Now I love me a good platformer. Who doesn’t? From the jump-a-bunch wholesomeness of Super Mario Bros. to the world exploring and backtracking of Metroidvanias, there are so many to choose from. You probably know about the big name platformers like Bloodstained, Hollow Knight and Cuphead. But the public doesn’t seem to give much attention to lower budget gems, most likely because they don’t know. And that’s where this article comes in! I’m going to tell about three indie platformers you should get your hands on!
A good amount of gamers are willing to sink a ton of hours into RPGs but not platformers. Well they’re in luck with Janosik, as this game can be completed in about 3 hours. This game has a light story and gameplay that requires a decent amount of skill. There’s a wide variety of enemies and you have quite a few ways of attacking. You can play this to kill time in short bursts or just finish it in one go. Did I mention it’s free?
GOG Link: https://www.gog.com/game/janosik
Maybe you want a platformer that is bit more of a challenge and requires much more of your time. Chasm provides this in droves. In this game you head into the underground to fight monsters and save people. You can fight with lances, swords, axes and other weapons. The various weapon types attack differently, which is a nice bonus. With numerous side missions and unlockables this is a grindy experience that’ll force you to buckle down.
GOG Link: https://www.gog.com/game/chasm
Steam Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/312200/Chasm/
If you want a nice Metroidvania with tight platforming and collectibles galore, this is it. What might look like a cutesy, childish game is actually a game full of puzzles and light combat. You’ll be going over old spots with new upgrades on a quest to get all the loot. This game keeps track of numerous stats as to encourage 100% completion. I believe it took me around 9 hours to beat but I still had things left to collect. And it turns out this game is a sequel to Alwa’s Awakening, a game that has since been added to my wishlist.
GOG Link: https://www.gog.com/game/alwas_legacy
So there it is! Three indie platformers you should get your hands on! All of them for different playstyles and time-constraints, I’m sure one of these is the right one for you. Enjoy!