Jump, slide, jump, grab, shoot, jump, jump, JUMP!
Probably one of the oldest genres of digital games. When you think of the platform greats, everyone remembers and knows Sonic, Mario, Megaman. Even when the wave of 3D games came, we still had 3D platformers on an open world like Spyro, [more] Mario, and Ratchet & Clank.
We are here to celebrate IndieGames. I only wanted to highlight the inspirations for many developers, and why platformers will never die out. Ori is loved by so many for its beautiful orchestration of visuals and music. Celeste is loved for its hard-as-nails precision platforming.
Let's take a look at this week's Platformers, and see what is in store for you!
Dogworld - Steam
There is something so hypnotic about 1-Bit games that draw you in, especially when they have such detail in their design.
After a catastrophic event, humanity learned to survive underground in pods. Our little hero here, through a freak accident, discovers the surface is safe to live. In fact, it is full of life- well, full of dogs to be precise.
It's a dogs world. No cats allowed! Although I wonder if there are any catdogs?.
What's worse is that humanity is under threat by an AI called Daddy!?
Go on a frantic adventure, sliding, jumping, shooting and meeting bizarre characters along the way. This is a dog-eat-dog world (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself).
Dark Water: Slime Invader - Steam
DevBox // HeartBeat Games // Release: March 18 // Windows // Action, Adventure, 2.5D Platformer
Slimes, the age-old enemy every RPG adventurer is familiar with.
Imagine relaxing in a peaceful village, when suddenly a massive invasion of cursed slimes appear on the horizon. Worry not, as our hero, a young maiden, and her grandmother are here to save the day!
You will be playing the red-haired maiden for the majority of the platforming experience, jumping and freezing time with your bow, but occasionally you get to play as Grandman. This has to be the first time, to my knowledge, that you get to play as a grandmother. Let me know below if you can name any kickass grandmas, I am most curious.
The platforming is fast-paced, and occasionally you'll need precise timing. Combining different skills will become an essential skill. However, if you are terrible at platformers, like me, then fear not. You are provided with different levels of difficulty, making it accessible to all.
Seed By Seed // HandyGames // Release: March 18 // Windows, PS4, XB1, SWITCH // Action, Adventure, 3D Platformer, Multiplayer
Cardboard boxes. Most of us will look at it and only remember the stress of moving days, but cats and children will imagine adventure, whole worlds to play in.
Pile Up! has done the imagining for you, gather friends or family and explore the vast cardboard worlds available. There are sunbaked islands, amber forests, magical caves and feather theatres!
Every moment will have you feeling like a kid again as you unfold mysteries and solve puzzles. Tired of working together? No problem! Get ready to challenge each other to Boxball or Tic Pile Toe, along with several other competitive games. The Steam Remote Play feature making it easier than ever.
As the steam page states; play together, stick together, think together- and pile up!
Space Otter Charlie - Steam
Wayward Distractions // The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild // Release: March 18 // Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, XB1, and SWITCH // Action, Adventure, 2D Platformer, Puzzle, Multiplayer
You otter take a look at this incredible platform before it floats away. Trust me, it's otter this world! (too much?)
Humanity failed Earth, so it is now down to the next dominant species of Earth to step up... the otter. Put on your foam shark suit, grab a ray-gun, and the essential jet pack. It's time to save the world.
Precision platformers give me a headache, and I can never complete them. Thankfully Space Otter Charlie is more of a puzzle platformer. Anything not bolted down will freely float around the level, giving you a physics fuelled adventure through space!
Lastly, there are fun little Otter facts to collect as you progress. I love this cute little addition!