Update, : Will You Snail? added at rank #3.
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Katana ZERO (2019)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Xbox One

Katana Zero includes no health bar and being hit will result in instant death.[1] The player character navigates side-scrolling levels, attempting to kill all enemies in that level using his blade or environmental traps.[1] The player character can deflect bullets with his slash, slow time with a meter that slowly refills, and dodge attacks using rolls.[2] The game also features a real-time conversation system that the player can interrupt.[1]


  • cyberpunk
  • 2d
  • pixel
  • platform
  • violent
  • time
  • manipulation
  • story
  • hack-and-slash
  • noir
  • ninja
  • action
  • gore
  • fast-paced

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The Pedestrian (2020)

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Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Linux

The Pedestrian is a 2.5D puzzle platformer that takes “puzzle platforming” literally. You play as The Pedestrian (aka the male bathroom symbol) who works in a restroom sign standing beside his Beloved (the female symbol). When she disappears, you must escape your day job and embark on a perilous journey where you progress by piecing the “sign world” back together in search of the one you love.


  • platform
  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • logic
  • 2.5d
  • scroller
  • colourful
  • emotional
  • atmospheric
  • building
  • surreal
  • family-friendly
  • 3d
  • 2d
  • minimalist

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Will You Snail? (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch ps1 xbox Xbox One Playstation 4

A unique platformer where an evil AI predicts your movement. Dodge AI-spawned traps, solve optional puzzles and uncover the dark secrets of the simulation.

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  • platform
  • precision
  • 2d
  • unforgiving
  • short
  • fast-paced
  • puzzle
  • difficult
  • scroller
  • single-player
  • comedy
  • funny
  • non-linear
  • exploration
  • story

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Narita Boy (2021)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One

Narita Boy received "generally favorable reviews" according to Metacritic.[10]


  • pixel
  • platform
  • boss
  • retro
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • exploration
  • 1980s
  • 2d
  • metroidvania
  • lore
  • adventure
  • runner
  • hand-drawn

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Unbound: Worlds Apart (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One

Using these newfound skills, Soli must journey across dangerous and mysterious worlds, each brimming with secrets and challenges. You must use every skill Soli has to defeat a ruthless evil that is tearing reality apart, while learning the shocking truth behind your world’s collapse.GameplayYour reflexes and twitch platforming skills will be put to the ultimate test in Unbound: Worlds Apart. As Soli you can explore large worlds full of hidden secrets and unlockable skills that open up even more of the map as you progress.Along the way you will meet many weird, wonderful and devious characters, each with rich backstories and dialogue.


  • platform
  • hand-drawn
  • puzzle
  • reflexes
  • rich

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Horace (2019)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch zx spectrum commodore 64 dragon 32/64 timex sinclair 2068

The Horace video game series was created in the 1980s by William Tang for Beam Software. The series comprised Hungry Horace, Horace Goes Skiing and Horace and the Spiders.


  • platform
  • pixel
  • story
  • comedy

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (2018)

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Playstation 5 stadia PC Windows Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Enjoy a colorful action-adventure game made alongside Ryuichi Nishizawa, creator of the original Wonder Boy in Monster World series.Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom borrows the best from the classic series to deliver a fresh, modern adventure with fun gameplay, memorable music and gorgeous hand drawn animations.Can Jin save Monster World Kingdom? Help our young hero defeat challenging enemies, discover hidden locations, upgrade powerful equipment, and more! You'll also unlock special forms with unique skills used to open new paths where mighty bosses and secret treasures await.Feature Overview:- Six awesome forms with unique combat and platforming abilities to make your adventure exciting from start to finish.- Unlock new paths and secrets with special equipment: look for magic weapons and items that gradually open up the world.- Over 15 hours of epic adventure: explore the new Monster World in a vast interconnected environment.- Hand Drawn animations: characters and enemies come to life with detailed animations and fun facial expressions.- Soundtrack from iconic Japanese composers: Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yanagawa.- Full HD graphics at 60 fps: the game supports 1080p/60fps in TV mode and 720p/60fps in Nintendo Switch™ handheld mode.- HD rumble support: feel the action with high performance HD rumble support.


  • metroidvania
  • action-adventure
  • platform
  • adventure
  • scroller
  • motion
  • anime
  • sequel
  • colourful
  • 2d
  • action
  • exploration
  • cartoony
  • classic
  • sprite

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Psychonauts 2 (2021)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Mac OS Linux

Combining quirky missions and mysterious conspiracies, Psychonauts 2 is a platform-adventure game with cinematic style and tons of customizable psychic powers.


  • platform
  • cult
  • 3d
  • psychedelic
  • psychological

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X

The game was developed by Moon Studios, a collective organization without a set location. The game's visuals were given an overhaul from the two-dimensional artwork in Blind Forest, to the three-dimensional models played in multilayered backgrounds in Will of the Wisps. The game maintains narrative continuity with Blind Forest and introduces new melee combat.


  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • boss
  • flight
  • narrative

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Celeste (2018)

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Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Mac OS Linux stadia

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall. • A narrative-driven, single-player adventure like mom used to make, with a charming cast of characters and a touching story of self-discovery • A massive mountain teeming with 700+ screens of hardcore platforming challenges and devious secrets • Brutal B-side chapters to unlock, built for only the bravest mountaineers • IGF “Excellence in Audio” finalist, with over 2 hours of original music led by dazzling live piano and catchy synth beats • PieThe controls are simple and accessible - simply jump, air-dash, and climb - but with layers of expressive depth to master, where every death is a lesson. Lightning-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.


  • platform
  • pixel
  • 2d

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