Best platformers on Xbox

By Heidi Nicholas,

We've had some great additions to the platforming genre in recent years, so here's of the best Xbox platformers made up of personal opinions, site ratings, and community votes, if you're looking for a recommendation!

The platforming genre sees an abundance of creativity and imagination — with such stellar platformers as we've had in recent years, there are way more great games out there than could reasonably fit on any list, but we've tried to condense some of the best options down to fit on this one. This list is based on personal opinions, site review scores of the highest-rated platformer games, and TA community ratings — check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments! And, if you don’t see your favourite on here, be sure to tell us what you love about it in the comments too! Without further ado, let's dash right in.


Celeste is a masterpiece. There's no other word for it, just as there's no other game like it. It can be challenging, and some segments will have you fuming with rage as you watch Madeleine plummeting through the sky or hurtling into ooze yet again. Yet this demanding difficulty is softened by the short load times between each death, and goes hand-in-hand with the game's message that you can do it. No matter how difficult it might be, how impossible a segment or how far away that infuriating Strawberry — you can do it eventually, as long as you try. Celeste extends this message to everyone with an Assist Mode which lets you ease the difficulty however you like. There's a much stronger, over-arching message about mental health and self-acceptance that's handled so thoughtfully and beautifully as to set Celeste even further apart from other games in its genre. The game's gorgeous soundtrack, meanwhile, compliments its equally gorgeous backgrounds, with Madeleine flying through gold and pink skies or snowy, star-swept ruins. There's only a few characters, but their brief interactions are enough to make them essential parts of Madeline's journey. If there's ever a game that was easy to learn, near-impossible to master, it'd be Celeste, and you'll find yourself thinking about it long after you put the controller down.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy capitalises on that late 90s/early 00s nostalgia with beautifully-handled revivals of Spyro the Dragon, Ripto's Rage (known as Gateway to Glimmer in Europe), and Year of the Dragon. The graphical improvements are mind-boggling enough, especially when compared side-by-side with the originals, and the visuals of each level are gorgeous. There's much of what you'd remember from the originals, including some familiar faces you might not be that keen on seeing again — seriously, how lazy does Moneybags need to be, the gems are literally right there. Spyro Reignited Trilogy sits with a rating of 4.5/5 from votes from the TrueAchievements community, while our Spyro Reignted Trilogy review gave it a similar 4.5/5, noting the improvements added with some new features, such as a minimap and more camera options. All-in-all, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy ensures the purple dragon remains as iconic as ever, while also providing a great jumping-in point for any players who might be new to the series.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is a real gem, combining excellent platforming and level design with an emotional, affecting story, a beautiful game world, and a magical soundtrack. The tiny, adorable figure of Ori might trick you into thinking this is a relaxed, easy-going game; far from it. There are moments of peace and exploration, where you can admire the background in relative safety, but Ori and the Blind Forest pulls no punches — let your guard down for too long and the game will make you regret it. Escape sequences in particular will have you gnashing your teeth as one wrong step sends you, furious, back to the beginning to start over, and you might question your sanity in some of the more chaotic parts of the game, but Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is a must-play.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is another one near the top of the list of highest-rated platformers, with a rating of 4.6/5 for its Windows version and 4.5/5 for its Xbox version. It sees Lara Croft heading to Siberia to find the Lost City of Kitezh in a race against the Trinity organisation. Rise of the Tomb Raider definitely needs to be on this list by virtue of its popularity and high rating, which also makes it the most top-rated game of the Tomb Raider series on TA.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Like Dead Cells, which we go into more detail for below, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove often crops up on "best of" lists, and is similarly highly rated: 4.4/5 by community votes, and 4.5/5 by our Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove review, which says, "It can be challenging, frustrating and cause unwanted headaches, but despite all that you'll keep wanting to come back for more... The amazing soundtrack and rewarding gameplay will spur you on right to the end, and even then you'll probably want to go back for another round of smacking things in the face with a shovel."

Dead Cells

Dead Cells too crops up on all kinds of "best of" lists for its excellent combination of platforming and roguelite elements. It's rated at 4.2/5 by community votes, with our Dead Cells review giving it 4.5/5 and saying it's "an excellent game that will challenge and delight seasoned roguelike addicts... The combination of roguelite and metroidvania genres wraps the bitter pill of permadeath in a sweet coating of exploration, with a solid progression system and plenty of reward loops to help inexperienced players get into the game."


Cuphead is a lot of things: infuriating, ridiculously challenging, and unforgiving among them, but if its 4.5/5 rating from TA community votes is anything to go by, it's also just as fun. Our Cuphead review, which rates it at 4/5, says "Cuphead is likely to reveal its deliberate frustrations too late for some people. It's hard not to become infatuated with the game's visuals, leaving uninformed buyers lured in by those blatant strengths to discover only then that it revels in its own relentlessness. This, in turn, could leave some wanting a refund and needing a new controller or two. However, for those that go into it with a co-op partner and with the knowledge that its design is as unforgiving as it is beautiful, it will be a unique and rewarding game. Always unabating but never unfair, Cuphead is tough to overcome but even tougher to put down."

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom holds a respectably high position on our list of the highest-rated platformers, with a TA rating of 4.4/5. Described as “a truly enjoyable love letter to gaming from the 80s and 90s,” Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is based on Monster World’s Wonder Boy, and was a success with players and critics alike. It sees you exploring, facing bosses, solving puzzles, transforming into different creatures, and upgrading equipment, as you fight to remove the curse. Each creature Jin turns into has different abilities, and helps to refresh the gameplay across 15 hours of content. Given its high place of honour on TA’s list of the best platformers, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom well deserves a place on this list.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is one of the highest-rated game on TrueAchievement’s list of top-rated platformers, with a score of 4.6/5 and over 200,000 players on our site. As the name suggests, Portal 2 revolves around portal puzzles — and many more of them — and describes itself with the always-intriguing term of “diabolical science.” You face off against the AI GLaDOS and test your skills by wrapping your brain around some of Portal 2’s puzzling physics-based challenges.

Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares II has trumped Little Nightmares as TA’s favourite, with a rating of 4.4/5 as opposed to Little Nightmares' 4.1/5. It also scored a 4/5 from our Little Nightmares II review, where Sean called it a “wonderfully unnerving world filled with grotesque and fantastical creatures that is a horrifying pleasure to explore.” It revolves around Mono, a young boy trapped in a bizarre world where an evil signal hypnotises the residents of The Pale City. Mono joins forces with Six, a girl in a yellow raincoat, as they venture out into the world to find the source of the signal. As the game’s name suggests, their journey takes them through some pretty horrifying places — such as a terrifying hospital, filled with equally terrifying patients, and ruled over by the nightmarish Doctor.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

I was always in the Spyro loyalty camp, but even I can recognise just how much the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy gets right with its recreations. It's rated at 4.4/5 by the TA community, while our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review puts it at 4/5 and says, "In an age of remasters that don't always feel earned, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is one for which fans have been rightfully clamouring. Vicarious Visions' recreations are simply stunning. The nostalgia overflows from this collection for those that played them so many years ago, and if you're new to the series, they mostly still hold up today... the majority of your time in Crash Bandicoot will feel like a fun, wumpa fruit-laden stroll down memory lane."

Bonus: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I know, they're both on here. But in my opinion, they both deserve to be. It's rare to see a sequel hold up so well to its original, especially when that original was as beloved as Ori and the Blind Forest. Yet Ori and the Will of the Wisps took that platforming excellence to another level, and somehow provided an even more beautiful world than the first game. It'll wreak just as much havoc with your emotions as Blind Forest ever did, mostly with its wonderful story, but also with those familiar feelings of rage at an unexpected difficulty spike. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is rated by the TA community at 4.6/5 and at 4.5/5 by our Ori and the Will of the Wisps review, and, while it's Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition that we have on our list of the best games on Game Pass, Ori and the Will of the Wisps also bolsters its own brilliance by its inclusion on Xbox Game Pass. The introduction of new modes, new features and a lot of new characters might cause some hesitation among fans of the first game, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a fantastic sequel and well worth a try.

Those are just a few of the best platforming games on Xbox. Let us know what you think in the comments and, if you’re not seeing your own favourite, you can head over to its game page and rate it, review it, chat about it in the forums, or else share your thoughts in the comments below!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.
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