The 2D Platformer is a genre of video game that has been around for nearly as long as the medium itself.
It is a genre home to dozens of the most respected, beloved, and fondly-remembered classics in gaming, and with no shortage of venerable veterans to the genre with recognizable names. There's Mario, Sonic (sometimes), Rayman, Kirby, and many, many more.
All of these franchises are home to great games, and may of them have bred success out of their efforts; But with success comes imitation, and with imitation comes eventual normality where there were once new ideas.
Which is why I'm here to talk about platformers with standout unique gameplay.
Now let me be clear, a typical or familiar feeling platformer isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I feel that it's only fair that we shed a little light on some games that dared to break the mold of what you'd expect from a genre that so often treads familiar ground.
This list is going to focus on 2D Platformers specifically. Who knows -- I may do one on 3D Platformers sometime. But for now, let's keep it flat.
Alright. Let's a-go!