Top 15 Best Platform Games on PlayStation 4
The PlayStation 4 features a ton of great platform games. Here are the best platformers it has to offer.
Updated: This post has been updated on November of 2017.
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Love the platformer genre and own the PlayStation 4? Then you’re in luck as we have some of the very best platformers available on the console listed below. You won’t want to skip out on this list, as we have video game titles from independent developers to a massive upcoming release still in development.
While this list is in no particular order, we would like to know what platformer you think is worth playing on the PS4. Let us know by leaving a comment down below.
Tembo the Badass Elephant
Tembo the Badass Elephant is pretty self-explanatory. Players take control of an elephant named Tembo, who really is badass. Within the game, Tembo must stop an evil army known as Phantom from taking over his hometown, Shell City. Luckily Tembo has the capability of being able to smash, ram, punch, stomp and spray water in order to rid the city from the invading enemies.
Another interesting point to make mention on Tembo the Badass Elephant is the development team, Game Freak. If the name sounds familiar to you then it’s likely because you’ve seen it displayed on practically every Pokemon game.
Grow Home comes from the development studio Ubisoft Reflections and was originally developed for an internal release between staff. The only problem is that the game was too much fun and developers decided to go ahead and make the game full release on Windows and PlayStation 4. Players control B.U.D., a robot that is tasked with growing plants to oxygenate the planet. Within Grow Home’s open world, players traverse and plant “Star Shoots” which are giant beanstalks to reach various platforms in order to harvest more seeds.
Trine 2: The Complete Story
Trine 2, the sequel to Trine, takes place years after the events of the first game. Players will be joining Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief in a brand new journey as the follow the pleas from Trine. Gameplay is similar to the original Trine so if you enjoyed the game we suggest picking up Trine 2: The Complete Story which also includes the Goblin Menace expansion.
The fifth game within the Trials franchise and the follow-up to Trials Evolution comes Trials Fusion. If you’ve never played a Trials game, the title is more of a platform racer. Players control a biker that makes his way through various courses and obstacles though because of the physics within the game, getting through courses is easier said than done. Regardless of its difficulty, Trials Fusion remains to be an amazing platformer. Since its release, Ubisoft has provided six DLC packs along with free content downloads.
There’s a good chance you know about Fez. Fez is a puzzle-platformer that follows the character, Gomez. One day Gomez receives a fez and with it his whole world has changed before his eyes. No longer was the world flat in 2d but instead there was a new dimension that could allow Gomez to reach new areas.
Gomez is tasked with collecting cubes in order to restore the universe balance. In order to obtain these cubes, players will have to rotate Gomez’s entire world to reach new locations. Ever since Fez came out into the marker back in 2012, fans new and old can’t get enough of the game. A sequel to the game was once even announced before Phil Fish canceled the project and vocally left the game industry.
Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders Swap Force is the third main installment in the Skylanders franchise. During an annual eruption ceremony of the volcano that fuels Skylands’ magic, an evil villain tries to destroy it. Fortunately, a team of Skylanders known as the Swap Force was there to protect it but was blown away by the eruption during their attempt. Now the Sky Force team becomes stranded on Earth and learn that the eruption gave them the ability to mix and match powers. Now the group must make way back and stop the foes that have now taken over the Cloudbreak Islands.
Axiom Verge is an indie video game which was inspired by classic titles like Metroid, Contra, and Bionic Commando. The story of Axiom Verge is based around a scientist that awakes from a lab accident and discovers that he is stranded on an alien world. Now the scientist must explore the terrain, gather power-ups, face alien creatures, and ultimately make his way back home. If you enjoyed classic NES and SNES titles then you’ll want to check out Axiom Verge.
Not much can be said about N++ other than the gameplay is incredibly addicting. This is the sequel to N+ where players take the role of a ninja figure. Players are tasked with a mission to collect gold coins, avoid detection from machines while making their way to an exit point. Not only is N++ fun but offers plenty of levels within the game to keep players entertained endlessly.
Originally released as freeware for Windows, Spelunky has since released on a number of different platforms including the PlayStation 4. Players control a spelunker that is in search of treasure within a series of different caves. While underground, players will also be susceptible to enemies, traps and, of course, the damsels in need of rescuing. Spelunky can be entertaining and unique as levels are randomly generated with four distinct areas that increase in difficulty.
Guacamelee is a platformer beat ‘em up that picks up in a Mexican village. Our main protagonist, Juan Agucate, is a farmer that is in love with El Presidente’s daughter. One day an evil charro skeleton named Carlos Calaca attacks the village and kidnaps the our hero’s love. During the process, Juan is killed where he awakes in the land of the dead. Thanks to a luchador named Tostada, Juan receives a special mask that transforms him into a powerful luchador and brings him back to the land of the living so that he may stop Carlos and rescue El Presidente’s daughter.
Rogue Legacy is a unique platformer that lets players explore randomly generated dungeons where they will meet up and battle against various bosses. What makes this game a bit unique is that each time a player dies they receive a new character. Each character, however, comes with its own genetic peculiarities which could mean color-blindness, making the game display in only black and white or their character could have ADHD which will allow the player move faster.
Shovel Knight is a 2D sidescroller that resembles the old school days of 8bit video games. The story of Shovel Knight is based around two characters, Shovel Knight and Shield Knight. During one of their journeys, Shield Knight is captured and locked inside the Tower of Fate. Heartbroken, Shovel Knight goes into exile until he hears the Tower of Fate is unsealed thanks to the evil Enchantress who wishes to spread her evil reign across the land. Hearing the news, Shovel Knight returns to the land in hopes to rescue Shield Knight with his trusty weapon, a shovel. We highly recommend Shovel Knight and there’re enough awards and nominations for the game that should sway players into at least trying the game out.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is actually the remake of the popular platformer Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Players take control of Abe Oddysee, a Mudokon and prisoner of the RuptureFarms, a meat-processing plant within Oddworld. Abe learns that RuptureFarms will turn their Mudokon prisoners into one of their tasty meat products. Now with this new information at hand, Abe decides to break free, rescue his fellow prisoners and claim their homeland once again.
Tearaway Unfolded is the retelling of the video game Tearaway on the PlayStation Vita. If you haven’t played the PS Vita title, Tearaway is based around a messenger with a mission to deliver messages but in order to do so, the messenger will have to traverse through obstacle filled areas. This entire world is constructed by paper leaving some of the environment interactive, for instance on the PS Vita, players were able to use the rear touch panel to give an effect of pushing their fingers through the world in order to progress through certain areas. Now players are able to enjoy an expanded version of the game on the PlayStation 4.
Rayman is back with his friends when in a brand new story. This time around Rayman finds a mystical painting that can transport him into a new mythical world. Up to four cooperative players are able to join in and help Rayman get back home the only way they know how, by running, jumping and slapping their way through each mythical world. Rayman Legends is an ideal game if you want to enjoy a platformer with a group of friends and of course it helps if you’re a fan of the Rayman franchise, you’ll want to note that there are several Rayman Origin levels was also added in with improved visuals.
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank is a classic platformer that many of us remember playing when we were younger. The franchise has fallen a bit on hard times though it’s likely this new re-imagining of the very first title within the series will spark interest back up for the franchise once again. The game is set to release early 2016 whereas the film based on the video game will be releasing on April 29, 2016. We’re thrilled to see Ratchet & Clank is receiving a proper reboot especially knowing that the game is in good hands with some of the developers from the first title working on this re-imagining for the PlayStation 4 release.
Super Time Force Ultra
The pixel-art style in Super Time Force Ultra may put some players off the game, but we think it looks great: the environments all have their own distinct character, weapon effects pop, and the characters themselves all bring a lot of pizzazz to the game. It’s got everything you could want from an ‘80s Saturday morning cartoon, too – dinosaurs on skateboards, explosions, and space ships.
The neatest thing about the game, though, is the team-based rewind mechanic. You’ve only got a short time to make it through each level, and in order to make it through all the enemies and obstacles, you use the “time out” feature to rewind time and insert other characters (or duplicates, even) into the action. What winds up happening is a mind-bending co-op session with yourself.
This mechanic sets up all kinds of crazy action-based puzzles, including the boss fights. While they seem impossible to complete in the time limit at first, as you add more and more characters to the fight, you’ll eventually take them down in a couple seconds. Satisfyingly, too, once you’ve completed a level you get to watch the action replayed in real time.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a staple video game character. Decades have passed and to this day, there are still new Sonic games being pumped out. While some of the more recent releases haven’t fetched the same fame and glory for Sega as the initial releases, there is one title that is really becoming hyped up.
Sonic Mania is an side-scrolling platformer that fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog titles are eager to get their hands on. This particular Sonic title will return to the original gameplay and visual art styles. However, gamers can expect new boss fights, expanded levels along with new elements new to the franchise.
In Little Nightmares players will be taking on the role of a young girl named Six who had been kidnapped from her home and forced to work at a place known as The Maw, an underwater resort.
The resort caters to the powerful elite, forcing Six to serve their needs. One day, Six is presented with a way back to freedom, though during her journey out of the unpredictable world of The Maw, Six catches the glimpse of the corruption of modern happiness.
A Hat in Time
Developers Gears for Breakfast released a platformer that resembles some of the more beloved platform titles released for the Nintendo 64. A Hat in Time, will play out similarly to Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie, as there is a heavy emphasis on collecting missing pieces scattered through the game world.
In the overall story, players will take on the role of a young girl named Hat Kid. Hat Kid has the ability to interstellar travel, though during her way home she is intercepted by a Mafia group under control of the evil Mustache Girl.
Stranded, Hat Kid must collect her missing “time pieces” that have been scattered throughout the world before she is able to refuel her ship, but she will be racing against the clock as Mustache Girl and her goons are collecting them as well.
Development team Playtonic Games contains several former key staff members from studio Rare. As such, the team has opted to make a spiritual successor to one of their previous successful titles, Banjo-Kazooie.
Much like Banjo-Kazooie, there will be plenty of items to collect during your platform adventure. Furthermore, similar to Banjo-Kazooie, there will be two main characters who must stop the evil Dr. Quak from stealing all the world literature and selling it for profit.
Cuphead is a run and gun style platformer by development team Studio MDHR. The story revolves around a character known as Cuphead who loses a bet against the devil and in order to repay that debt, he must take out a series of bosses. Really, Cuphead is gaining all kinds of attention online simply due to its design. Studio MDHR has developed Cuphead in order to look similar to a 1930s cartoon.
Developed by Playdead, creators of the 2010 video game Limbo, players will receive the same feel of tone with Inside. In the game, players take on the role of a young boy who is forced to go through a harsh and dangerous dystopia.
Much of the same gameplay mechanics are brought over to Inside from Limbo. With that said, gamers can also expect a dark and gloomy artistic view.
Speaking of Limbo, we are also adding this title to our list. While it’s been available for years now, if you have yet to enjoy the indie title which features a young boy navigating around an eerie world then you’re missing out.
Unravel comes from developers Coldwood Interactive which tells a story of a small yarn figured. Players are tasked with going out to locate memories, but being of yarn, to progress, our protagonist must unravel its yarn to reach new areas.
This is largely a puzzle game as much as it is a platformer. As our yarn figure loses more yarn to reach a new area, gamers must figure out a means to claim more yarn or use what’s available effectively.
Crash Banidcoot N. Sane Trilogy
You’re likely fully aware of the video game franchise Crash Bandicoot, which got its start on the original Sony PlayStation. Now, decades later, the video game franchise has received a proper remastered collection.
Crash Bandicoot Remastered Collection will includes Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and lastly, Crash Bandicoot: Warped.