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10 Best Platforming Games on PlayStation Plus (May 2024)

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure Best Platforming Games on PlayStation Plus

In today’s 3D gaming world, platforming games have become more immersive. It’s no longer a mere “move your character from point A to B” affair, but rather, jumping through hoops to get to the end of a stage. You’ll leap over gigantic chasms and slay formidable enemies. Whether horizontal or vertical platforming, today’s entries come up with clever ways to string together the traditional run-and-jump controls and include more complex movements like air dashes and triple jumps. Check out the best platforming games on PlayStation Plus you won’t want to miss out on.

10. Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition - Announce and Gameplay Trailer | PS4

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition is the name for the console version. At its core, though, it's similar to the Hollow Knight version you may have played on PC. The game has won several awards for its compelling story and challenging gameplay. You control the Knight, an insectoid warrior who explores the fallen kingdom of Hallownest, plagued by a supernatural disease. You have the freedom to play the game however you want. However, you’ll need extra patience to see through the first stages. With time, though, you’ll get the hang of the gameplay, and then the true fun begins.

9. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends Launch Trailer [US]

Come along on Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies' newest adventures. They trip over a mysterious tent packed with invigorating paintings. Each painting transports you into a different world, where you’ll run, jump, and fight off enemies to save the day. You’ll find lots of secrets in each painting, waiting for you to unravel. Plus, the level designs themselves, complete with wondrous sea monsters, giant toads, and dragons, seldom disappoint. With Rayman Legends gang banding together again, feel free to bring a real-world friend along for the ride, with up to four players able to play at once.

8. Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers - Story Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

The fastest blue hedgehog returns in Sonic Frontiers. It kicks off with worlds colliding and Sonic’s friends getting sucked through a wormhole. You’re tasked with exploring lush and vast open-zone biomes, collecting the Chaos Emeralds, and taking on hordes of formidable enemies. While Sonic Frontiers’ world is jaw-dropping in its own right, platforming remains the star of the show. It combines tricky level designs and lightning-fast speeds, ensuring that your time in the game is spent, often always, in the action.

7. Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank - Story Trailer | PS4

Ratchet and Clank are one of the most revered duos in gaming. Everywhere they go, they often wind up on an unforgettable adventure across the universe. This time, you can relive Lombax and his robotic sidekick’s story with a fresh take on their origins, new boss battles, new flight sequences, more action, and excellent voice acting from the Ratchet & Clank 2016 movie. So, if you enjoyed the PS2 Ratchet & Clank (2002) version, Ratchet & Clank (2016) only elevates the experience with stunning visuals.

6. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time – Gameplay Launch Trailer | PS4

Crash Bandicoot and his sister Coco return to stop the evil scientists, Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nefarious Tropy, from using the potent Quantum Masks to take over the multiverse. As soon as you boot up the game, nostalgic memories of the ‘90s maps come streaming in. You can tell the developing team really went hard at keeping the essence of Crash intact. But also, it feels modern, perfectly catering to any newcomers to the series.

5. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy: A Big Adventure - Story Trailer | PS5

Sackboy is finally the star of his own show, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, after playing the side-mascot in LittleBigPlanet. And he does a fine job, too, infusing lots of creative ideas and a charming sense of style. Indeed, Sackboy: A Big Adventure lives up to its name, with curative vast worlds packed with powerups and plenty of collectables. Plus, you rush against time to the beat of upbeat pop songs and an excellent soundtrack.

4. It Takes Two

It Takes Two – Official Gameplay Trailer

It would be a shame to skip over It Takes Two, with its scooping of numerous awards speaking for themselves. The game perfectly balances teamwork between partners, as you follow the couple Cody and May’s unstable relationship and their efforts to grow closer via platforming challenges. The story not only speaks to real-world relationship challenges you may be facing but also ensures to infuse the rollercoaster of emotions Cody and May experience with the obstacles you have to go through to get to the end of each level.

3. Oddworld: New ‘n' Tasty

Oddworld Abe's Odyssee New 'n' Tasty! -- Launch Trailer | PS4

Revamped and improved for a contemporary audience, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty follows the adventures of Abe, the original hero from Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey (1998). It retains the original story, with Abe narrowly escaping the treacherous factory farm where he works and then returning to rescue his co-workers. However, the remake feels much more seamless, with better visuals and tricky puzzle platforming sections to get beat.

2. The Messenger

The Messenger - Gameplay Trailer | PS4

Step into the shoes of a ninja whose goal is to deliver a scroll paramount to saving his clan. While the story is quite interesting, the gameplay steals the show. It introduces a fresh concept of kicking off with a retro 8-bit style that gradually transitions to 16-bit mid-game. The transition is seamless, perfectly capturing the nostalgic mechanics and graphics of each era in gaming.

1. The Pedestrian

The Pedestrian - State Of Play Trailer | PS4

Alternatively, you can play The Pedestrian, a platformer that continues to evolve in mechanics and complexity the more you play. It pushes you to think through puzzles and apply the lessons learned to future ones. In that sense, The Pedestrian feels hugely rewarding. Stunning graphics and creative puzzles are a plus for an out-of-the-box experience. The first stages are easier. Later on, new mechanics are introduced that add depth to the gameplay. Yet, however complex the puzzles grow, they never feel unfair. Can you use the street signs at your disposal to puzzle your way out of complex scenarios?

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other platforming games on PlayStation Plus that you think are the best? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.