Category Archives: Platformer

The Floor is Jelly Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ian Snyder
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://thefloorisjelly.com/

The Floor is Jelly is a game in which the player takes control of a small creature which can run, jump, and slide around a world in which the eponymous floor is made of eponymous jelly, which bounces and jiggles as the player interacts with it. The player must run, jump, and slide through a series of levels to reach doors and elevators while avoiding obstacles and solving puzzles that prevent the player from reaching the door.

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Flappy Bird Review

Genre | Platformer
Developer | .GEARS Studios
Platforms | iOS, Android
Website | None

Flappy Bird is a game in which the player taps the screen to cause the player’s character, the eponymous flappy bird, to flap its wings and move upwards. The player must navigate the bird through a series of openings between pipes. Colliding with or getting near a pipe results in a game over.

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The Bridge Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360
Website | http://thebridgeisblackandwhite.com/

The Bridge is a puzzle platformer game in which the player controls a man who must navigate through levels and exit through a door. Obstacles prevent the player from exiting the level until the player has overcome these obstacles. The obstacles include a ball that can crush the player, keys that must be collected to unlock the door, non-Euclidean geometry that prevents the player from walking to the door, and doors that can only be entered by a white man, which the player’s character sometimes is not.

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InFlux Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Impromptu Games
Platforms | PC
Website | http://www.someindiebullshit.com

InFlux is a puzzle platformer in which the player controls a metal sphere as it rolls around an island, solving puzzles. The player must collect glowing blue points of light to unlock puzzle rooms, and then solve each of the puzzle rooms to progress. A whale is featured.

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AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome Review

Genre | Platformer
Developer | Dejobaan Games and Owlchemy Labs
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.dejobaan.com/awesome

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome is a game in which the player jumps off the top of a floating building, falls, and lands on a platform. Along the way, the player scores points by accomplishing various tasks, like falling close to other floating buildings, vandalizing buildings, and hitting score plates. The game takes place on Earth, the moon, and Ganymede.

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Mirror’s Edge Review

Genre | First Person Shooter, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | EA Digital Illusions CE
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://www.mirrorsedge.com/

Mirror’s Edge is a first person platformer game with shooting and puzzle elements. The player controls Faith, a “runner.” Runners traverse the rooftops and streets of a city to deliver packages. In the game, the player delivers one package in the prologue and then becomes embroiled in a plot that does not involve delivering packages. Faith must navigate through the city by jumping, climbing, running, riding in elevators, and engaging in other acrobatic maneuvers while also encountering enemies, helicopters, and enemy helicopters.

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Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective Review

Genre | Platformer, Art
Developer | Arcade Kids
Platforms | PC, OSX

Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective is a third person platformer game in which the player controls Bubsy, an anthropomorphic cat, in his journey to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which contains a James Turrell Retrospective exhibit. Throughout the game the player collects orbs and hearts and reads dialog spoken by Bubsy and other characters.

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Portal Review

Genre | Puzzle, Platformer
Developer | Valve Corporation
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

In Portal, the player controls a character in a testing facility made up of a series of test chambers. The player uses a device that creates the eponymous portals on flat surfaces. The player can enter one portal and exit the other so as to traverse through the world in contradiction to the rules of Euclidean geometrical space. This device allows the player to solve puzzle in each test chamber and progress to the end of the game. 

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The Swapper Review

Genre | Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | Facepalm Games
Platforms | PC

The Swapper is a sidescrolling puzzle platformer game where the player takes control of a character in a space suit equipped with the eponymous Swapper, a device that allows the character to clone themselves multiple times. The player uses this device to solve puzzles and progress though a space station in order to beat the game.

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