Top 10 2D Platformers on PlayStation 4 (First Two Years)

Top 10 2D Platformers on PlayStation 4

Two years of two dimensions

A.J. Maciejewski

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Today is PlayStation 4's second anniversary. Looking back over the past couple of years, one genre stands out to me as having many incredible titles released for the system. That being said, please enjoy my top 10 2D platformers on PlayStation 4 so far.

10 Chariot

Some games are made to be played cooperatively. This is the case with Chariot which puts you and a friend in control of a couple of cuties who work together to return their dead king to where he belongs. It's very tricky with plenty of physics-based puzzles but if you're itching to play a platformer with a chum then you can't get much better than this.

9 Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut

It's strange to see a five year old DSiWare game ported to PlayStation 4 but when it comes to Shantae then you know you're in for a quality adventure. Controlling the little half-genie to cast a wide array of spells and transform into helpful animals makes this journey quite a varied buffet of great platformer gameplay mechanics. [Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review]

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut screenshot
Who knew a genie's hair could be such a powerful weapon?

8 Super Meat Boy

When anyone thinks of a modern classic 2D platformer then Super Meat Boy is probably the first game that comes to mind. Featuring extremely difficult gameplay set in seemingly impossible scenarios; you'll either delight in the challenge or smash your controller in a fit of rage. Whatever the case is, you'll never look at ground beef the same way again. [Super Meat Boy Review]

7 Mega Man Legacy Collection

Mega Man has a long history of amazing games and it all started on the NES. In this collection, you get to play all six of his 8-bit outings in one place. Also, a huge list of challenges will train any fan to become a Wily-crushing machine. [Mega Man Legacy Collection Review]

Mega Man Legacy Collection screenshot
Mega Man has a bone to pick with Skull Man

6 Spelunker World

Seeing as it just arrived earlier this week, Spelunker World must be pretty special to make it on this list. You can trust me; it is. Not only is it a great old-school platformer that you can play with up to five other players online, it's also completely free. So, put your wallet away and read my article to know why you should give it a download. What are you waiting for? There's treasure to be found!

5 N++

If you thought Super Meat Boy was tough then you should try N++. The unique physics-based momentum mechanics make it tricky just to figure out how to complete each stage... and there are hundreds upon hundreds of them. Once you put your ninja skills to the test, you'll be surprised how even the slightest slip-up could result in your demise. [N++ Review]

N++ screenshot
The path of the ninja is filled with stylistic 2D graphics

4 Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy is an incredible rogue-like platformer with RPG elements. Every time you die, your offspring continue your quest. Too bad your genes aren't of the best stock since most of your descendants possess abnormalities that can be a real thorn in their side. This isn't a big deal because they'll likely be dead soon and can then pass the torch down to the next chump. [Rogue Legacy Review]

3 Trine Enchanted Edition

Trine is one of my personal favourite platformers of all time with its beautifully detailed environments, tight gameplay, and intriguing puzzles that you can solve in many different ways. This edition manages to make the experience even better, so put on some 3D glasses and immerse yourself in the colourful world of Trine. Also, why not download Trine 2: Complete Story while you're at it? It's one of PlayStation 4's most impressive launch titles. [Trine Enchanted Edition Review]

Trine Enchanted Edition screenshot
Amadeus the Wizard needs a helping hand so he can progress in his journey

2 Rayman Legends

One of the most trusted names in platforming is Rayman and for good reason. The series is renowned for its exhilarating gameplay and crazy sense of humour and Legends manages to take these to the next level. If you haven't played it yet then you're missing out on one truly memorable platforming masterpiece. Don't make Globox sad; pick up a copy and enjoy!

1 Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight took the world by storm when it first came out and considering it's now available for every major console, there's no excuse for not playing it. Do I really need to say anything else? This game is amazing. [Shovel Knight Review]

Shovel Knight screenshot
Shovel Knight and Shield Knight celebrate their victory of claiming first place
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