Best Platformer
Resolutely old-school in design, the humble platformer has been an industry stalwart synonymous with fun, pick up and play gameplay. The best platformers of the year combined classic gameplay with innovative new features and slick mechanics that made them a true joy to play. Level design and excellently implemented physics showcase the best the genre has to offer, serving up fresh ideas and situations at an exhilarating pace.
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Yooka-Laylee had the twinkling of the Rare greats but it was missing a little something despite all the talent on board. This is not the case for Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, a 2.5D platformer which feels like the second coming of Rare. If you told us in a blind test this was a Retro Studios joint, we’d have no reason to doubt you. That’s about as high as praise gets.
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2nd
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Look, don’t fight us on this, Trials Rising is a platformer. It’s a platformer on two wheels is all, which is the best type of platformer. Not every two-wheeled platformer can as good as Elastomania but damn if Trials Rising comes close. RedLynx has physics-based platforming down to an art, leaving the player teetering on the precipice between success and total failure at all times.
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3rd
Very Hot
Yoshi’s Crafted World is the ultimate gaming comfort food. Every square inch of Crafted World is filled with charm, like a little toybox that encourages prodding, poking, and rummaging around. Playable solo or with a buddy, Yoshi’s Crafted World is satisfying if slightly easy platformer, rounded out with occasional puzzle solving and a whole lot of adventure.
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