One of the most popular genres on Xbox One is easily the platformer genre. Hell, I dare say that platformer games have been a long running favorite since the 90s. With that in mind, it can be tricky at times picking the wheat from the chaff, and that’s where we come in. We’ve carefully selected the five best platformers on Xbox One that we feel will be more than worthy of your time and attention. If you’ve yet to play any of the games below, we highly advise that you remedy that at your earliest convenience. So without further ado, let’s get stuck in.
Ori and the Blind Forest – Trailer
Ori was always going to take top spot here, and quite fittingly too, given that the sequel is well under way. What makes Ori and the Blind Forest so special is its ability to relay such a heart warming story without ever uttering a single word. Moon Studio’s wonderful design of not only the game’s puzzles and platforming sections, but its visuals and its audio, collectively goes hand in glove to produce one of the most distinct and compelling platformers of the decade. If there’s one game on this list you should go for, make it Ori.
Cuphead – Trailer
Cuphead, you ridiculously difficult game you. Though, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cuphead instills that age old feeling of if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. This is a game that will bring you to your knees for hours at a time before you eventually suss out the perfect motion to overcome whatever tough level or boss has stood in your way. It’s one of the most challenging platformers I have ever played, but easily the most rewarding, too. It helps, of course, that its 30s-esque cartoon style is stunning to behold from start to end.
A Hat in Time – Trailer
I wont lie. Before A Hat in Time was announced for Xbox One, I hadn’t even heard of it. Once it was announced, a swift bit of research shown me that this was a massively acclaimed platformer that had previously released elsewhere. Come release on Xbox One, I was excited to get stuck in, and boy, do I wish I could erase my memory and go at the entire game all over again. I’ll put it to you like this, ladies and gentlemen. A Hat in Time is the closest thing you’ll get to 3D platformer perfection since Mario 64, and no, I do not say that lightly.
Sonic Mania – Trailer
Sonic the Hedgehog has had his fair share of ups and downs. Despite popular belief, I actually enjoyed the recently released Sonic Forces, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to Sonic Mania. What makes Sonic Mania so brilliant is that it returns to the formula that made Sonic great to begin with, sitting firmly inline with the likes of Sonic 2 and Sonic & Knuckles. Challenging but fair, and absolutely gorgeous to look at, Sonic Mania went on to be one of the highest rated Sonic games in over a decade, and for good reason too. Now, where’s the sequel?
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – Trailer
I made a point in my review of Super Lucky’s Tale that it was far too simple, far too basic and far too easy to be considered a true platformer. It didn’t help that it released alongside the PlayStation 4’s timed exclusivity of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – one of the best platformer collections of all time. The N. Sane Trilogy combines remasters of the first three Crash games in one neat package, and believe me, this goes far beyond that of a traditional remaster. If you’ve yet to pick this up, I cant stress enough how much you need this in your life.
So, there you have it. Our top five platformers available on Xbox One. Again, this list was not easy to come up with, simply due to the wide selection of epic platformers available on the platform. Special mention goes to the likes of Rayman Legends, Oddworld, Sonic Forces, Never Alone, Celeste, and Yooka-Laylee. No, Super Lucky’s Tale does not get a spot on this list. Why? Because it’s pants in my opinion. What about you? Do you have any platformers that you would have added to this list? Hit the comment section below to get in on the action.