It's good to be bad in this quirky puzzle platformer hybrid by Keybol, where you'll need to use different ideas to knock off the player character each different level by playing as a lowly goon!
Poor Pajama Boy. When he returns home after a peaceful night of camping, he finds that his city has been taken over by robots! They've turned the once peaceful metropolis into an ever-changing iron landscape and imprisoned the humans! Now Pajama Boy must rescue them, all the while braving levels that morph and warp based on the whims of their robotic masters! Run, jump, slide, wall kick, and find the gold keys that will set your human friends free. But the level beneath you is constantly changing, so keep on your toes!
In this dark and dreary maze, as a lone little girl, you have only one goal... to make it to the top however you can, but doing so with more than one life for the alternate ending is easier said than done in this eerie high-difficulty platformer from Rose Engine.
You have eight bricks. That's it, that's all. Just eight. And with these eight bricks at least one must make the daring climb up and out to the surface and to the world that awaits you there in this fast-paced challenging platformer.
Mr Jump is the latest in the popular trend of brutally difficult action games for iOS, and even a single misstep or mistimed jump will force you to restart the level. But with different, fiendishly designed stages to unlock and even new mechanics as well as reasonable and very few in-app purchases, Mr Jump is a fun, challenging, solid addition to the genre.
You're an alien tasked with traversing a temple full of traps and robots. Transform into alternate forms, such as a wall-climbing blue ball or a chubby orange block-destroyer, to survive the temple and make your way to safety.
Papa Louie can't catch a break... his cruise ship has been attacked by frosty enemies who have sucked him and all his customers into another dimension! It's up to you to save the day, and with 28 unlockable characters and tons of challenges, you'll be at this polished platformer for quite some time.
Expect the unexpected and all the weirdness you can handle in Mibibli's Quest. When you're not shooting your way to face off against the evil Crocobili, you're dancing to avoid getting shot or talking with satanic cultist. It's just a day in the life of Mibibli.
Running around an apocalyptic landscape your only goal in mind is those flickering doors. Pitfalls dot the land ahead of you and the only other living things only seek your death. Can you find your way to your mysterious goal?
What do cats dream of when they sleep? According to this adorable game originally made in just five days for a competition, it's all about strange and unexpectedly challenging platforming through a surreal Metroidvania-style world.
Tiny vampire, meet tiny vampire hunter! In this creepy Metroidvania adventure, explore a dark and spooky castle for new skills, secret passages, and power-up hearts, in order to take down its dangerous overlord. The twist? Although it make be huge to our hero, this entire castle fits on a single screen! But just because you can see everywhere you need to go doesn't mean this adventure will be easy, and the local monsters would still love to make a meal out of you. Maybe size really DOESN'T matter...
A wizard sets out one dark night to lay to rest all the monsters and undead lurking across the land in this short and simple but very sweet classic action adventure also free for iOS and Android. Though it may not prove much of a challenge, its pitch-perfect retro feel will appeal to any nostalgic gamer.
Aliens have landed in Mexico, and they've transformed an entire city into a retro video game! It's up to a band of plucky geeks with gaming know-how to drive out the extraterrestrials and save their town. This shooter takes inspiration from classic games like Contra, so you'll be running and gunning through platforming stages as you shoot down your alien foes. But did we mention your weapons are things like corn chips and ham?
One little vampire still wants to see the sun, more than anything else in the world. And he's willing to brave an entirely new spooky castle in search of the secret that will let him do it! He can still turn into a bat to fly around dangerous stakes, knives, and other obstacles, but this time he'll also be lifting crates and solving a bevy of puzzles. After putting both his reflexes and his brain to work, surely he'll find that day-walking potion this time... Right?
Also available for iOS and Android, Nitrome's retro platformer has plenty of action as classic heroes have been abducted and it's up to you to unlock them all through randomized sets of levels.
You're a unicyclist tasked with performing death defying stunts for an eager crowd. You've got to roll and leap from tightrope to tightrope, avoiding spikes, flames and even cannonballs along the way. Another great hit from Ludum Dare!
Work with your crew to take down time anomalies through king-of-the-hill battles, capture the flag games and the good old fashioned shoot 'em up death match. Epic Time Pirates is a quirky, fast-paced arena shooter from Jay Armstrong!
Blast your way through a whole new pack of levels for The Podge's popular mission-based squad shooter series! With things to explode and destructible environments, you can play it as sneaky or as massively destructive as you like... just save the civillians!
Aliens are back and it's up to you and your rag tag team to get out there and stomp those monsters into goo. Run, jump and shoot your way through fifteen arenas of alien on human combat, then make use of a staggering amount of upgrades.
In Elliot Quest, the retro adventure platform game by Ansimuz Games, you can't die. Well, you can, but you always wake up at the last glowing rock thing you passed. Which is kind of weird when you think about it, and you need some answers. It's an enjoyable 8-bit throwback that doesn't pause the action to engage in any handholding. Elliot Quest will probably make you feel lost, but offers enough cool things to find to make it all worth while.
Fancy's back and fancier than ever! Run, jump and slide through the wacky cartoon landscape of the first entry in the classic series, now with hidden secrets, unlockable outfits, time trials, weird humor, and the kind of laid back thrills that only fancy platforming can provide.
Chompy, the star of the puzzle platformer by Wolve, is a crocodile who loves eating, coins, and eating coins. While the tutorial levels give the game a slow start, it is a game that will win you over with its sense of joy and a level of shine to the mechanics that distinguishes it from similar works.
Kiwi 64 by Siactro, a Unity action platform game inspired by those "collect everything in sight" games of yore. You play as a cute little kiwi bird, trying to find five magical lamps and topple the reign of the evil king melon. As a love letter and nostalgia trip, Kiwi 64 delivers, even if it isn't developed enough to convert those not already fans of the games it pays tribute to.
Land of Enki 2 is a retro-style action-platform game by VoidForce where players will travel to an engaging fantasy world, discover fascinating creatures, then slice them in half. Its look and mechanics are reminiscent of a mid-90s DOS platformer and sequence of short, simple levels are perfect for people looking for a game high on atmosphere but low on challenge (apart from the frustrating ladder-jumping).
Use physics, an elaborate supply of unique pieces, and your own ingenuity to guide the orb to the exit. It's like golf, if only golf involved high-intensity lasers and gravity orbs.
Nitrome takes your classic undead platforming shooter and makes it turn-based in a tricky, clever game that sees you staking your way through legions of monsters on your way to take down Dracula.
Hours of action RPG goodness can be found in this deceptively simple browser game that's bursting with gorgeous visuals and a soundtrack to match. Your village is abducted by a mysterious spaceship, leaving you to fight your way through dozens of fascinating locations across a deep and detailed world.
When a wizard needs a job, the temp agency decides their destiny... and apparently yours is to be a security guard. But it's not as cushy as it sounds, and in this chaotic and creative dungeon-crawling action platforming shooter, you'll need to craft your spells from multiple components to unlock powerful (and weird) effects as you try to save the world.
Tess had a bad day yesterday, and she doesn't really want to talk about it. Her friend Milly has a brazen and dangerous dare for her, but is she ready to face the consequences in this eerie and surreal free indie platform shooter?
It's just one level, but this demo for an upcoming platforming adventure about a lone candle trying to rescue its friends who have been snuffed out by ominous shadows still manages to tantalize.
Twelve is happy living in the city of Dozenopolis until a great calamity destroys it and everything else. Together with Dot, a perky decimal point, she'll set out to make things right in this gorgeous and clever puzzle platformer for iOS.
A nighttime trip to the bathroom turns freaky in this fast-paced platformer by Deqaf Studios, where you must run and jump and climb past ghoulish dangers as a little boy.
Dodge traps, fireballs, cannons and more while you hunt for treasure and unlock relics in this action-packed platformer for your iOS! With a classic console feel and gorgeous retro style, Goblin Sword is a pitch-perfect love letter to old school gaming.
In this action platformer by mrDN, unlock and upgrade your ninja abilities as you battle your way across a dangerous land filled with carnivorous plants and more!
Plunge down into the sewers for platforming fun with a plumbing protagonist (though maybe not that Italian one you've heard so much about). This hero carries a tank of pressurized water on his back, and it lets him run, jump, and even fly! Aim the nozzle and fire streams of water to move in the opposite direction. Master this unusual form of locomotion, and survive the sewers!
Fix the Sun is a puzzle platfomer by DB based around a unique gameplay mechanism that will have you flitting and flipping a ray of light all over the place. Very much reflex-based, with a number of levels that will take a half dozen deaths to get through, it's not a game for the easily frustrated. But those who press on will find it very rewarding.
An online platform game that pits you against the "ghosts" of players who've run the course before you. Use the arrow keys to jump, dodge and collect gold as you avoid lava pits, skeletons and the ever-sliding view.
It wasn't the ice age that made the dinosaurs disappear, and in this cute-yet-bloody and frantic platform arena shooter, you'll learn that they'll not down for the count yet! Lead your dino squad against deadly enemies and unlock new weapons and abilities.
Jump back into more silly stealth in this pack of levels for the popular, charming puzzle platformer. Steal lab coats, grow enormous plants, wield fishing rods, and more as you nab all the key-cards, flip all the switches, and evade every guard and security camera on the way to the exit.
An ancient temple has been ransacked, and the relics within stolen! Luckily, you're on the task, and in this cute and engaging action platformer with a metroidvania flair for your iOS or Android, you'll have to deal with mummies, traps, pharaohs, and, yes, snakes across a massive map of rooms.
You've got a cave of wondrous treasures, a boy, and his bazooka. Blast your way through 15 levels of treasure hunting mayhem, using your explosive cannon in a variety of creative ways. Add to that a difficulty curve that's firm but forgiving and you've got a fun time-destroyer. You simply can't deny a good bazooka.
Life as a little green blob becomes a lot more exciting when you encounter a malevolent force out to take over your whimsy-filled cartoon world. But, by gathering up ark seeds, you build a team of doppelgangers who, in a friendlier twist on lemmings-style mechanics, help you solve your way through this puzzle platform adventure.
Leap into the space "platformer" that challenges you to planet hop as far as you can without falling into the abyss or being hit by a deadly meteor. With simple one-tap gameplay, upgrades, achievements and an absolutely gorgeous cartoon art style, Beyond Gravity will pull you right in!
Flappy Bird. Tiny Wings. Robot Unicorn Attack. And now... goats and zombies. Tap the screen to leap over spikes and hazards in this free arcade game for iOS and Android, but be warned... just getting your score into the double digits is a challenge!
Magick is a creative mixture of a puzzle game and a platform game designed by developer Ludonkey. Once upon a time in a place really far away there was a young sorcerer named Oz. A stranger knocked on his door one night to break the news that the evil queen had declared magic illegal. Not good news for a sorcerer, as you can imagine. Oz was tossed into a dungeon filled with snakes and lava and flying fireballs eager to turn him into toast. Leaving him for dead was a very super villain-type thing to do, but like most heroes, Oz didn't just give up and take a nap. Instead, he started making boxes to build a path to the surface!
The kitty Princess has been kidnapped by foxes! Hurry, Strike Force Kitty - it's all up to you now! This uber cute run and jump from Deqaf Studios is ready to delight your socks off, tickle your funny bone, and make your inner geek squee at every new movie, game, or comic book reference. Strike Force Kitty to the rescue!
A licensed game that isn't terrible?! Way to go Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville! The free-flying platform exploration game from Radiangames brings Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup back to save the citizens of Townsville from the evil Mojo Jojo. There's just one tiny little hitch: they can't remember how to use their powers. It's so bad, they don't even know how to punch or fly! Crummy situation for them, but a perfect set-up for a power-up collecting ability-unlocking robot-smashing metroidvania game!
A floating banana is asking you to kill gangsters. So naturally this side-scrolling, time-slowing, jumping, rolling, dodging shooter has you killing gangsters for your little banana friend. You don't want to be rude to Pedro, do you?
You'll be on cloud 9 when you play Dream Hopper, a unique action platformer filled with aggressive jellyfish and bubble battles. Made in the vein of a simulated dream world with a bossy subconscious mind calling the shots, you'll fight monsters and find helpful floaty powerups in your quest to find a way out.
Caught between two voices that hate each other and might not have your best interests at heart, you play a conscious android girl struggling through an oppressive and disturbing world in this atmospheric platforming adventure.
Freedom! Rescued from your cell by a somewhat unmotivated guardian angel, it's up to you to release the rest of your friends in this utterly surreal, cute-and-cuddly chibi platformer.
After being thrown through a wormhole while fighting an evil creature, you find yourself stranded in an unknown universe. You must fight your way through hordes of enemies and use your unique powers to change the land beneath your feet in this clever and ambitious platformer.
It's Mozart vs. Mecha and an army of soldiers from the far-flung future of 2014, in FlashChaz's new platform beat-em-up Wolfgang Fights the Future. A fun a frantic little brawler with enough flipping and dashing and bashing to make one forgive the padding before the climactic boss fight.
Ever feel like you're a little too large for the world around you? You know, like when you're crawling through the air ducts of your home pretending to be a spy. Well, Smudged Cat Games, creator of Gateways, thought that feeling of mild claustrophobia would make a good game. And wouldn't you know it, they're right! Growing Pains is an arcade platform game that's all about getting to the exit as fast as you can. It's sort of like a speedy version of N, only instead of being a small ninja, you're a creature that can't stop getting bigger.
Dive through earth and air in The Sun and Moon, a challenging platformer with an original concept and a beautiful, simplistic aesthetic. Fight conflicting gravities to collect all three Shinies and reach the exit in each level!
Chronology is the latest game to take advantage of the sidescrolling invigoration. It packs a lovely time-twisting mechanism on top of a head-warping set of puzzles that force you to think about the world in terms of the past and the future.
Kero Blaster has arrived! The sidescrolling platform shooter by Studio Pixel looks simple and sweet on the surface, but the difficulty is cranked up high enough to give your reflexes an honest workout. As janitor for the teleporter manufacturer Cat & Frog, your job is to venture out into the dangerous world to fix the company's broken machines. No sweeping or actual repairing involved, just shooting and trying to stay alive!
The woods are dark, scary, and filled with all manner of spiny, slashy, smashy traps, but Pajama Boy isn't afraid! ... Okay, maybe he's a little afraid, but he'll be alright as long as he can fill his jar with fireflies to stave off the darkness. Jump, dash, and roll your way through 40 levels to collect the fireflies and help Pajama Boy get back to his campsite!
Leo is a charming blue puff ball who is also very rich. Or he was very rich until some thief made off with his stash of gold. Now you must help him travel across moss-covered forests, oasis-dabbled deserts, watery pirate coves and to the depths beyond. This means a harrowing journey through obstacle courses strewn with deadly spikes and unimaginable treachery. This also makes for a delightfully unique, remarkably gorgeous, and charmingly entertaining puzzle platform adventure.
Your kingdom has been seized, and your sword isn't going to do the job anymore. Fortunately the Lady of the Lake has an upgradeable steam-powered solution in this fun and silly classic platform shooter packed with sprawling levels, secrets, bosses, power-ups, and more.
You're stuck in the slammer, but if you're sneaky and creative it doesn't have to stay that way in this funny, engaging stealth platforming puzzle adventure. Knock out guards and hide their bodies, snatch keycards, steal uniforms, and more!
When the pure light that sustains the alchemists starts to dwindle it's what's referred to in the industry as "A Major Problem", and it's up to you to restore civilization in this gorgeous and brief metroidvania platformer.
When the villagers are captured, it's up to one little ninja to save the day... with world-flipping powers! Swap the world around you in this beautiful and polished puzzle platformer to get past baddies, lasers, ice, and much, much more.
North Wind: Trill of Consciousness by Henry Gosuen is a creative take on the platform exploration genre. You control the tiny hero named Dir who moves through a blocky world of spikes and obstacles and maze-like puzzles. Instead of scrolling levels that keep pace with the protagonist, though, you do all the swiping yourself from a stationary point of view. It's a bit like Office Rush, Rooms or Continuity, only with a decidedly sweeter metroidvania feel.
There are only two words you need to see before downloading this game: Studio Pixel. The creator of Cave Story has been hard at work on the upcoming sidescrolling platformer Kero Blaster, but in the meantime, we get a free game! Pink Hour serves as a small taster for next month's big release, stuffing plenty of shooting, pixel-perfect jumps, and painfully high level of difficulty into its cute little package.
Do you love that old-school feeling of collecting coins? How about navigating precarious platforms and ledges to reach the exit door? Escape various baddies, maze-like environments and an expanding black hole of doom in this energetic and demanding retro platformer.
The best wizard around may not know much actual magic, but he does have a fabulous double jump. Navigate treacherous landscapes and save the princess in this free, highly polished platformer for Windows and Mac.
When a witch crashes a party, she curses three animal friends into sharing the same body, and now it's up to you to swap between them, accessing their unique abilities, to deal with enemies, solve puzzles, and gather stars in this easy but charming little game.
Like lovely visuals? What about pits of death and whirling sawblades flying at your face? This platformer has both! Help ErlinE track down the magical orbs and return them to the portals, but watch out for hazards... and the unforgiving challenge!
Stranded on an alien world filled with hostile robots jealously guarding the fuel you need to call for help is a bad place to be. But if you're Tricky Rick, you can literally use your head to fight your way through them and solve puzzles in this colourful and quirky platformer from Tamas Games.
Use your webs to swing through a gorgeous subterranean world in this clever puzzle platformer. Though a few of the puzzles are quite tricky, the game is forgiving and has many checkpoints. The striking visuals and ethereal soundtrack truly make this a work of art.
Space invaders and Lincoln logs mixed all into one! Build your fort, collect your gold and save the city from alien invasion in this fast paced strategy shooter. Artillerize is a great strategy crafting game that overcomes some of its more frustrating aspects with its entertaining and innovative gameplay.
You're dead! But that's not bad news. In this puzzle platformer, you're even sorta used to it, but now after a few years of haunting your cemetery, you're starting to get that ghostly itch to see what lies beyond the gates. A challenging and unforgiving game that offers a clever possession mechanic to navigate through stages with different people, and other... things.
Short and simple, this platformer will provide just enough of a challenge to fill up a break. Get from one pipe to another in each level by swapping your colour to manipulate walls and platforms, dodging whirling blades and timing vanishing blocks along the way!
Goat Guardian is a platform puzzle game that stars Steven and his pet goat, Steven Jr.! Steven Jr. likes to climb to dangerous places, so Steven has to run out and and rescue him. It's a well-made and attractive game with a good set of stages that are just the right balance of reflexes and puzzle solving.
If something is in your way, just change it! Nitrome puts a clever twist on the puzzle platform genre as you play a hero who can swap the properties of any two items. Turn dangerous spikes into soft clouds, or impassable bricks into collectible coins to boost your score!
In Earth Taken 2, an action platformer by SeethingSwarm, you are a survivor, trying desperately to shoot through the hordes of aliens who've turned the world toxic. So a lot like the first Earth Taken, then. Jocularity aside, though, while there's a lot that's the same, gameplay has also been refined, making this the sci-fi horror game the original could and should have been.
Help a cute, scampering demon-thingy storm the dark castle, crack the magic orbs, defeat devilish bosses, restore sunlight to the land, and score some sweet upgrades in Labyrinth: Secrets of ShadowHaven, a roguelike platformer by Nick Pasto and Luis Castanon. The only real goal may be a high score, but the game's innate humor and likability sees it through
What happens when the team behind Abobo's Big Adventure makes a new game? An old school action arcade game built around mad scientistry, gorillas, pogo sticks, and chainsaws is born! Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla stars a once-happy gorilla who was kidnapped by an evil corporation and subjected to harsh experiments. Naturally, that involved hacking off his limbs, replacing his legs with a pogo stick and his arms with chainsaws. Now that the gorilla has escaped, you get to guide him to freedom!
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
Two creatures find themselves trapped and separated below ground following a cave in, and must use some unique abilities, plus good old fashioned reflexes, to avoid the mechanical monstrosities and reunite. Mike Inel's puzzle platformer might be a bit slow for its focus on running and jumping, but throw in some clever mechanics and a gorgeous presentation, and you have a charmer that will reward the patient.
Calling it "The Labyrinth of Keys" is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps it would better be called "The Labyrinth of One Key". After all, you only get one key, and you've got to use it wisely if you want to have any hope of escaping in Matthew Rodriguez's action-puzzle-platformer game of the same name.
A bread delivery goes wrong when you accidentally upset a cosmic beast that curses you and the world into bizarre upheaval! Rotate, blast, split, and puzzle your way through this creative and challenging platformer!
Watching TV is for suckers. Participating is where it's at, especially when it's a lethal live TV gameshow filled with some of the strangest challenges around. Though a better puzzle game than a platformer, Above Average Guy still has clever ideas and style to burn.
You've got more than nine lives and you're going to need them in this punishing platformer. Use jet-packs, teleporters, gravity switches and much, much more to overcome fiendish and deadly hazards in your journey to save the world. I think you can do it, even if the narrator is... less than encouraging.
Help the pixels escape the advancing glitch-wall of doom in Pixel Escape, a run-and-jump platform game by Jonny and Eugene. Pixel Escape can be a little overwhelming to the senses, but it'll be hard to stop playing till you've gotten every one of those darn things to safety.
Good news: you now have the entire space station to yourself. Bad news: that's only if you don't count an endless supply of zombies. Jimp and Jay Armstrong serve up a fun and chaotic, if repetitive, zombie arena shooter with a fantastic design.
In the Podge's latest game, you control an eclectic strong-arm repo crew sent to recover valuable items from some people who really, really don't want you to. Use each character's special strengths and abilities to retrieve the most valuable items to reach your goals before time runs out!
Tender your resignation and escape you office filled with mustache-hating aliens in I Quit! Must Dash!, a one-button retro platformer by Casino Jack. The gameplay might be a little familiar to those who've played its one button brethren, but overall it is a well-designed, tough-but-fair challenge with a host of neat unlockables.
Part stealth game, part challenging platformer, Blade Rush's minimalist style masks a surprisingly fun and fast-paced game that forces you to keep moving as you zip around lethal stages taking out foes in one hit... before they do the same to you!
Aliens have invaded Earth! You are the only one who can stop them! So you'd better go stop them! A nostalgic retro run-and-gun platform shooter by Sinclair Strange that hearkens to the 8-bit era, Alien Splatter may not entirely live up to the challenge of NES classics like Contra and Ninja Gaiden, but it's a pixelated good time.
In most roguelikes, grinding levels is the answer, but in Hopoo Games' brutally difficult action game, the longer you wait, the harder things get. When your cargo ship crashes on a hostile alien planet, you're left with no choice but to fight your way through the local wildlife and massive monsters, unlocking new characters and items along the way, if you want to survive.
Though it starts off slow, this platforming puzzle is full of surprises and unexpectedly touching to boot, as you play a jetpack-toting old man gathering up photographic memories of his past and going on one last grand adventure.
In this fast-paced stunning metroidvania indie action adventure, the fight against a demonic army takes you beneath the waves when your ship is sunk and you find yourself in a mysterious underwater world caught between two opposing forces. Though somewhat hard to pick up and not without its flaws, it's still an engaging, gorgeous combat-centric game fans of the genre should check out.
Blink and you'll miss it, but this painfully short action adventure game by a talented indie studio is still worth checking out. Play as a young girl who wakes up in a surreal nightmare realm and must rely only on a strange voice, and a magical camera that can manipulate reality, to see her through to the end.
Seething Swarm's darkly adorable and adorably dark hallucination afflicted lapine protagonist is back for more platforming action in Acid Bunny: Episode 2. Though admittedly, it's incredibly similar to the previous installment, that just means the slightly-offensive fun can continue unabated. Please be aware that this game contains material some might find disturbing, including drug use and suicide.
In Nitrome's latest release in the Test Subject series, Test Subject Arena 2 offers everything the first installment had and more! More characters to choose from (including the funny looking black storm trooper looking guards) and more options to play the game! If single player is more your style, there are levels of target shooting. And if you have more friends than games to play with them, up to four can hover around your computer to battle it out. Challenge them for a roaring good time!
Though short, this latest installment in the physics platformer series is just as enjoyable as the rest, with many new elements like lasers and bombs to go along with its new industrial setting.
Zombotron is back! When your ship off this zombie-ridden world still lacks fuel, you set out to find some. Unfortunately for you, it's never that simple. With more elaborate levels and all the explosive physics action you've come to expect, this latest Zombotron installment is just as weird and wonderfully addictive as ever.
Isn't it about time you had a good old fashioned quest? Spud's Quest by Chris Davis is a retro-styled platform adventure that draws inspiration from classic games such as The Legend of Zelda and the Dizzy series. It takes place in a fantasy world complete with items to find that unlock new areas, a sprawling map with non-linear pathways, and plenty of characters to interact with. A metroidvania, if you will, and a frightfully good one at that!