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5 Best Platforming Games on PlayStation Plus (March 2024)

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Platforming in gaming has come a long way. Back in the day, two-dimensional, side scrolling platformer games were the most popular. Thanks to modern technology, the level designs have evolved from 2D to 2.5D and 3D. Additionally, while the classics didn’t invest much in the story and combat, today’s games are taking the extra step to design an all-around platforming adventure for every gamer. Among the games we could find, here are the best platforming games on PlayStation Plus you ought to try.

5. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sackboy: A Big Adventure - Story Trailer | PS5

The beloved smiley mascot for LittleBigPlanet finally has his own game, Sackboy: A Big Adventure. He follows in the footsteps of iconic Sonic and Mario to feature in his very own platformer. On the downside, the game’s visuals can feel a little bland. However, its solid mechanics make up for it, and then some. You venture around Craftverse, a literal crafting playground that looks like a child’s bedroom, to rescue your friends from villainous Vex. 

You can undoubtedly see PlayStation 5’s technology come to life in vibrant visuals and stunning 4K resolution. Controls feel fluid and responsive as you play along to a catchy music score. Your playthrough constantly feels fresh, with new abilities and levels packing immense variety. You have limitless items to add to your collection. Additionally, you can always branch out to complete minigames and puzzles. 

Just don’t let Sackboy’s cute self fool you. Its brilliant platforming will keep you glued, pose imaginative ideas and provide a good challenge strong enough to keep you returning for more.

4. It Takes Two

It Takes Two – Official Gameplay Trailer

If you ever want a game that perfectly merges puzzles, action, and an emotional narrative, It Takes Two takes the cake. Most of all, it has one of the most seamless co-op gameplays that pushes you not just to work together but also to be in sync with each other’s moves. And rightly so, given It Takes Two primary protagonists: a couple currently going through some turbulence in their marriage. Just like in real life, you and your teammate must find ways to work together. You’ll compromise, listen and pay attention to the other player, navigating challenging puzzles together.

It’s not all work and no play, though. It Takes Two is also pretty hilarious at points. With your characters shrunken to the size of dolls, you’ll view the world a thousand times larger and navigate ordinary items like pianos and complex platforms. Visually, It Takes Two looks stunning. It includes so much variety and detail that you never feel bored venturing new paths. Each level is a test of patience and strategy. One player can be on the move while the other clears a path for them. You know, complete a circuit while the other turns on the switch, and so on.

3. Oddworld: New' n' Tasty

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

Veterans will remember Oddworld: New' n' Tasty. It was previously released as Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee in 1997. Now, remade from the ground up for the contemporary audience. The new visuals are obviously delightful. You enjoy sharper, more dynamic, and overall more vibrant graphics. Its core gameplay hasn’t changed much, though. You’ll still play Abe, who overhears his boss wanting to make him and his fellow workers his dinner. So, he escapes the factory’s hellhole, only to have to return to rescue the remaining Mudokons.

The number of Mudokons you manage to lead to a safe haven will determine which ending you unlock. Rescue all 299 Mudokons, and you’ll be lucky enough to satisfy the completionist’s craving. It’s a great way to encourage repeated playthroughs. These, by the way, pay off with such fun puzzles to solve. Getting from point A to point B seems easy at first. Once you start to run and throw things, though, you quickly realize leading survivors to safety isn’t exactly the walk in the path you may have thought it’d be.

2. The Messenger

The Messenger - Gameplay Trailer | PS4

The Messenger feels like exactly the game that will have you fooled for the first hour of the game. It presents itself as an easy-peasy game, with little to no challenge in navigating its levels. However, soon, it starts to dish out new elements and abilities at you. Its story, art style, and gameplay change drastically by the end. Part of the charm is the switch from 8 to 16-bit, seamlessly transitioning without a hitch. It pays massive tribute to the classics, infusing hilarious humor and clever dialogue to keep you engaged.

The main objective is, as you presume, of course. As the messenger, you’re tasked with delivering what could be the most important scroll ever. Lives depend on your success, so no matter how tricky it gets down the line, you must master bravery to reach the end.

1. The Pedestrian

The Pedestrian - State Of Play Trailer | PS4

The Pedestrian also introduces new mechanics as you progress. However, its puzzles are more of a learning process than simply figuring out the solution and moving on to the next one. You essentially control the pedestrian icon you see on road signs. Your task is to guide them around a virtual town, navigating the world through road signs. It can be difficult to grasp at first. However, to put it simply, you’ll first do simple things like jump on objects or push blocks. 

Thereafter, the signs become interconnected. The levels connect to each other through doors and ladders. It’s interesting because you’re allowed to move these connections to create whole new levels. In the later stages, you’ll be tasked with finding connections between signs and the world as a whole. If I’ve lost you, it’s easier when playing the game. You constantly get better at solving the puzzles and unlock clever ways to move things around. So, what are you waiting for? Check out The Pedestrian on PlayStation Plus today.

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other platforming games on PlayStation Plus 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.