50 Best Side-scrolling games

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The best 50 Side-scrolling games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 33000 video games across all platforms for Android, IOS (iPhone / iPad), PS4 (Playstation 4), Xbox One, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS, Linux and 3DS. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

This is not a "all time best Side-scrolling games list". There is no hard limit on the age of a game but our results are mainly games released in the last 2 to 3 years.

The latest addition in this selection is Metroid: Samus Returns released the 15 September 2017

3# Broforce - 2015

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When evil threatens the world, the world calls on Broforce - an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Brace your loins with up to four players to run ‘n’ gun as dozens of different bros and eliminate the opposing terrorist forces that threaten our way of life.

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5# Hey! Pikmin - 2017

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And his first 2D platformer will give you a new perspective on his adorably fierce partners. Help Captain Olimar explore and escape a new world by guiding him and his Pikmin with the stylus . Tap the touchscreen to choose Pikmin and toss them at objects or enemies .

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6# Cobalt - 2016

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Forget everything you’ve learned about combat. Cobalt’s slo-mo mechanic lets you perform moves that other games can’t comprehend. Discover the secrets of a distant colony in a cosmic campaign, take on challenges and rule the leaderboards, or face off against others in local and online multiplayer.

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7# Tasty Blue - 2015

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Tasty Blue is an underwater side-scrolling eat 'em up game. You start as a small goldfish with an insatiable appetite. After being overfed by your owner, you'll escape into the ocean and eat everything that you encounter. The more you eat, the bigger you get!

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9# Earth's Dawn - 2016

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Earth’s Dawn is looming and the fate of the planet hangs in the balance! Dive into frantic side-scrolling combat and take the fight to the alien horde before destroying hulking bosses!

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10# Storm the Train - 2012

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Swipe to switch between equipped agents and take advantage of their individual skills to overcome your enemies. Features * Classic side-scrolling gameplay with explosive action * 12 collectable agents with different skills and abilities * Swipe between your 2 equipped agents * Upgrade numerous weapons, drones, and gadgets * Ride the Challenge Chopper and play for extra daily rewards * Destroy as much as possible to get the highest score

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11# The Disney Afternoon Collection - 2017

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All six classic games feature new and improved visuals and include filtering options that replicate a retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes, each of which encourages time-based gameplay and features online leaderboards. Best of all, the in-game Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of extras to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, and music all lovingly preserved.

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12# Odin Sphere Leifthrasir - 2016

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Take control of the magnificiently hand-rendered characters in this enchanted realm, filled with mythical beasts and gargantuan monsters. Five character plots intertwine with each chapter centering on a unique protagonist and their struggles.

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13# She Wants Me Dead - 2016

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Max is in trouble. He pissed off his cat Lula and now she’s out to get him. And Lula is far from sweet. She is vicious, cold and unforgiving. More dangerous than Lula are her traps – deadly and brutal killing contraptions with Max’s name written all over them.

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14# Matterfall - 2017

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As a hero-for-hire, survive high-intensity side-scrolling war zones in vertical cities overrun by mysterious smart matter. Combat enemies with a variety of powerful, high-end weapons Perfect your performance in levels to rack up a higher score than your friends Witness awe-inspiring visuals as Matter flows, glows, and explodes around you Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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15# Dragon's Crown - 2013

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Dragon's Crown allows up to four players to team up locally or online to clear out monster-ridden dungeons, discover precious treasure, and destroy awe-inspiring bosses. Unparalleled in their unique style, Vanillaware painstakingly hand-paints every detail, be it a blade of grass or the scales on the game's impressive dragons.

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16# Guns, Gore & Cannoli - 2015

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Guns, Gore & Cannoli - An over-the-top, comical and fast-paced action game with hand-drawn graphics set in the Roaring Twenties. An all-you-can-shoot fest where you embody Vinnie, a mobster with a mission in a city controlled by gangsters and plagued by zombies. Featuring up to 4-man local co-op.

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18# Metroid: Samus Returns - 2017

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Brave the hostile terrain of an alien planet teeming with vicious life forms as legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. This intense, side-scrolling action platformer is a great entry point into the Metroid franchise and perfect for returning fans as well, and it's available only on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. This intense, side-scrolling action platformer has been completely remade with engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette.

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19# Sine Mora EX - 2017

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With many ways to manipulate time, Sine Mora features over 50 weapon combinations to complete each beautiful stage that fits to the player's skills with scaling difficulty. Key Features " Engrossing story integrated seamlessly into the action to elevate the user experience Unique, time extension based gameplay 7 beautifully crafted, diverse stages Over 50 different weapon combinations with time manipulating devices Great accessibility - Story Mode is tailored to not scare away absolute newcomers to the genre Risk and reward - multiple difficulty levels in Arcade Mode with deep scoring and hidden rank system for the more experienced players Music composed by Akira Yamaoka, Sound Director of Silent Hill and Shadows of the Damned Featuring boss designs by Mahiro Maeda, one of the most prominent Japanese anime creators (Blue Submarine No. Sine Mora EX Features: " 16:9 Aspect ratio (instead of 16:10 which is still an option) Full English Voice Overs (Original Hungarian ones are still available as an option) Local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode 3 New versus modes: Race, Tanks, Dodgeball New challenge levels Improved Rendering

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20# Swords & Soldiers II - 2015

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The all-new Swords & Soldiers II is filled to the brim with gorgeous hand-animated artwork, endless replayability and heaps of good old fun! Master the chill of the army-freezing Snowstorm, the dread of the skeleton-raising Crypt and the surprise of the invisible Desert Stalker to rule the world, in Swords & Soldiers II!

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21# Syder Arcade - 2013

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Killing zombies never gets old, but sometimes you just need a break. Get back to some serious old-school gaming with Syder Arcade! Syder Arcade is a love letter to Amiga games of the ‘90s, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.

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22# DNO Rasa's Journey - 2015

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Guide Rasa on her journey as she collects lost DNA, and breathes life back into the broken planet. DNO is a continuous side-scrolling platformer that shows remnants of the once great planet Lira. Unlock creatures that once dwelled here, through the use of a unique card collection system, and use power-ups to make your way through each...

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23# Odin Sphere - 2016

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In Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, experience the world of Erion as it hurtles towards the end of days as warring kingdoms clash for control. Take control of the magnificently hand-rendered characters in this enchanted realm, filled with mythical beasts and gargantuan monsters. Five character plots intertwine with each chapter centering on a unique protagonist and their struggles.

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24# Mother Russia Bleeds - 2016

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An old-fashioned beat 'em up with big doses of adrenaline and trippiness, somewhere between the classic style of Streets of Rage and the ultra-violence of Hotline Miami. Set in a cold, ruthless Soviet Union, Mother Russia Bleeds aims to conjure up anxiety, unease, and drug-addled frenzy.

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25# Hex Brutal - 2015

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This is Hex Brutal, an absolute true classic side scroller, impossible yet completely addictive and strangely satisfying! Youll find yourself in a speeding time void deep in space, caught in a futuristic stronghold of mechanical tunnels. Enemy droid planes will be sent to intercept you, all you need to do is learn the tunnel layouts, navigate with speed and keep your hand on the fire button.

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