Thursday, 13 August 2020

TOP 10 Xbox One Platformer Games

10. Yooka-Laylee

The bright colours, simple character design and silly humour of Yooka-Laylee makes this throwback platformer a delightful little game, especially for younger players. As the titular chameleon and bat duo, players explore a variety of richly designed worlds to stop a nefarious villain – but the game really comes into its own with cooperative multiplayer and a host of minigames for up to four, making the game a good old fashioned bit of couch fun.

9. Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus delivers a true, classic Sonic experience with fresh, sharp visuals and new features. Featuring a variety of fresh zones alongside remastered classics from the original series, Sonic Mania Plus is a love letter to the iconic hedgehog and his friends – and plays like an absolute charm. The traditional aesthetic of the game looks absolutely stunning in high definition and the gameplay holds up as some of the most thrilling and exciting you’ll find on the Xbox One!

8. Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares drops you into a dark, disturbingly charming world packed with some of the most distinctive level design and attention to detail I’ve ever seen in a platformer. This immersive and interactive world challenges the player to solve complex puzzles to escape the spooky world, and certainly feels like one of the most enthralling adventures I’ve been on in recent years. Thoroughly engrossing and spooky, Little Nightmares is unmissable.

7. Inside + Limbo

To give away anything about these two phenomenal games’ stories would be to spoil them, but take my word for it when I say they are two of the finest 2D puzzle-platformers of all time. Hauntingly beautiful, atmospheric and immersive, these games will absorb you into their worlds – and not let you go. With some of the most memorable horror moments I’ve encountered in gaming, they are frightening but incredibly realised and unforgettable. A pair of mini masterpieces.

6. Terraria

One of the most successful arcade games in modern gaming, this nostalgic homage to the good old days may not be a platformer in the traditional sense but certainly has enough in common with the genre to be considered one. As an open adventure, Terraria encourages players to dig to the ends of the Earth, craft and build dwellings and explore the rich in-game world. With over 1,300 crafting options and 150 enemies, replayabilty is delivered in spades. A charming delight.

5. Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy

Collecting the iconic first 3 games from the Crash Bandicoot series, The N-Sane Trilogy boasts over 100 levels of exciting platforming gameplay. Stunningly remastered with gorgeous visuals, Crash has never looked so pretty. The games, of course, speak for themselves – they are among the best games ever made, let alone just platformers. Spin, run and jump your way through the flawless trilogy and you will feel like a child again.

4. Shovel Knight

Though it may appear overly simplistic on the surface, Shovel Knight’s nostalgic charm and captivating gameplay make this one of the best platformers on the Xbox One console. Crowdfunded on Kickstarter, this passionate NES homage is addictive fun that bursts off the screen with a feeling that this has been made by a developer who truly loves the genre. Shovel Knight is totally worth digging out!

3. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The Spyro: Reignited Trilogy collects the first three games in the beloved series, remastered to an incredible standard by a team that is clearly very passionate for the franchise. The wonderful, colourful and varied worlds on offer in this faithful recreation of the iconic trilogy feature evolving gameplay and charming humour, making for a wonderful set of adventures and a wonderfully nostalgic trip into the heyday of platform gaming. A real treat.

2. Unravel: Yarny Bundle

Easily one of the most adorable and beautifully animated worlds in platform gaming, the Unravel games takes you on a larger-than-life puzzle/platformer adventure as the loveable Yarny. Made entirely of yarn, you explore and use your body to create rope, forming bridges, pulling objects and swinging in your environment. The game’s simplistic approach and gorgeous visuals make this an absolute delight, with the Yarny Bundle combining both incredible games in the series.

1. Rayman Legends

The charming world of Rayman bursts off the screen in this stunning update, taking the franchise’s graphics to the next level thanks to a combination of 2D and 3D gameplay elements. With a wonderful story mode (featuring a brilliant 4-player co-op option) and excellent mini-games and player customisation, Rayman Legends lives up to its title and reminds us just why the series is so legendary.

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