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Old 01-14-2016, 09:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy Platformers
What I really wish for are new, good platform games for PC Windows. Most of what I have seen, or what seems available to me, are dull, repetitive and just plain boring. Environment changes little with each level; graphics are comic-book or Sunday funnies quality. There are a few - too few exceptions. The majority of platform game creators have seemed to lose all enthusiasm for the genre, which, as I recall, reached its zenith in the early 90's with DOS games. I've seen only a handful which could be compared to games like Biomenace, Duke 2 and the Keen Series from Apogee, or others such as Ancient Empires or Xargon from other companies.

These games that I remember featured lush, detailed graphics and a playing environment that minimized the "platform" appearance and offered varied gameplay, using no more than two or three megs memory, encouraging the player to return to them time and time again, which I have. I play them on my old '95; as long as it runs, I have them to enjoy.

But like most people, I'm always eager for a fresh, new game that adheres to the same standards as these classics. So far I've concluded that, with few exceptions, they just aren't out there.
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: Platformers
I don't play platformers too much, but I don't know that I've seen anything like the old Duke games in a long time. It's either Metroidvanias or stuff that seems more like Metal Slug than actual platformers. I guess the Gunvolt games were the last platformers that I even tried.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:13 AM   #3
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Re: Platformers
Platformers I have enjoyed recently include:

PC
Dragon's Wake
Kero Blaster has a free 'demo' Pink Hour
Broforce
Bloo Kid 2 also on mobile and 3DS
Downwell also on mobile
Ninja Pizza Girl
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4
Mos Speedrun 2
MANOS The Hands of Fate
Tembo the Badass Elephant
Muri this one looks and plays a lot like Duke Nukem
Shovel Knight available on lots of platforms

Nintendo Consoles
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash
Kung Fu Rabbit
Runbow
Yoshi's Woolly World
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:48 AM   #4
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Axiom Verge and Ori and The Blind Forest are two of my recent favourites.

They Bleed Pixels and Super Meat Boy are also good, but are really hard and may not be what you're looking for.
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Old 01-16-2016, 03:04 PM   #5
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Muri this one looks and plays a lot like Duke Nukem
Seconded. It's really good.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:37 AM   #6
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I will back Super Meat Boy.

While it can be hard, it's not difficult in a frustrating way. At no point while playing, no matter how much I died did I ever feel like the game was cheap.

And it's addictive as hell.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for the links - some good prospects there. I haven't dealt with Steam before. How are they to do business with? I notice Steam is also an OS. How does that figure in? Just one more question: how do they run on Windows 7?
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:09 PM   #8
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Everything I linked works fine on Win 7.
Ignore the OS part of Steam unless you run Linux.
I've never had a single problem with Steam since I made an account in 2004.
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