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. 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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    Limbo (stylized as LIMBO) is a puzzle-platform video game and the premiere title of independent Danish game developer Playdead.
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    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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    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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    The dark and eerie sequel to the hit platformer game, Limbo.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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    Prince of Persia is a video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner, originally developed and published by Brøderbund, then the Learning Company, and currently Ubisoft.
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  4. Action side scroller RPG originally released for PlayStation and available on smartphones.
  5. Bloodstained (Series)

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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    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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  6. Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring.
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  7. 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.
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