Top 100 Best Platform Games

by Zabon | created - 04 May 2012 | updated - 08 May 2012 | Public

This specific genre has come a long way, generating a menagerie of titles in more than two decades. Although there's a repertoire of these games, some have stood out more than others in terms of plot, story, characters and genuine fun factor. Of course, much like FPS games, this genre has offered a slew of games with awesome soundtracks and memorable boss battles. These are the select few that are definitely worth the time, effort, and patience in terms of proper usage of these elements in the perfect dosage.

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1. Mega Man X (1993 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Sci-Fi

In the year 21XX, a century-old capsule is unearthed containing the first Reploid: Mega Man X -- a robot able to think for himself. But after a new age of Reploids begins, the powerful Sigma goes Maverick and forms an army of evil Reploids.

Star: Stephen Chang

Votes: 581

2. Sonic the Hedgehog (I) (1991 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

A blue hedgehog with supersonic speed must rescue animals from being turned into robots by a mad scientist.

Votes: 2,039

3. Mega Man Legends (1997 Video Game)

E | Comedy, Mystery, Action

In a world covered by endless water, a new Megaman is searching high-tech underground ruins for quantum refractors.

Director: Yoshinori Kawano | Stars: Corey Sevier, Mayumi Tanaka, Tracy Ryan, Keiko Yokozawa

Votes: 100

4. Mega Man X4 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Mystery

A Reploid Army declares war on the human race after being labeled as Mavericks, so X and Zero fight their way to stop this uprising and discover who is behind this.

Stars: Kentarô Itô, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Ryûzaburô Ôtomo, Jin Yamanoi

Votes: 232

5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (I) (1992 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Sega Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Sonic teams up with Miles "Tails" Prower to stop Dr. Eggman from taking over the world with his new space fortress, the Death Egg.

Director: Masaharu Yoshii

Votes: 1,753

6. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After saving the galaxy two years ago, Ratchet and Clank are recruited by the director of antother great enterprise, called Megacorp, in order to recuperate a robbed experiment in a far away galaxy.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rodger Bumpass

Votes: 908

7. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sly is set on a path that tests his strength and abilities to see whether he can take the mantle of a master thief like his ancestors before him, and retrieve all pages of the Thievius Raccoonus and claim his birth right as a Cooper.

Stars: Kevin Miller, Matt Olsen, Chris Murphy, Roxana Ortega

Votes: 824

8. Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Spyro and Sparx are unwillingly transported to the fantasy realm of Avalar, where an iron-fisted warlock called Ripto and his henchmen, Gulp and Crush are summoned.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Gregg Berger, Melissa Disney, Milton James

Votes: 903

9. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two years after defeating Clockwerk, Sly Cooper and his band of thieves must recover and destroy all of the stolen Clockwerk parts from a sinister organization before their old nemesis can return from the dead.

Stars: Kevin Miller, Matt Olsen, Chris Murphy, Alesia Glidewell

Votes: 745

10. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (2002 Video Game)

Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger as he tries to save his family from an evil Cassowary plotting world domination.

Directors: John Passfield, Steve Stamatiadis | Stars: Stig Wemyss, Terry Gill, Martine Shea, Clement von Franckenstein

Votes: 85

11. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Crash Bandicoot is on an adventure to collect crystals and help Dr. Neo Cortex save the world.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Clancy Brown, Brendan O'Brien, Vicki Winters, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 1,573

12. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Clank is kidnapped by the mysterious Zoni, led by the evil mastermind Dr. Nefarious. Along with Captain Quark and Talwyn, Ratchet sets out on a quest to save Clank from Nefarious' clutches.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Joey D'Auria

Votes: 772

13. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004 Video Game)

T | Animation, Action, Adventure

There is a new villain in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet and Clank have to stop Dr. Nefarious before he turns everyone into robots.

Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Armin Shimerman

Votes: 968

14. Neopets: The Darkest Faerie (2005 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, players enter the 3D land of Neopia and journey with Neopian characters on an adventure to rid the world from the evil Darkest Faerie.

Directors: Abdul Malik Ibn Al-Estefan, Matt McDonald | Stars: Claudia Black, Steve Blum, Piera Coppola, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 75

15. Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku and Coco travel through time to stop Dr. Cortex and Aku Aku's evil twin brother Uka Uka from enslaving Earth.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Clancy Brown, Brendan O'Brien, Mel Winkler, Michael Ensign

Votes: 1,643

16. Jak II (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After being tortured and experimented upon in a dystopian city for two years, Jak escapes from prison and joins a rebel group, hoping for answers to his newfound dark powers.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Max Casella, Mike Erwin, Warren Burton, Anna Garduno

Votes: 1,132

17. Ratchet & Clank (2002 Video Game)

T | Animation, Action, Adventure

A mechanic and a robot team up to save the Solana galaxy from a nefarious chairman.

Director: Perelandra Beedles | Stars: Mikey Kelley, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Kevin Michael Richardson

Votes: 1,260

18. Spyro the Dragon (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A young cute purple dragon named Spyro sets out to free his dragon buddies, after they had fallen victim to the villainous Gnasty Gnorc, who has turned them into crystals.

Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Clancy Brown, Michael Gough, Jamie Alcroft

Votes: 1,409

19. Mega Man 8 (1996 Video Game)

E | Action, Sci-Fi

A mysterious robot lands on Earth, along with a powerful substance, which Dr. Wily plans to harness to take over the world. Mega Man must stop him and discover who the mysterious robot is.

Director: Hayato Kaji | Stars: Ai Orikasa, Takeshi Aono, Jûrôta Kosugi, Nobuyuki Hiyama

Votes: 190

20. Crash Bandicoot (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Animation, Action, Adventure

Crash Bandicoot is on a quest to rescue his girlfriend from the evil Dr. Neo Cortex.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Brendan O'Brien, Kappei Yamaguchi, Shôzô Îzuka, Mitsuru Ogata

Votes: 2,137

21. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Sly Cooper and the gang must recruit a team of world-class thieves in order to penetrate his family vault of massive wealth and collect his inheritance before an evil genius retrieves it first.

Stars: Kevin Miller, Matt Olsen, Chris Murphy, Kevin Blackton

Votes: 678

22. Sonic Spinball (1993 Video Game)

GA | Action, Family, Fantasy

Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the Veg-O-Fortress on Mount Mobius and with it, he is transforming all creatures into robots. Sonic sneaks into the fortress and tries to stop Robotnik.

Votes: 172

24. Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After 150 dragon eggs are stolen by an evil sorceress and her army of rhinocs; Spyro embarks on an adventure to rescue the eggs.

Stars: Tom Kenny, André Sogliuzzo, Gregg Berger, Neil Ross

Votes: 933

25. Mega Man X6 (2001 Video Game)

E | Action, Sci-Fi

X only returned to the battle and Zero is lost. That is until a new threat known as, "Zero Nightmare" is at large and wreaking havoc upon humans and Reploids. Is Zero still alive? Will X finally put an end to the Maverick threat?

Director: Ohkoomi 16 | Stars: Shotaro Morikubo, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Rumi Kasahara, Hirotaka Suzuoki

Votes: 132

26. Maximo vs. Army of Zin (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

While in search of his missing girlfriend, Maximo is attacked by a monster that appears to be powered by a captured soul of the dead, he vows to uncover the secret of this new creature and his quest takes him through vast and unique lands.

Stars: Tommy Tallarico, Victor Lucas, Debbie Wiehe, Wally Wingert

Votes: 35

27. Maximo: Ghost to Glory (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When the evil king Achille has wrought evil on the land, spread hordes of the undead, and imprisoned the four wise sorceresses, Maximo sets out to restore peace to the kingdom.

Stars: Wally Wingert, Carlos Alazraqui, Kim Mai Guest, Wayne Grace

Votes: 48

28. Mega Man X5 (2000 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Drama

When the "Eurasia" space colony is attacked by an unknown virus, the call goes out. X and Zero are called back into action to help destroy the colony.

Director: Kôji Ohkohara | Stars: Shotaro Morikubo, Ryôtarô Okiayu

Votes: 170

29. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Jak tries to help his friend Daxter after he transforms into a hybrid of an otter and a weasel. With the help of a Sage, the pair learn that they must save their world from the antagonists Gol and Maia, who plan to flood it with Dark Eco.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Max Casella, Anna Garduno, Warren Burton, Jason Harris

Votes: 1,340

30. Mega Man X3 (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action

Reploid scientist Dr. Doppler has cured the Mavericks and built the Utopian Dopple Town. But after the 'cured' Reploids go rogue and assault Hunter H.Q., Mega Man X takes Zero's aid and sets out to combat his new foes -- and finds old ones.

Votes: 243

31. Mega Man X2 (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action

Six months after Sigma's demise, Mega Man X and the other Maverick Hunters are routing the last of his forces. But three powerful Mavericks known as X-Hunters -- Agile, Serges and Violen -- are collecting the parts of X's slain friend Zero.

Votes: 267

32. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

On a routine trip to Angel Island, Sonic and Tails encounter a strange Echinda who steals the Chaos Emeralds under direct orders from the evil Dr. Eggman.

Director: Hirokazu Yasuhara

Votes: 1,160

33. Spyro: A Hero's Tail (2005 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

It has been a long period of peaceful time in the Dragon Realms since Spyro's last adventure. Suddenly, a mysterious dragon named Red is using a group of life-draining stones called the Dark Gems to poison the life of the world.

Director: Jon Williams | Stars: Jess Harnell, Tara Strong, Michael Gough, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 184

34. Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (2002 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy

When the dragonflies become scattered throughout the Dragon Realm, It's up to Spyro to save the day again.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Gregg Berger, André Sogliuzzo, Neil Ross

Votes: 248

35. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (1997 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After Abe, a Mudokon slave worker born into captivity finds out the horrible truth that the food products being created in the factory he works in are made out of Mudokon, he sets out to save the other Mudokon's and tries to escape.

Director: Lorne Lanning | Star: Lorne Lanning

Votes: 700

36. The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (2007 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When Cynder leaves the Dragon Temple, Spyro sets off to find her, and engages in telekinetic communication with a mysterious dragon called The Chronicler. He learns that he must stop the Dark Master from escaping the Well of Souls.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Billy West, Gary Oldman, Kevin Michael Richardson

Votes: 209

37. The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (2006 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A purple egg is sent away from it's homeland, then turns into a young dragon named Spyro who is raised by dragonflies, then sets out to find Ignitus the elder of fire to learn the truth. ... See full summary »

Stars: Elijah Wood, David Spade, Gary Oldman, Cree Summer

Votes: 297

38. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge (2004 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Horror

A year has passed since Oogie Boogie has been defeated, but he's back and has taken over Halloween Town. As Jack Skellington you must stop Oogie and save Halloween Town.

Stars: Steve Amerson, Dee Bradley Baker, Sherwood Ball, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 124

39. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 (2004 Video Game)

Animation, Action, Adventure

Follow Ty's quest to defeat the evil Boss Cass and his army of lizards, and assist the colorful residents of Burramudgee Town and the Southern Rivers.

Stars: Greg Ellis, Terry Gill, Peta Johnson, Clement von Franckenstein

Votes: 54

40. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Crash Bandicoot must gather ancient crystals to stop the destructive nature of a group of renegade masks known as the Elementals.

Director: Jon Burton | Stars: Clancy Brown, Corey Burton, Debi Derryberry, R. Lee Ermey

Votes: 977

41. Earthworm Jim (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

After a spacesuit falls on Jim, it mutates him into an earthworm hero thus Earthworm Jim is born. He must now defeat the evil Queen Slug-for-a-butt and rescue her sister, Princess What's Her Name.

Director: David Perry | Star: Doug TenNapel

Votes: 640

42. Aladdin (I) (1993 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

Sega Genesis/Master Drive version of the Aladdin game made by Virgin Games USA. Loosely based on the film Aladdin (1992), Aladdin must defeat the evil sorcerer Jafar and win the heart of Princess Jasmine.

Votes: 661

43. Futurama (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Mom has bought Planet Express Deliveries from Professor Farnsworth and has gained control over planet earth. It's up to the player's crew (Fry, Leela, Dr. Zoidberg, Bender, ...) to stop her evil plans.

Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 393

44. Garfield: Caught in the Act (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Animation, Action, Adventure

Garfield has been trapped in his TV by an electronic monster called the Glitch. Find the remote control in each of the six levels in this 2D platform game to face the level bosses and eventually the Glitch itself to get back out.

Votes: 14

45. Mega Man Legends 2 (2000 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In a world covered by endless water, MegaMan and Roll find themselves closer than ever to finding the Mother Lode. Dangers are mounting as they approach the Forbidden Island and risk ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshinori Kawano | Stars: Susan Roman, Mayumi Tanaka, Tracy Ryan, Keiko Yokozawa

Votes: 65

46. Mega Man X7 (2003 Video Game)

E | Action, Drama, Mystery

A Reploid with an advanced copy ability retreats from a corrupt band of bounty hunters to join the Maverick Hunters and battle his former allies, while a retired X laments the continuous aggression.

Stars: Minami Takayama, Shotaro Morikubo, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 104

47. Mega Man 3 (1990 Video Game)

E | Action, Sci-Fi

Dr. Wily has reformed, but while he and Dr. Light create a peacekeeping robot, eight Robot Masters have stolen important components that Mega Man must recover.

Director: Keiji Inafune

Votes: 577

48. Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin (1991 Video Game)

Unrated | Action, Sci-Fi

You control Spider-Man as you race against time tracking down an nuclear bomb set by the Kingpin.

Director: Randel Reiss

Votes: 56

49. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Ratchet and clank find their home world attacked by the infamous emperor Tachyon and must go on the run while trying to find the other lombaxes.

Director: Brian Allgeier | Stars: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Andy Morris

Votes: 925

50. Mega Man X8 (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Sci-Fi