My Top 10 Favorite 2D Platformers
Ahhh, the 2D platforming genre of gaming. It's perhaps the most basic and recognizable style of video games ever. There's just something about the platforming genre that never gets old for people like me. I've been in a very retro mood lately and decided to pay homage to one of my favorite genres ever by putting together a list of my all-time favorite side-scrolling masterpieces. I'm also going to talk a little about "where they are now," considering there is a wide range of games on this list. Some are still top dogs of the gaming world while others aren't even relevant among modern gamers. Keep in mind that I am not trying to say that these are the all-time greatest
, just my personal favs, although I could probably argue for a couple on this list being the greatest [10.] B.O.B.Release:
There are a couple of hidden gems on this list, but this one is definitely the most underrated. I think every gamer has one of those games that only they seem to have played as a child, because no one I've ever met or talked to about it has heard of this game. This is that game for me. I loved everything about B.O.B. as a kid. It plays like a combination of Contra
. With tight controls, tons of power-ups/abilities and a quirky sense of humor, it's pure platforming bliss.Current Status:
Unfortunately nothing else ever came of the game. It was later ported to the PSP in 2006, but never got any sequels or the recognition it deserves.[9.] Boogerman: A Pick And Flick AdventureRelease:
How can you not love a game with a title like that? And this wasn't just some immature gimmick to attract little kids like myself at the time, they put some thought into this concept of a super hero who's powers are based around snots. You literally flick your own snots at enemies to defeat them... genius. From the power-ups to the environment, this game was taking the theme dead serious. It paid off though because the game was fun (and funny) as hell. Any game where you can drink milk to spit loogies at enemies, or eat chili to fart flames and use your ass as a jet pack is good in my book.Current Status:
Boogerman was later seen as the rival to fellow gross out, platforming favorite Earthworm Jim
in the fighting game ClayFighter 631/3
. No sequels were ever made to the original however and the character has not been active since, although it was ported to the virtual console for the Wii in 2008. Really wish someone would bring this unique and fun game back.[8.] RistarRelease:
The 'Sonic Team' is mostly known for making the Sonic The Hedgehog
games of the '90s, obviously. However, they also made a lesser known, but just as good game called Ristar. In fact, Ristar is what Sonic almost became. Early in designing the Sonic game, the character was originally a rabbit that would extend its ears to grab things. As the gameplay developed into a more fast-paced style, they scrapped the rabbit and grabbing idea and went with a hedgehog that could roll into a ball during high speeds. Years later this "rabbit" concept was used to create Ristar, they just changed the rabbit to a star who stretches his arms. The game had great music, colorful and vibrant stage design and one of the most lovable and endearing main characters ever.Current Status:
Ristar hasn't been seen too much these days, other then in a few Sega Collection
compilation games. It's a shame too because his character design is so simple but so good at the same time. I'm surprised that there was never even one sequel.
To Be Continued...