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You might well think the world of console gaming hasn’t exactly been spoiled for choice in terms of recent platform games, but look a little deeper and there’s gold to be found.
The recent release of Ratchet & Clank on PS4 has certainly been one exciting addition, but Sony’s console boasts plenty more besides. Here are eleven of the very best.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of controlling a yarn-made protagonist in a video game, then you have the opportunity to remedy that right now.
The objective of Unravel is to make sure Yarny (the thread-like doll you control) doesn’t fall into yarn-doll oblivion by accidentally – yep, you guessed it – unraveling.
It’s a quintessential puzzle-platformer, so as you negotiate the beautiful backdrops expect numerous thread-related puzzles that you’ll need to use Yarny’s anatomy to solve. Don’t worry; it’s not as grim as that sounds!
Many have described Rayman Legends as a fantastic co-op experience, and we’re finding it difficult to argue with them. It’s joyous.
But it’s an awesome single-player too. This game will throw you into an impressively diverse selection of levels, all of which force you to employ the most complicated of your platforming abilities.
If you thought Mario Party was tough, you may be in for a surprise with Rayman Legends.
Metanet Software’s sequel to the ridiculously successful N+ provides exactly the same high level of challenge, so all of you hardcore N+-ers will be glad to hear that you’ll still have to enroll in some kind of anger management classes after playing this one.
Having said that, difficult platformers are a thing of beauty (says Super Meat Boy), so get over your difficulty shakes, and give N++ a go (remember: controllers thrown at walls cannot be returned with the excuse that “it came like that”).
A remake of the original Tearaway game for the Vita, Tearaway Unfolded is an unusual platformer to say the very least, which encourages players to actively modify the environment that they play in.
Nearly everything is made of paper, the protagonist is made of paper, and for the most part, every friend and foe encountered in Tearaway Unfolded is pretty much made of paper – it’s basically an origami-themed platformer.
Half action RPG and half platforming genius, Rogue Legacy caters for fans of two major genres. The gameplay works exactly like a regular action-platformer, having the player navigate various 2D stages with a personally created character.
As you can see, things can get pretty hectic later on, when you eventually progress to the point where huge bosses invade the screen – but that’s nothing a few clever power ups can’t solve.
OddWorld: New ‘n’ Tasty
Abe’s Oddysee is back 18 years after the original released, only this time, it’s called OddWorld: New ‘n’ Tasty, and comes free with a major graphics upgrade, and even more repeatable Mudokon phrases.
If you played the original game, then you’ll know full well what to expect from this remake, but it shouldn’t dampen your excitement one bit, given that it’s one of the most fondly remembered platformers of all time.
It’s gorgeous, plays even better, and will tickle your reactions and grey matter in equal measure.
Salt and Sanctuary
Okay, you’ve got us, Salt and Sanctuary probably wouldn’t strictly described as most gamers as a “platformer”, but any game where you run and jump around stages while collecting power ups and solving puzzles is a platformer in our books.
As it happens, this game is really an excellent example of fusing platforming gameplay with traditional action RPG elements, to make for a thoroughly addictive and satisfying experience.
Tembo the Badass Elephant
Great title, right? Straight from the developers that brought you Pokemon, Tembo the Badass Elephant serves as probably the most traditional platformer on this list. You play as Tembo, the aforementioned “badass” elephant, and traverse varied cell-shaded stages to stop the evil Phantom military from invading.
We could go into detail about the intricacies of the game, but you pretty much get the idea. Just look at Tembo, and try to tell us that playing as a kitted-up, bandanna sporting, nam-veteran lookalike hasn’t always been your dream.
Although pretty straight-forward in terms of gameplay, the style and effort that have gone into making Klaus a unique tonal and environmental experience is nothing short of sensational.
The whole game is made to feel like you’re dashing through the contents of another person’s head, by the inclusion of seemingly relevant quotes dotted about the landscape, and a constant theme of clockwork being emphasised by the scenery.
Very cool indeed.
We think Grow Home is one of the most interactive video games on console format right now, as the player directly controls B.U.D, the robotic protagonist – and when we say “directly control”, we really do mean it, because there are two major button functions in the game: ‘use left hand’, and ‘use right hand’.
The game allows players to manipulate the very limbs of the protagonist, and shows off the PlayStation’s capability to create gorgeous, interactive open worlds to boot.
Ratchet & Clank
Dynamic duo, perfect pair, colossal couple – as you can tell, we’re running out of alliterative phrases to describe Ratchet and his mechanical sidekick Clank, and so we should be, given the time that they’ve spent at the top of the mythical PlayStation platformer pyramid.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a platform game in your life, then you’ll definitely enjoy Ratchet & Clank, and you can quote us on that.