7 great platformers you’ve (probably) forgotten about

Platformers hold a special place in the heart of many gamers. Although the graphics have come a long way since the early classics like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Country, and Crash Bandicoot, the joy of leaping through colourful levels remains the same.

But we’re not here to celebrate the games you know about. Today, it’s all about the platformers that have slipped your mind. From Croc to Blinx, let’s take a look at 7 platformers that may you have forgotten all about.

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

Let’s start off by taking things back to 1997 with a green crocodile. Baron Dante and his minions, Dantinis, have captured the innocent villagers of Gobbo Valley and it’s up to Croc to free them from the villain’s clutches.

Each stage boasts various puzzles and challenges that you’ll have to overcome, as well as rescuing those poor, imprisoned Gobbos. Easy peasy, right? Well, you’ll also have to take on the fearsome Guardian bosses, but once you’ve got the defensive full-circle tail swipe down to a tee, they’ll be
croc-amole in no time!

Gex: Enter The Gecko

Gex may have defeated Emperor Rez in his debut game, but we’re plumping for the sequel where the evil-doer is back with a vengeance. There’s no time to rest for the TV-loving Gecko!

Considering his fondness for shows, it only makes sense that his pop-culture puns are a prominent source of comedy throughout the game, and they only made us love him more. Plus, it’s a great way to brush up on those 1980s and ‘90s references you’ve long forgotten about too!

Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil

Next stop on the memory lane train is this Japanese classic developed by Namco. Chaos has spread across the four kingdoms of Lunatea and it’s up to Klonoa, plus his sidekicks Lolo and Popka, to stop the malevolent forces from taking over and destroying all the priestesses of the world.

What makes it so special is the variety throughout. Shoot enemies with Klonoa’s signature weapon the Wind Bullet, board-ride through challenging stages, and use enemies as trampolines to aid you in getting across each level with ease.

Blinx: The Time Sweeper

Partially inspired by the fairy tale character Puss in Boots, Blinx is a time sweeping cat on a mission. You see, Dimension B1Q64 is under attack by thieving space pirates the Tom-Tom Gang who are destroying Time Crystals, and risking the dimension’s stability.

There’s a good reason we couldn’t get enough of Blinx though. He’s a cat, kitten-d out with a state-of-the-art time controlling vacuum cleaner, who saves the world. Seriously, what’s not to love about that?

Ape Escape

Sticking to the topic of time, this PS1 classic sees Spike trying to prevent history from being changed forever by the evil Specter.

The first game to use PlayStation’s Dualshock controls, it’s up to you to run, jump, and swing your way through the adventure, capturing monkeys as you go to complete each stage. The series became so popular, it even got a cameo in Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance. We’re going bananas waiting for a new game with those pesky apes!

Glover

What do you get when you cross a pair of sentient gloves, a wizard, and a huge potion explosion? Lots of havoc, and a kingdom to save!

This bonkers game sees you play as the right-hand mitten, Glover, who soon sets off on a quest to stop his evil twin Cross-Stitch. To do this, you roll around a ball and use it to bounce to different areas in your hunt for the the crystals that were lost at the start of the game. It might sound daft, but Glover had buckets of charm.

Pandemonium!

Circus folk Fargus and Nikki are sick of their careers and are on a mission to pursue their dreams of becoming sorcerers. Obviously being novices, this isn’t going to end well for the sneaky duo, and they inadvertently summon a monster to their world.

But their mistake is exactly what makes this platformer all the more exciting! Bouncing and tumbling your way through the 3D world of magic on your quest to sort out the extraordinary mess they’ve made will leave you with a huge grin on your face.