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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Rift Apart's PC Port Is a Reminder To Not Believe All the Marketing Hype

Ahead of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart's, release there was one marketing idea that you couldn’t escape hearing: that it was only doable on PlayStation 5. From June 2020 through its release, this was…

June 5, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Announced for PC

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is coming to PC.  The game will be released on Steam and Epic Games Sore on July 26. The pre-order bonus has also…

May 30, 2023 | 12:57 EDT

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Sludge Life 2 Preview - Old Life New Life

The first Sludge Life was an unexpected delight. It presented a woozy, vaporwave-style world for you to explore and tag with your graffiti, and although it was a little light on plot and direction,…

March 23, 2023 | 01:00 EDT

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

Are you ready kids? SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is a 3D action-platformer that takes you right to Bikini Bottom to embody two of the most iconic childhood characters known to sponge-kind…

March 1, 2023 | 04:39 EST

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Review

When it comes down to it, SpongeBob SquarePants really is an irreverent and universal cultural icon. Going past the memes, or the endless references to lines, moments, or specific frames of animation…

January 30, 2023 | 11:00 EST

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Solar Ash

Solar Ash is a 3D platformer developed by Heart Machine and published by Annapurna Interactive. The game is set in a surreal world, which is under threat by a being known as Ultravoid that is always…

January 7, 2023 | 01:29 EST

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Lunistice is a retro-style platformer where Hana the Tanuki is attempting to head to the Moon via her dreams. It's designed to be played in short bursts, so each level is bite-sized. You'll travel…

December 26, 2022 | 05:35 EST

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Arrives In January

Are you ready kids? SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 31st. As the spiritual successor to SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle…

December 6, 2022 | 10:42 EST

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Lunistice Review

An idea that can commonly be overlooked in the indie retro revival scene is the concept of establishment. The possibility that your product was lost to time and would only see the light of day once…

November 10, 2022 | 09:00 EST

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Bomb Rush Cyberfunk Delayed to 2023 for Polish

Team Reptile has announced that the Bomb Rush Cyberfunk release date will be pushed back to the summer of 2023. They state that they really need more time to produce a game that they feel meets their…

August 31, 2022 | 01:16 EDT

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Gameplay Trailer Released

Are ya ready kids? It's about to be the best day ever because the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake gameplay trailer has been revealed! Sporting some of the most interesting features you can…

August 12, 2022 | 04:24 EDT

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Frogun is a platformer styled after popular games from the genre released on the PlayStation One and Nintendo 64. In it, players use the titular Frogun to cross chasms, grapple between enemies and…

December 29, 2022 | 12:56 EST

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Frogun Review

If Frogun had been released during the same time as the patformers it emulates, it would have enjoyed plenty of love from gaming at large. Host to a slew of inventive platforming mechanics, the game…

August 2, 2022 | 09:00 EDT


Frogun Release Date Promises a Ribbeting Time This Summer

Frogun, a 3D platformer that uses a frog as a gun, is coming to to PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One & Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 on August 2, 2022. That means the Frogun release…

July 6, 2022 | 09:22 EDT

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Kao The Kangaroo Review

Remasters, remakes, and reboots have seen a substantial uptick in recent years; further, no other genre has enjoyed this love like 3D platformers. What's been the most fascinating about this revival…

July 5, 2022 | 10:00 EDT

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Pac-Man World Re-Pac

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is the remake of the 1999 3D platformer, Pac-Man World. Pac-Man World Re-Pac whisks Pac-Man off to rescue his friends and family from the evil Ghosts. In Pac-Man World, Pac-Man…

December 29, 2022 | 01:29 EST

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Pac-Man World Re-Pac is Great, But What About Pac-Man World 2?

When I heard the news that a Nintendo Direct Mini had been announced, the last thing I imagined was being wowed. The release date had already been leaked for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, and I…

June 30, 2022 | 12:00 EDT

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Sonic Frontiers Fan Response Won't Cause Delay, Says Sonic Team

Sonic Frontiers won't be delayed as a result of negative fan response, Sonic Team has insisted. Takashi Iizuka, the studio's head, says the team is convinced that "people will like" the game, despite…

June 13, 2022 | 10:16 EDT

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Crude Crypto Goes Global In Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed

There are tons of games about aliens arriving on Earth. Many popular titles deal with humans banding together in order to fight an outer space force with superior technology. You've got the newest…

May 31, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Kao The Kangaroo Is Uncomplicated 3D Platforming Fun

Of all the platforming properties that have been on hiatus since the mid-2000s, Kao the Kangaroo was perhaps one of the least likely to get a reboot. Of course, it's got a hardcore dedicated…

April 21, 2022 | 09:00 EDT

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Kao the Kangaroo (2022)

Kao is back with a brand new adventure. Kao The Kangaroo is a 2022 reboot of the series, with the titular Kao on a quest to find his lost father. Armed with his trusty boxing gloves and jumping…

April 16, 2022 | 10:25 EDT

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Kao the Kangaroo

Kao the Kangaroo is a 3-D Platforming adventure by developer X-Ray Interactive. Originally released in Europe in 2000, Kao the Kangaroo has you play the titular Kao, who dons a pair of boxing gloves…

April 16, 2022 | 10:15 EDT

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A Hat In Time Online Party Will Be Down for 'Several Weeks,' Devs Say

Gears of Breakfast has announced that the A Hat in Time Online Party outage is expected to continue for "several weeks" while it explores new technical solutions for online multiplayer. A Hat in…

April 4, 2022 | 03:25 EDT

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Kao The Kangaroo Is Platforming Fun for the Whole Family

After over a decade and a half, video game developer and publisher Tate Multimedia is reviving Kao The Kangaroo, a series that has been dormant since 2005's Mystery of the Volcano. This time around,…

February 21, 2022 | 01:00 EST

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The Mindful Compassion of Psychonauts 2

We're not even two full weeks into 2022 and it is still maddening just how many great video games came out last year. But my mind kept going back to one title in particular, one that managed to…

January 12, 2022 | 01:00 EST

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Solar Ash Review

There are some developers who remain steadfastly in their comfort zones throughout their careers. Heart Machine cannot be said to be one of them. After 2016's Hyper Light Drifter used Zelda-style top…

December 9, 2021 | 11:00 EST

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Solar Ash Release Date Delayed to December 2021

There's a bit of bad news for fans of Heart Machine -- the Solar Ash release date has been delayed to December 2021. On the upside, you won't have to wait too much longer to play it. Solar Ash is…

October 13, 2021 | 02:32 EDT

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Review

Sometimes, a series will stay really niche even if it deserves to be more popular. That’s why no one will listen to me when I preach the gospel of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg anymore. It’s sort…

September 29, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball returns to the spotlight to cause some chaos in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, the ultimate Super Monkey Ball experience.  Play in 300 stages found in the original titles of the…

September 26, 2021 | 05:13 EDT

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Timothy's Night

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-platformer game by Wild Sphere S.L. Play as Timothy…

September 26, 2021 | 04:51 EDT

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Timothy's Night Review

It was gonna be just another night: raid the liquor cabinet harder like Eliot Ness once the Sun escaped from the venetian blinds.  Proofs in the double-digits wouldn't suffice.  This wasn't like most…

September 21, 2021 | 10:30 EDT

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Mutant Mudds, Yooka-Laylee Tabletop Games Announced by Limited Run Games

A Mutant Mudds tabletop game and Yooka-Laylee tabletop game have both been announced by Limited Run Games in partnership with Game Decks — and you can pre-order them right now. Yooka-Laylee is a…

August 23, 2021 | 04:00 EDT

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Psychonauts 2 Review

We were long overdue for a Psychonauts sequel.16 years ago, Tim Schafer and the developers at Double Fine Productions released the first Psychonauts: a colorful platformer game on the PlayStation 2…

August 23, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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Psychonauts Helped Fulfill My Childhood Dreams

Video games are one of the best ways to escape reality. They allow the player to experience things or go to places they would never get the chance to otherwise. Regardless of whether the experience…

August 17, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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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 Games.  The world is slowly dying after a…

August 9, 2021 | 01:34 EDT

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Glyph Review

The 3D Platforming genre has been pretty dormant in terms of quality for the last decade. AAA hits like Super Mario: Odyssey and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart kept the genre from going all but…

August 9, 2021 | 10:00 EDT

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Difficulty in Games: Psychonauts 2's Invincibility Experiment

Whenever a new game comes out, everyone loves to focus on things like the art style or level design or specific mechanics that make the game stand out from its peers. After all, it's perfectly…

August 30, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Change is Hard in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Change is the universe’s most aggravating constant. As time marches forward at the pace of a death metal blast beat, change inevitably occurs. For many people, change means leaving home and going to…

July 8, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Spybot Locations - How To Get The RYNO 8

Obtaining the legendary RYNO 8 in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an amazing milestone for completionists. If you collect every spy bot, you'll not only have more lore about the series, but you'll…

June 11, 2021 | 04:57 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Torren IV Gold Bolts

Torren IV is home to the Fixer, a bunch of junk, and a robot graveyard (it's pretty morbid, now thinking about it), but it is also home to two gold bolts. Here's how to find them in Ratchet &…

June 11, 2021 | 04:57 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Viceron Gold Bolts

While we're still pondering on why gold bolts would be at a prison, we uncovered every location of the fan-favorite collectible in Viceron. We promise you won't go to jail if you "borrow" them. Here'…

June 11, 2021 | 04:57 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Blizar Prime Gold Bolts Guide

Gold bolts can lead to some neat rewards for players like weapon skins, game filters, music, big head mode, and neat references to prior Insomniac Games. Here's how to find all of them in Blizar…

June 11, 2021 | 04:57 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Sargasso Pocket Dimensions Guide

The pocket dimensions are spread all across Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart's Sargasso. Some are pretty hard to reach, but we've managed to find a way to find all of the pocket dimensions on Rivet's…

June 11, 2021 | 07:54 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Scarstu Debris Field Gold Bolts Locations

Scarstu Debris Field follows a lovely tradition within the Ratchet & Clank series of bashing alien heads in a tournament to get a grand prize. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart offers some…

June 10, 2021 | 11:42 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Ardolis Gold Bolts Guide

Ardolis is a pirate paradise with a funky tavern and a grand marketplace. But the only booty you want to find with this guide are gold bolts. Here's how you can find both of them in Ratchet &…

June 10, 2021 | 08:28 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Savali Gold Bolts

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart does a great job of hiding its gold bolts, and you'll have to face a few challenges to obtain them. Insomniac really makes you work hard for that big head mode and…

June 10, 2021 | 08:00 EDT

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Lorb Locations

Ratchet discovers while on Savali that records of lombax history are spread across the planet in objects called lorbs. Armed with this information, you'll be soaring across the landscape in search of…

June 10, 2021 | 08:00 EDT

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Sargasso Gold Bolts Locations

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Sargasso Gold Bolts Guide

Sargasso has a wide open area to explore in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, so it might be a struggle to find every gold bolt. Thankfully, we're here to help! Follow our instructions and you'll get…

June 10, 2021 | 08:00 EDT