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Side Scrolling Games

A classic genre rooted in arcade-style game design and progression, side scrolling video games focus on movement in a 2D plane from, well, side to side in a scrolling fashion. Codified by legendary games such as the Super Mario Bros. series, side scrollers can have plenty of variety unto themselves, with creativity-focused games such as Terraria having completely different focuses when compared to the origins of the genre.

  1. Terraria icon
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    69 alternatives to Terraria 

    Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.

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    1.  ModdableTerraria can be modified through the installation of external mods.
    2.  MultiplayerTerraria offers a game mode for more than one player.
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  2. SuperTux icon
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    70 alternatives to SuperTux 

    SuperTux is a classic 2D jump'n run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original Super Mario games. Instead of Mario, the hero in this game is Tux, the mascot of the Linux kernel.

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    1.  Ad-freeSuperTux doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Single playerSuperTux has one or more single player game modes.
    3.  PortableSuperTux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Limbo icon
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    39 alternatives to Limbo 

    Limbo (stylized as LIMBO) is a puzzle-platform video game and the premiere title of independent Danish game developer Playdead. The game was released in July 2010 as a platform exclusive title on Xbox Live Arcade, and was later re-released as part of a retail game pack along...

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  4. Cave Story (Dokutsu Monogatari) icon
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    33 alternatives to Cave Story (Dokutsu Monogatari) 

    Cave Story, or Dokutsu Monogatari, is a Japanese freeware Metroidvania side-scrolling Metroidvania platform-adventure game developed by Studio Pixel . It has been translated into English by Aeon Genesis Translations.

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  5. OpenClonk icon
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    5 alternatives to OpenClonk 

    OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game where you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees. OpenClonk is not just a game but also a versatile 2D game engine that allows the creation of...

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    Bloodstained (Series)

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    15 alternatives to Bloodstained 

    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror action side-scrolling RPG set in 18th century England. A paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power.

    Represent entire series of Bloodstained games including Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon.
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    1.  Single playerBloodstained has one or more single player game modes.
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  7. Sonic The Hedgehog icon
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    25 alternatives to Sonic The Hedgehog 

    Sonic The Hedgehog brings SEGA's legendary platformer mascot to modern systems with all the familiar 16-bit sights, sounds and blistering gameplay of the original.

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    1.  Single playerSonic The Hedgehog has one or more single player game modes.
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  8. Inside icon
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    11 alternatives to Inside 

    The dark and eerie sequel to the hit platformer game, Limbo.

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    1.  Single playerInside has one or more single player game modes.
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  9. Open Surge is two projects in one: a game and a game creation system (game engine). It is released as free and open source software.

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    1.  Single playerOpen Surge has one or more single player game modes.
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  10. The iconic game from the beloved Castlevania series finally comes to mobile. This direct port of the classic console action RPG lets you jump, dash and slash your way through Dracula’s vast castle as Alucard while encountering a unique array of enemies and characters along the...

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    7 alternatives to Cuphead 

    Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e.

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  12. Dead Cells icon
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    21 alternatives to Dead Cells 

    A roguelike, Castlevania-inspired, action-platformer, Dead Cells allows you to explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle, unlock new gear and gain access to unreachable areas. Fight to the death using the weapons and loot you find during each run, slowly building your strength...

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    35 alternatives to Super Mario Run 

    Mario jumps into a new adventure on iPhone and iPad, this time playable using only one hand. In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so...

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    1.  Single playerSuper Mario Run has one or more single player game modes.
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  14. Join bounty hunter Samus Aran as she tries to escape a deadly alien world plagued by a mechanical menace. Guide Samus Aran, an intergalactic bounty hunter raised by an ancient tribe, and traverse the many environments of a dangerous world.

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    1.  PortableMetroid Dread can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  15. I have said a few times that Epic Inventor was inspired by Terraria. There are obvious similarities you can see right away in the various screenshots I’ve posted. Certainly our desire to create a game was inspired by it as well. We love that game. We played it a lot.

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    1.  PortableEpic Inventor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Discontinued

    In October 2013, development stopped the sourcecode is available on Github. In May 2016 developer is thinking about revisit the project

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