After discussing the 10 best indie horror games and 5 best indie walking-sim games, it's time to cover the platformer game genre. It is a genre in which you can count many different games which incorporate mechanics belonging to other types of games. Still, here we wanted to gather in a single collection those that we consider among the best of the genre and that any lover of platformer certainly can not pass up.
5. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest that takes everything that was good about the first chapter and takes it even further. In this platformer game, we play little Ori who, like in his predecessor, will have to fight enemies and overcome pitfalls to complete his mission in an almost dreamlike and very suggestive setting. All the characters, as well as the settings, have been created by hand with great care, using an extraordinary technique. Following in the footsteps of the first chapter, Ori and the Will of the Wisps also boasts an exciting soundtrack and story.
Gris is another platformer where emotions will carry you for the duration of the title. In this game we will impersonate a girl named Gris who will have to deal with a strong inner pain, to keep her company during her journey there will be her cloak which from time to time will give her new abilities. Unlike other exponents of the genre, in Gris there are no enemies or dangers, the pace is relaxed and for this reason, it is a game suitable for everyone. Furthermore, there is no text or dialogue of any kind, everything will be told only with images. All gamers who love games where their emotions are put to the test will find bread for their teeth in Gris.
Limbo is a platformer video game with strong puzzle components in which we play as a boy with no name. All we know is that the protagonist is looking for his sister in a forest where he meets a big spider that tries to kill him. After managing to free himself from the clutches of the spider, the boy will have to survive various dangers that lurk within the game world of Limbo, until he fails to complete his mission. Limbo is a game that will surely captivate you with the way it was developed and the way it was told.
Celeste puts us in the shoes of Madeline, a girl who will have to try to find peace from her inner demons trying to get to the top of Mount Celeste. This is also a very evocative and exciting platformer, entirely created by hand. Celeste manages to involve players throughout its duration thanks to an excellent narrative and thanks also to the growing level of challenge that the game offers. In fact, as the adventure continues, the scenarios will become increasingly complex to complete. Celeste is an excellent platformer for those who are passionate about great stories but don't mind a little more difficult gameplay as well.
1. The Artful Escape
The Artful Escape is a platformer with strong rhythm-game components in which we play the role of the young boy Francis Vendetti. To escape the heavy inheritance of his deceased uncle that Francis carries on his shoulders, he decides to start a psychedelic journey in a cosmic universe, to the rhythm of rock music (the boy's true passion). Among aliens, music, and twists, the story of The Artful Escape is told in a masterly way and will involve you from the beginning until the end. The soundtrack, of course, is the real strength of this game and it will accompany you all the time. If you are a lover of psychedelic rock and aliens, The Artful Escape is probably the right game for you.