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Old 10-09-2012, 03:42 PM
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Greetings,

I am attempting to make a master list of worthwhile platformers and would like to enlist the assistance of others to make suggestions of games and discuss the categories that I came up with.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:43 PM
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The following is a preliminary list subject to change based upon our discussions.

HOP AND BOP


(Image: Pizza Boy by Acne Play)

Gameplay focuses on jumping on top of enemies. Classic examples include Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.

1-Bit Ninja (SD) Review
Awesome Land (U) Thread
Black Tie Adventure (SD) Thread
Bounce On (SD) Thread
Bounce On 2 (U) Thread
Giana Sisters (SD) Review
Kid Vector (U) Thread
Kung Fu Rabbit (U) Thread
Lars (U) Thread
Little Acorns (U) Review
Miss Claire Garden (SD) Thread
Paper Monsters (U) Review
Pizza Boy (SD) Review
Pizza vs. Skeletons (U) Review
Polyroll (U) Thread
Rat on the Run (U) Thread
Sonic CD (U) Review
Sonic the Hedgehog (SD) Thread
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SD) Review
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (SD+HD) Review
Soosiz (SD+HD) Review
Stardash (U) Review
Super World Adventures (SD) Thread
Ultra Dario (U) Thread
Wawa Land (SD+HD) Thread

RUN AND GUN


(Image: Star Marine: Infinite Ammo by Glitchsoft)

Gameplay focuses on shooting enemies. Classic examples include Contra and Gunstar Heroes.

Another Shot (SD) Thread
Apocalypse Max (U) Review
Arcade Jumper (U) Review
Bit-1 (SD) Thread
Clash Force (U) Thread
Commander Cool (U) Thread
Gun Runner (U) Thread
Gunman Clive (U) Review
Gunstar Heroes (SD) Article
INC (U) Review
Project 83113 (U) Review
Random Heroes (U) Review
Scorched Monster (U) Thread
Star Marine (SD) Thread

METROIDVANIA


(Image: Swordigo by Touch Foo)

Gameplay focuses on open-world exploration and/or adventure. Classic examples include Castlevania and Metroid.

Akane the Kunoichi
Astronot
Avenger
Beyond Dead
Blade of Betrayal
Bubble Pig
Castle of Magic
Commander Pixman
Dark Incursion
Demon Hunter
Earthworm Jim
Elemental Rage
Emberwind
Fancy Pants Adventures
Frogatto
Grokion
Illusia
Incoboto
J-Werewolf
Kale in Dinoland
League of Evil 1&2
Lumi
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Maxplosion
Megaman 2&X
Meganoid
Megatroid
Nyx Quest
Prince of Persia Retro
Robot Wants Kitty
RobotRiot
Run, Jump, Kill
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Swordigo
Terra Noctis
The Adventures of Timmy
Waking Mars

PHYSICS PUZZLER


(Image: Wimp: Who Stole My Pants? by Flexile Studio)

Gameplay can include object physics puzzles and/or character based ability challenges. Classic examples include Penguin Land and The Lost Vikings.

Alien Hominid
Amazing Brok
Archibald's Adventures
Babylonian Twins
Bean's Quest
Bring Me Sandwiches
Cavorite 1&2
Chop Chop Caveman
Clay's Reverie
Cordy
CreaVures
Goose Cogs
Gravbot
Grim
Hook Champ
Inertia Escape Velocity
Jazz: Trump's Journey
Kami Retro
Karoshi
Lad
Lost Winds 1&2
Mike & Milkbox
Miner Disturbance
Nihilumbra
Niko
Ninja Boy
Nom Nation Thread
One Tap Hero
Pixiline and the Jungle Treasure
Qwak
Rinth Island
Rolando 1&2
Storm in a Teacup
Super Lemonade Factory
They Need to be Fed (1-2)
Unstoppable Jake
Wimp: Who Stole My Pants

ARENA BATTLE


(Image: Super Crate Box by Vlambeer)

Gameplay focuses on fighting within a closed environment. Classic examples include Donkey Kong and Bubble Bobble.

Autoboy
Blast Soccer
Bloo Kid
Bubble Bobble Double
Chrono & Cash
Muffin Knight
Oh Hi! Octopi!
Rod Land
Spell Sword
Super Crate Box

RUNNER


(Image: Mikey Shorts by BeaverTap Games)

Gameplay focuses on speed/auto running and obstacle avoidance. Examples include Canabalt and Mirror's Edge.

Bitless
Canabalt
Cheeseman
Choco Run
Don't Run with a Plasma Sword
Frenzy Pop (SD+HD) Review
Hook Worlds
IX-Runner
Kid Tripp
Mega Run
Mikey Hooks
Mikey Shorts
Mirror's Edge
Mos Speedrun
Pix'n Love Rush
Rayman Jungle Run
Robot Unicorn Attack
Super Quick Hook
Wind-up Knight

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas on these categories and suggested titles. I will add links to articles, reviews, and discussions as time permits.

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Old 10-09-2012, 04:47 PM
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I forgot to add Physics Puzzle Platformer to the list (object movement, catapulting, and multiple characters mechanics included) and found this nice article on platform game classifications on Wikipedia that I would like to take a closer look at: http://bit.ly/UQ0X8H
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:29 PM
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An updated Category list based on the referenced article:

Hop and Bop

Gameplay focus is jumping on enemies. Classic examples include Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog

Run and Gun

Gameplay focus is shooting enemies. Classic examples include Contra and Gunstar Heroes.

Metroidvania

Gameplay focuses on expansive open-world exploration and adventure. Classic examples include Castlevania and Metroid.

Physics Puzzle

Gameplay can include object physics puzzles and/or character based ability challenges. Classic examples include Penguin Land and The Lost Vikings.

Arena Battle

Gameplay focuses on fighting within a closed environment. Classic examples include Donkey Kong and Bubble Bobble.

Auto-Runner

A modern category born from the practice of speed running through classic platform games. Examples include Canabalt and Mirror's Edge.

Please let me know your thoughts and game suggestions.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:38 PM
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I added a preliminary list in the second post.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:50 PM
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What about non-autorunning speedrun platformers. In other words, platformers in which the main goal is to get from a to be as quickly as possible. For example, 1000 Heroz (err...forgot the name, it's by RedLynx...more of a racing game on foot, actually), Mos Speedrun, etc.

One category which I believe should be included is Adventure Platformers, especially when you consider their popularity. Those games which straddle the line between an adventure/rpg and a platformer. Swordigo, Swords & Sorcery, etc.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:34 PM
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What about non-autorunning speedrun platformers. In other words, platformers in which the main goal is to get from a to be as quickly as possible. For example, 1000 Heroz (err...forgot the name, it's by RedLynx...more of a racing game on foot, actually), Mos Speedrun, etc.

One category which I believe should be included is Adventure Platformers, especially when you consider their popularity. Those games which straddle the line between an adventure/rpg and a platformer. Swordigo, Swords & Sorcery, etc.
Excellent suggestion with the former - I changed the category to Runner instead of Auto-Runner. Concerning the latter, the adventures such as Swordigo fit into the Metroidvania category. Unfortunately the beautiful Sword & Sworcery is a point and click adventure rather than a platformer.
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I'm trying now to figure out where Kung Fu Rabbit and Run, Jump, Kill! would fit in. I may have to create a separate Hack & Slash category. Any suggestions? Also, do you know of anything similar?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:38 PM
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Now I have Undead Ocean to add to the Above Hack & Slash Category.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:59 PM
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great effort, thx!
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