50 Best Side-scrolling games

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The best 50 Side-scrolling games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, IOS (iPhone / iPad), PS4 (Playstation 4), Xbox One, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS, Linux and 3DS. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Goblins! released the 31 March 2021 and ranked #5, The Dragon Sword released the 18 January 2021 and ranked #25, What Comes After released the 5 November 2020 and ranked #17.

1# Sine Mora EX - 2017

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Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

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Price: $15-$25

2# Super Time Force Ultra - 2014

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Super Time Force Ultra is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

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Price: Free

3# Velocity 2X - 2014

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This critically acclaimed sequel to Velocity Ultra weaves together two classic game formats into one seamless adventure, featuring puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot ‘em-up gameplay!

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Price: $15-$25

6# Rocket Riot - 2016

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Fire up Rocket Riot and blow your way up! Rocket Riot is an action-packed, side-scrolling shooter set with over 200 levels in an amazing-looking pixel art world. Rocket Riot packs hundreds of zany characters, scrappy mini-bosses and tough hard-boiled bosses. Blast your way through the numerous levels or hide behind it, battling the strangest enemies you will ever encounter. Uncover wacky power-ups, navigate through completely destructible environments, or burrow into different areas of the map for surprise attacks. Destroyed objects regenerate, keeping the action fast-paced. But time doesn’t heal all wounds…

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7# Natsuki Chronicles - 2019

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New dramatic horizontal shoot ’em up that takes place in the same setting as Ginga Force. An immersive story that follows protagonist Natsuki. Discover the story of her past as a rookie pilot up to present day with events that are parallel to those in Ginga Force.

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Price: $15-$25

8# Broforce - 2015

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When evil threatens the world, the world calls on Broforce - an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Brace your loins with up to four players to run ‘n’ gun as dozens of different bros and eliminate the opposing terrorist forces that threaten our way of life.

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Price: $15-$25

9# Earth's Dawn - 2015

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Earth’s Dawn is looming and the fate of the planet hangs in the balance! Dive into frantic side-scrolling combat and take the fight to the alien horde before destroying hulking bosses!

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Price: $25-$40

11# ICEY - 2016

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ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game and a META game in disguise. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, "Why? Why am I following his directions?“ Obey? Rebel?

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12# The Disney Afternoon Collection - 2017

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All six classic games feature new and improved visuals and include filtering options that replicate a retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes, each of which encourages time-based gameplay and features online leaderboards. Best of all, the in-game Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of extras to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, and music all lovingly preserved.

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Price: $15-$25

13# The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors - 2019

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In TAITOs latest arcade action masterpiece youll slip into the role of one of five android ninjas and brawl your way through waves of enemy hordes in a dystopian future. Over a total of eight levels, youll take on the tyrant Banglar and his henchmen either alone or - for the first time in the history of the series - with a friend. Along with two completely new characters, the fully revised side-scrolling arcade brawler also offers fans a plethora of individual moves, new 16-bit pixel art graphics and animations, the revamped sound of TAITOs legendary house band ZUNTATA as well as an online ranking system so that you can compare your skills to fighters from all over the world.

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Price: Free

15# Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle - 2018

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This comprehensive collection includes seven classic games, each with various multiplayer options, online capabilities and detailed galleries! Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy). Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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Price: Free

16# Kingdom: Two Crowns - 2018

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In Kingdom Two Crowns, players must work in the brand-new solo or co-op campaign mode to build their kingdom and secure it from the threat of the Greed. Experience new technology, units, enemies, mounts, and secrets in the next evolution of the award-winning micro strategy franchise!

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Price: $5-$15

17# What Comes After - 2020

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Screenshot of the video game What Comes After
Screenshot of the video game What Comes After
Screenshot of the video game What Comes After

What Comes After is a side-scrolling adventure and a short heartwarming story about learning how to love yourself. Help Vivi in her journey on the train to the afterlife and back.

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Price: Free

18# She Wants Me Dead - 2016

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Max is in trouble. He pissed off his cat Lula and now she’s out to get him. And Lula is far from sweet. She is vicious, cold and unforgiving. More dangerous than Lula are her traps – deadly and brutal killing contraptions with Max’s name written all over them.

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Price: $5-$15

19# Kero Blaster - 2014

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Kero Blaster is a platform video game created by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya. It was released in 2014 for PC and iOS and is the first major project of Pixel since Cave Story in 2004. The game lays a heavy emphasis on shooting and got positive reviews on both platforms. A short, free demo titled Pink Hour has been available since a month before the full game's release. In Kero Blaster, the player controls a frog working for Cat & Frog, a teleporter company. Armed with a peashooter, he has to clean the teleporters of strange black monsters. The player has to work their way through a series of linear stages, by means of running, gunning and jumping. USGamer described the gameplay as "akin to ... Contra or old-school, pre-Symphony of the Night Castlevanias." Furthermore, the game is controlled by changing direction, jumping, firing your weapon and changing your weapon. Holding down the fire button continues to fire in the direction you were facing when you started shooting.

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Price: $5-$15

21# ChronoBlade - 2018

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ChronoBlade is an indie 2D free-to-play online game developed and published by independent video game company nWay Games. It was currently published on Facebook and is expected to be launched on Android and IOS devices.

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Price: Free

22# ACA NEOGEO SPIN MASTER - 2017

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SPIN MASTER is a side-scrolling action game released by Data East in 1993. The adventurer Johnny along with his best friend Tom will use a large variety of weapons and attacks in order to retrieve his beloved and the stolen treasure map from the mad scientist Dr. De Playne. The "ACA NEOGEO" series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores. Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

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Price: $5-$15

23# Forged in Battle: Man at Arms - 2016

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Like an ingot of iron, you will be... FORGED IN BATTLE. Hone your forging abilities with five mini-games that make you feel like a true swordsmith With your forged weapons, battle Lord Vandhars evil forces Unleash apocalyptic battalion attacks to decimate your enemies Gather resources throughout five unique battlefields and later use for improving your weapons effectiveness Forged in Battle: Man at Arms is based on the hit web series, Man at Arms: Reforged

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25# The Dragon Sword - 2021

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明朝末年,朝政腐敗,魏忠賢獨攬大權,大肆誅殺異己,前錦衣衛指揮使聶玉弓因不忍枉殺忠良,得罪了奸臣魏忠賢,遭其陷害以致家破人亡。抗金名將袁崇煥上奏摺稱頌魏忠賢的功德,相反魏忠賢派使其黨羽以袁崇煥不救錦州為由,彈劾袁崇煥,從此揭開了一場鬥智鬥力的曲折開端……

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Price: $15-$25

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