Platformers are games that allow the player to control a character while navigating in an environment full of traps and puzzles. If you haven’t tried the genre yet, you need to play some of the best platformers in history.

Super Mario Bros. (1985)
No list is complete without at least one Mario game. The 1985 installment features the brothers Mario and Luigi in a quest to save Princess Toadstool from King Bowser after the Koopa Army attacked the Mushroom Kingdom.

Strider (1989)
The game is set in a futuristic dystopian world where Hiryu, a ninja from the Striders, was assigned to assassinate the Grandmaster, the overlord and dictator of the Empire. The combos performed by Hiryu using his sword Cypher are based on the movements of the buttons and joystick.

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
The iconic Sonic is out to destroy the scientist Dr. Ivo Robotnik after the latter imprisoned animals in the South Island and stole the 6 Chaos Emeralds.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (1995)
A direct sequel to Donkey Kong Country, the game features Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong who attempt to save Donkey Kong after he was taken by King K. Rool to Crocodile Island.

Banjo-Kazooie (1998)
The first installment of the renowned series, it introduces Banjo the bear and Kazooie the bird who are trying to overcome the evil plans of Gruntilda the witch.

Shovel Knight (2014)
The Shovel Knight is controlled by the player as he tries to collect different treasures and fights the Order of No Quarter. Shovel Knight might be able to rescue Shield Knight if he could overcome the Enchantress in the Tower of Fate.

Super Meat Boy (2010)
The player will help box-shaped Meat Boy get through more than 300 levels to rescue Bandage Girl after the latter was taken by the scientist Dr. Fetus.

LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)
Unlike its prequel, LittleBigPlanet 2 features a main storyline involving Sackboy and the members of The Alliance as they overcome the vacuum cleaner Negativitron who is trying to destroy Craftworld.

Mega Man X (1993)
Set a hundred years after the previous game, the world is inhabited by Reploids and humans who are at odds because the Reploids are becoming destructive. Mega Man X is tasked to hunt down the mavericks and stop the plans of their leader Sigma.

Ratchet & Clank (2002)
The robot Clank has to convince his friend Ratchet to help him find Captain Qwark and to stop Chairman Drek from creating a new species that might destroy other planets.

Spyro the Dragon (1998)
Spyro and his friend Sparx the dragonfly are travelling to rescue other dragons, find treasures, and to fight the half-orc half-human Gnasty Gnorc.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002)
The thief Sly Cooper enlists his gang, composed of Murray and Bentley, to retrieve his family’s book called Thievius Raccoonus, which lists all of his ancestors’ tricks for stealing.

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