The Best Platformers of 2019
Whether bouncing off koopa shells, collecting quills, or slicing through legions of enemies, 2019 has had some exceptionally creative games boasting imaginative player-created levels, expansive side-scrolling worlds, and tons of secrets along the way.These are our nominees for the best Platformer of 2019.
Best Platformer Nominees
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Super Mario Maker 2
If you took out the “Maker” parts from Super Mario Maker 2 and left only the game itself, you’d still have an incredible, unique Mario game. The fact you can build your own levels is the icing on the cake.
There are over 100 imaginitive, exciting, sometimes even hilariously frustrating levels created by Nintendo and cooked right into the game. And they’re exquisite, each and every one.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a delightful, challenging platformer that proves the future for the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor may be best fitted to a 2D space. Playtonic, with all of its Rare DNA, has a great knack for creating precision-perfect platformers, with plenty of space for exploration. Smartly, Impossible Lair is most ingenious in its structure, with a final, extremely difficult level that can be tackled at any time, but that is much easier to push through by completing the sequel’s various other levels.
And those levels can frequently shift between two wildly different versions, offering an additional layer of complexity and surprisingly tough, yet ultimately rewarding, challenges. Throw in an overworld littered with secrets, hilarious writing, and a fantastic soundtrack, and Playtonic has easily delivered one of the best platformers of the year.
My Friend Pedro
Ever wanted to be more like John Wick? Don’t answer that, it was rhetorical because of course you want to be more like John Wick. And that means blasting your way through a frenzy of balletic gun-fu so unrestrained in its badassery that it verges on satirical probably sounds like a cool way while away the final bits of 2019. Devolver’s action platformer My Friend Pedro is your game.
Every time Pedro’s simple formula of chaining together intricately choreographed ballistic takedowns wears even the slightest bit thin, the game ups the ante with a clever new mechanic or a more insane level design. What more could you ask from a best-of-the-year platformer? A talking banana? Well, friend, it’s got one of those too.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
It had been nearly a decade since Koji Igarashi’s last Castlevania game, but Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night proves that his particular brand of “Igavania” still has teeth. Exploring the castle’s many secrets is a delight, and there is a dizzying array of cool weapons and powers waiting to be bent to your will.
1997’s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the greatest games ever made, finally got a worthy successor on consoles in 2019 — and PC players got to join in the fun, as well.
Blasphemous is as gritty and cruel as it is captivating to watch in motion, as the Penitent One runs, jumps, and dodges to cleave his enemies into bloody pixelated chunks.
With an array of smart and clever moves and some dazzling environments to traverse, fights are as much about reading the land to look for the best angle of attack as they are about surviving the horrors that lurk around every corner.
Those are our nominees for the best platforming game of 2019 – what are yours? Vote in our Player’s Choice awards below to name your choice!
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Which games made your list of nominees that didn’t make ours? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out all of our other Game of the Year award nominees as well as our picks for the best movies, TV shows, comics, and anime of 2019!
Art for IGN’s Best of 2019 is by Julia Rago, Justin Vachon, Angela Nguyen, and Nicole Cagampan.
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The Best Platformers of 2019