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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Platform

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Portal 2
Super Metroid
Super Mario World
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Assassin's Creed II
Psychonauts
New Super Mario Bros. Wii


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Well, I've played Portal, and I've played a little of Psychonauts. And I've played a Super Mario platformer on my DS Lite. All very good games, but I have a low tolerance for anything real-time or dependent on dexterity.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
...And I've played a Super Mario platformer on my DS Lite. All very good games, but I have a low tolerance for anything real-time or dependent on dexterity.


Lol, you crack me up, "a Super Mario platformer". What about Super Mario Brothers 1 or 2??? Both classics! I loved #2 as a kid. I felt it was so creative, well designed, tight controls, and lots of fun. I'm surprised they're not higher on the list compared to the other SMB franchise games (64 is great too).

I hear yah about a game being too dependent on dexterity. I don't want it to be so crazy hard it's beyond frustrating to complete. I don't hate dexterity driven games completely, just allow us players to change difficulty setting if we want. Time is short. Sometimes it feels pointless to master a specific skill for a game to beat it only to never use that skill again in real life, lol. Plus, I like to just have fun and complete it sometime this century. Designers please remember to toss in an Easy Mode for us casual gamers, hehehe...worst case add an * to our final score. Beat the game but "*".

I've yet to give the popular indie game Super Meat Boy a go. I should soon, just to see how hard it is. I loved Fez. I know there's nothing in common between the two games, but in my mind they've been forever linked because of the time period they released and the fact that the Indie Game movie featured them together.

@ Phil Fish, Please make Fez 2!!! Don't let the harassers get yah down! Phil! Phil! Phil! Fez 2! Fez 2!
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...And I've played a Super Mario platformer on my DS Lite. All very good games, but I have a low tolerance for anything real-time or dependent on dexterity.

Lol, you crack me up, "a Super Mario platformer". What about Super Mario Brothers 1 or 2??? Both classics!

I honestly don't remember what the game I played was called. It had "Super Mario" in the title and was for the DS. I had bought it for my wife as a gag gift, but later I played at it a little myself.

Up until that moment, I had dismissed all Mario games as kids' stuff. I remember my nephew playing one when he was practically a baby. I certainly never expected to play one myself, as I was in my thirties then.

But when I reached my fifties, I took a liking to Mario Kart DS. And the platformer (whatever it was called) was pretty good too--just not something I'd stick with for very long. I accidentally picked up some of the lingo, though. Every once in a while when I'm leaving for work in the morning, I say, "Here I go!" in a Mario voice.
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Growing up in the 80s, platformers were where it was at for the home market. Too many to list here, but besides classics like Mario and Sonic, there's also classics like the Mega Man series, Shinobi series, Wonder Boy/Adventure Island, Castlevania, and many, many more!

Mario games might look like kid stuff, but there's enough challenge in them to make them satisfying experiences for older players too.

My favorite oddball platformer: Decap Attack!
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I've played a surprising number of platformers. When I was growing up, they were kind-of the standard type of game of Gameboy or Intellivision, but I still play them from time to time on PC.

My favorites:

Portal series
Rogue Legacy
Terraria
Fez
Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy!
Trine series
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
Up until that moment, I had dismissed all Mario games as kids' stuff. ... I say, "Here I go!" in a Mario voice.


That's why platformers to me are such a great "fun for everyone" type game genre. Kids can pick them up with ease but older gamers can still enjoy them as well. Especially if the world and characters are creative, full of puzzles, cool item/s & gadgets to find that unlock this or that. AND this is coming from a person who loves Econ & Biz, 4X, 18xx games, lol. Do I hear that little Mario voice coming out again? Dusting off the old NES yet? Hehehehe. You should totally give SMB 2 a try! "There you go!" Luigi responds.

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Too many to list here, but besides classics like Mario and Sonic, there's also classics like the Mega Man series...

Yes!!! Mega Man series and Sonic series! Excellent examples of platform classics...oh and Kirby, and even more modern classic franchises like Ratchet & Clank or Spyro.

Decap Attack, never heard of it. Interesting. That was like me and Little Nemo (NES). I loved that one, but none of my friends had heard of it.

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Did someone say Intellivision?!!!!! Everyone I knew had an Atari. I was the only kid with an Intellivision, but to me it was so much better (although, I did miss out on Yars' Revenge). Utopia, Frog Bog (Frogs & Flies), the D&D games, Sub Hunt (my brother and I would turn the couch into a "sub fort" and play from under the cushions), Triple Action, Baseball!!!
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I mostly played platformers growing up. NES/SNES Super Mario games & Sonic mostly. More recently Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time & the Portal series.
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Did someone say Intellivision?!!!!! Everyone I knew had an Atari. I was the only kid with an Intellivision, but to me it was so much better (although, I did miss out on Yars' Revenge). Utopia, Frog Bog (Frogs & Flies), the D&D games, Sub Hunt (my brother and I would turn the couch into a "sub fort" and play from under the cushions), Triple Action, Baseball!!!

Aw yeah! I had most of those: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain was my favorite, though I played a lot of BurgerTime, Frogs and Flies and Shark! Shark! too.
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adularia25 wrote:
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Did someone say Intellivision?!!!!! Everyone I knew had an Atari. I was the only kid with an Intellivision, but to me it was so much better (although, I did miss out on Yars' Revenge). Utopia, Frog Bog (Frogs & Flies), the D&D games, Sub Hunt (my brother and I would turn the couch into a "sub fort" and play from under the cushions), Triple Action, Baseball!!!

Aw yeah! I had most of those: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain was my favorite, though I played a lot of BurgerTime, Frogs and Flies and Shark! Shark! too.

And I had none of those games for my Intellivision. The few I remember are Space Battle, Horse Racing (1980), checkers, and backgammon. I would have taken up the whole couch myself if I'd tried making a "sub fort," because I was about 29 years old then. (My mom bought me the device because she knew I liked games; and once I had it, I felt I had to try it out at least a little.)
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