Pac offers improved graphics, UI, and finely-tuned

Pac-Man World 2 Cover

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Pac-Man World Re-Pac is great, but Pac-Man World 2 is the Empire Strikes Back to Pac-Man World's A New Hope. What makes this sequel so much better?

Sonic grinding on a rail in the open-world environment of Sonic Frontiers

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Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has confirmed that Sonic Frontiers won't be delayed as a result of negative fan response to gameplay trailers.

Crypto descending!

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Destroy All Humans puts you in the shoes of an alien invasion being carried out by the cloned soldier Cryptosporidium. The upcoming Destroy All

Kao running through a forest level in Kao the Kangaroo

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Platforming's unlikeliest hero Kao the Kangaroo is getting the reboot-slash-sequel treatment. Can this revival match the 3D platforming classics?

Kao the Kangaroo 2022 Key Art

Game Page

Kao is back with a brand new adventure, along with a revival of Kao the Kangaroo!

Kao the Kangaroo Key Art

Game Page

Kao the Kangaroo is a 3-D Platforming adventure by developer X-Ray Interactive.

A Hat in Time Online Party Outage Update cover

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The A Hat in Time Online Party outage is expected to continue for "several weeks" while Gears for Breakfast searches for a new solution for

Kao the Kangaroo

Preview

Take a look at the Kao The Kangaroo preview at TechRaptor. Kao The Kangaroo game is a fun-filled platformer that's perfect for the entire family.

A shadowy creature made of self doubt looming over Raz

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2021 was a year full of fantastic experiences, but Psychonauts 2 manages to stand out not just in terms of overall design, but how it portrays mental

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania - Key Art

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is a compilation of the first 3 console releases in the franchise, brought into the modern age with added content.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Key Art

Game Page

Super Monkey Ball returns to the spotlight to cause some chaos in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, the ultimate Super Monkey Ball experience. 

Timothy's Night Key Art

Game Page

Looking to survive a colorful alien invasion in a noir-inspired gangster's paradise? Look no further than Timothy's Night, a third-person shooter-

Timothy's Night House

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You'd think a new title and expanded features would inspire more critiquing on the original core design as well; instead, I'm really just

Mutant Mudds Yokka-Laylee tabletop Game Decks cover

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Limited Run Games has announced Mutant Mudds and Yooka-Laylee tabletop games, both of which are available for pre-order until early September 2021.

Psychonauts 2 in vivid color

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Our Psychonauts 2 review finds it is an imaginative platforming experience and a great narrative-driven game that is unfortunately marred by a few

Psychonauts childhood dream

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The original Psychonauts helped me fulfill my childhood dream of enjoying summer camp after many failed real-world attempts.

Glyph Key Art

Game Page

Can you restore your home to its former glory after technology ravages the land? Find out in Glyph, a new 3D platformer from indie developer Bolverk

glyph key art

Review

Glyph is a 3D platformer that offers players a unique gameplay experience set in a barren wasteland. What the game lacks in charm, it makes up for in

pyschonauts 2

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Pyschonauts 2's invincibility mode is an interesting way to approach difficulty in games that emphasizes the game's mechanics and problem solving

Ratchet & Clank - Rivet Looking Cool

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart explores some heavy themes through its leading characters and its own place as the latest in a long-running franchise.

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Spybot

Guide

The RYNO is a tradition within the Ratchet & Clank series. Dedicated players of the game are rewarded for their hard work with a weapon that can

Ratchet & Clank Torren IV Gold Bolts

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This scrapheap Torren IV somehow has a few treasures to find, including gold bolts! Here's how to find two of them in this grind-heavy area in

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Viceron Gold Bolts

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It can be tough to find gold bolts in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, so let's help you out with Viceron's hidden collectibles.

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Blizar Prime Gold Bolts

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's gold bolts in Blizar Prime are well hidden, so it's up to us to thwart Insomniac Games' trickery by telling you

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Sargasso Pocket Dimensions Guide Rivet

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Find the armor parts you need with this nifty guide on how to find the pocket dimensions in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Scarstu Debris Gold Bolts Ratchet & Clank:Rift Apart

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Hope you're ready for a few battles because most of the gold bolts are waiting for you at the arena in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's Scarstu

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Ardolis Gold Bolts

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Run through this stunningly realized pirate-themed world and find these gold bolts along the way!

Ratched & Clank Rift Apart Savali Gold Bolts

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Get one step closer to that big head mode with this guide on how to get all the gold bolts in Savali.

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Wasteland Gear Lorb Locations

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart makes it difficult to find each lorb in Savali. We break down each location of these artifacts that will uncover part

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Sargasso Gold Bolts Locations

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Insomniac Games was sneaky while placing these gold bolts. Here's how to find each of them in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's Sargasso.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart development crunch-free cover

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart development was done without any mandatory crunch whatsoever according to several Insomniac developers.

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Ratchet PS5

Review

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a "rivet"ing adventure with spectacular graphics, thrilling weapons, and an endearing story that makes for one of

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Corson V

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Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart's first planet has a few tricky spots for its gold bolts. Let's help you find them all!

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart Key Art

Game Page

Insomniac Games returns to the Ratchet & Clank series with a brand new title for the PlayStation 5, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Acessibility Features cover

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Insomniac has showcased a number of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart accessibility features such as high contrast mode and the ability to change the

Astro's Playroom Gameplay

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Astro's Playroom is the brain child of the team behind The Playroom and the acclaimed Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. 

Ratchet & Clank

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will be releasing on June 11, 2021 for the PS5. There will be multiple digital and physical editions available.

Blue Fire

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Zelda Souls is finally real, and the marriage of the two formulas is seamless. But constant crashes and bugged boss fights make Blue Fire impossible

Blue Fire Key Art

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Get ready for a journey through the desolated kingdom of Penumbra and discover the long-lost secrets of the land.

Super Mario 3D All Stars featuring three classic Mario games

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Should Nintendo put N64, GameCube and other titles on Switch? We interviewed game preservationists about limited-run titles like Super Mario 3D All

Lost Yooka-Laylee statues cover

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A number of lost Yooka-Laylee statues have mysteriously surfaced in The Phillippines after an involved company went out of business roughly five

Psychonauts 2 Key Art

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The long-awaited return of Psychonauts is finally here with Psychonauts 2, from Double Fine Productions. 

Psychonauts 2 Art

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Information for Psychonauts 2 has been a pretty slow drip-feed, which means that the psycho-obsessed (like yours truly) put it upon themselves to