Save your hard-earned cash by playing these great platformers that are free.
Platformers have been around since at least the 1980s, and the fact that they’re still popular today shows how good they can be when they’re done well. You have to figure out how to get to your goal without falling or dying, and there are usually more than one way to solve the puzzle.
There are many well-known series of platformers, like Super Mario, Rayman, and Crash Bandicoot. But sometimes money is tight, and a free platformer can scratch that itch just as well as anything popular. Quite a few of them are also pretty good.
I Wanna Be The Guy
The story in I Wanna Be The Guy is pretty simple and funny. As The Kid, you want to grow up and become The Guy. To do that, you have to find the current Guy and beat him to become the new Guy. It goes without saying that the game doesn’t take itself too seriously. But don’t relax too much, because this platformer was made to be very hard.
If you play I Wanna Be The Guy, you will die a lot. The game sets up a lot of traps that you will fall for more than once. Even if you think you know how it works, it can still surprise you at the last minute. I Wanna Be The Guy will always keep you on your toes. It can be frustrating, but it’s also surprisingly fun, and when you beat its levels, you’ll feel very proud of yourself.
Neon Beats is a cute game where the platforming is based on rhythm. You control a neon cube and have to jump, bounce, and swing your way to the end of each level without hitting any spikes or falling. Each level has its own music, which starts out simple in the tutorial and gets more catchy as you go.
The beats affect the timing of the obstacles in the level, like when each platform moves and when it disappears and reappears. If you want to get to the end, you have to move to the beat. The game is also nice to look at with its black background and different colored environments. It’s a must-try if you like the idea that rhythm can change how you play a game.
You might think the name of the game is strange, but BirdGut tells you everything you need to know about it. You take on the role of a bee who was eaten by a bird. It turns out that there are other bugs inside the bird, but they all seem to be brainwashed and forced to work. You and the other bugs are stuck inside this strange bird, and you have to find a way out.
The hand-drawn pictures go well with this strange story. Spikes, lasers, saws, and other things that shouldn’t be in a normal bird are inside this one. BirdGut is fun and memorable from start to finish because of its strange and unpredictable setting and story.
You’ve probably already heard of Fall Guys, but now that it’s free to play, this is your cue to check it out. It has different levels, each with its own goals and challenges. It’s crazy on its own, but when there are a lot of people playing, the levels turn into a hilarious time of getting hit and falling while trying to get to the end.
Because the game’s graphics are bright and cartoony, you have a lot of fun ways to customize and dress your own Fall Guy. Even if you lose, it will be hard not to laugh, whether you’re playing with friends or strangers.
Drop Alive might be one of the cutest platformers you can play. You play as a drop of water inside a house, but she wants to be a river outside. To get to the river, you have to go through many places inside and outside the house and avoid obstacles.
But you’re not a droplet of water the whole time. In every level, you’ll have to use what’s around you to decide when to change between liquid, solid, and gaseous states to reach the goal. The game is hard, but not so hard that it’s frustrating. The hand-drawn graphics and pleasant music make it a good time.
Nohra could be fun if you want to try a platformer with mechanics you don’t see in every platformer. You play as a monster named Lupu that has been sleeping for years and is now trying to get out of a lab that has been closed down. Even though no one is in the building anymore, the security machines are still running and will try to stop you.
Some parts of playing Nohra are both unique and important if you want to win. As you platform, you can slow down time, which lets you avoid things that could kill you. Also, your dashes are very important in this Tunnel Rush game. To avoid getting hit by the machines, you must learn how to link them together in a way that makes sense. These new ideas are well done and make Nohra a lot of fun to play.
Micro Platformer was made for people who don’t like platformers where everything is trying to kill you as you jump around. It has very simple graphics, almost as few as you can get, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It has different levels of difficulty, and the hardest ones will really put you to the test (or not, since it’s free).
But if you like things to be a little less hard, there are also parts that aren’t as hard. Micro Platformer is a game for people who like to play platform games. You don’t have to hurry through each level because nothing is coming after you. Or, if you want to test yourself, you can use a timer to see how quickly you can beat levels.
Himno is not like other platformers that use chaos and difficulty as their main selling points. It’s a relaxing experience where you move around procedurally generated maps by sliding, jumping off walls, and using moving platforms, among other things. It is very relaxing to watch and listen to, and there is no pressure to do anything.
There are no enemies, so there is no danger of dying. You just go to new maps at your own pace and pick up little light balls. Himno is likely to last longer than most other platformers because it doesn’t have a story or stakes. Just sit back, take it easy, and watch the world open up for you.