Puzzle platformers change the pace from other platformers. These games combine the precise jumping and movement of classic platformers with challenging puzzles that require players to use their heads as well as their reflexes. It’s a genre that’s been around for decades, but has experienced a renaissance in recent years thanks to the rise of indie games. Today, we’re taking a look at five of the best 2D puzzle platformers you overlooked.
First up is Rochard, a game that puts players in the shoes of astro-miner John Rochard as he explores an asteroid mine filled with puzzles and danger. The game’s physics-based mechanics and clever puzzles make for a unique experience that’s both fun and challenging. The game’s visuals are impressive, with a cartoony style that adds to the game’s charm.
Next on the list is BattleBlock Theater, a game from the creators of the equally brilliant Castle Crashers. BattleBlock Theater’s charming aesthetic and devilishly clever puzzles make it a must-play for fans of the genre. The game also features a co-op mode that’s a blast to play with friends.
Inside is a game that needs no introduction. From the creators of Limbo, Inside is a hauntingly beautiful game that takes players on a journey through a dystopian world full of puzzles and danger. The game’s atmosphere is second to none, and the puzzles are cleverly designed to make players feel smart when they figure them out.
Trine is a series of games that’s all about co-op puzzle-solving. The games feature three characters, each with their own unique abilities, and require players to use them all in tandem to progress through the levels. The games are beautiful, with lush, hand-painted environments that bring the world to life.
Finally, we have The Swapper, a mind-bending sci-fi puzzler that’s a must-play for fans of the genre. The game’s unique cloning mechanic is the key to its puzzles, and the game’s story is a deep dive into questions of identity and consciousness.
All of these games are must-plays for fans of 2D puzzle platformers. Each one offers a unique take on the genre, and each one will challenge you in different ways. If you’re looking for a break from the more action-oriented platformers out there, give these games a try.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our own game, Beware, on Steam. While it’s not a puzzle platformer, we’re huge fans of the genre and we think our game offers a unique experience that’s worth checking out. So head on over to Steam and wishlist the game today!