11 Best Upcoming Platformers of 2023

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Platformers are some of the most beloved video games of all time, starting with a game we all must have played at one point or another – Mario Bros for the NES. Platforms like most genres have evolved over time. From puzzle platformers to exploration platformers, action platformers and Metroidvanias. There really is something for everyone and unlike most 3D games, you don’t have to spend hours digging into it. These games are easy to play. So here are the best upcoming platforms you should look out for in 2023!

#11 Nine floors

Nine Soils from RedCandleGames
  • Developer: RedCandleGames
  • Editor: RedCandleGames
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, MacOS
  • Exit: 2023 Q2

Like coffee and tea, few things complement each other quite like platforming, Metroidvanias, and beautiful hand-drawn artwork. Nine Sols is a dark and intriguing game with a beautiful visual style and sinister overtones. It’s vaguely reminiscent of games like Katana Zero and Hollow Knight. However, it adds its own signature touch. The gameplay is smooth and fluid, chaining attacks feels absolutely effortless. The music and sound effects are beautiful and complement the story perfectly. This dark offering is sinister, painful, powerful, and utterly captivating. So if you feel like you can’t wait to play it, go for steam, there is a free demo available to help you out.

#10 Disney’s Island of Illusions

  • Editor: Disney Interactive
  • Developer: Dlala Studios
  • Platform: nintendo switch
  • Published:2023

Are you ready for an adventure with classic friends? Disney Illusion Island is a game based on recent Mickey Mouse shorts, and will take you on a 4-way co-op adventure with Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Mickey to save an island from extinction!

The platform will be both fun and familiar as you have to work together and overcome all kinds of obstacles in order to get magic books and save everything!

So grab a few friends and have fun with an oldie as you go through the adventure full of charm, fantasy, great voice acting and more!

#9 Another Crab’s Treasure

Another Crab's Treasure |  Official trailer - YouTube
  • Developer: Aggro Crab
  • Editor: Aggro Crab
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
  • Exit: During 2023

Built from the old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, Another Crab’s Treasure is a Soulslike 3D comedy underwater platformer. As the unsuspecting Crab, face a variety of enemies and use nearby trash as weapons and armor. Using fluid underwater acrobatics, chain together a variety of fast attacks. While this game looks bright, colorful, and almost childish, its references to souls-type games hint at potentially alarming difficulty. In keeping with the genre, combat is fast-paced, and you’re likely relying heavily on your own skills to put these enemies in their place.

#8 One Last Breath

  • Developer: Moonatic Studios
  • Editor: Moonatic Studios
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5
  • Exit: During 2023

Creepy isolation is a trope that often adds excitement and energy to platforming. Nothing beats a frantic dash through a cramped area to outrun a powerful and ruthless enemy. Often this causes the blood to pump violently. Additionally, in recent years there has been a transition to 2.5D platforming environments, which adds greater depth to the game. This adds significantly to the overall visual appeal of playing a game of platformer in a modern hyper-realistic 3D era. One Last Breath is a puzzle-based exploration platformer with a haunting overtone and style. The earth is dying and we are the poison. Filled with desperation, you travel through harsh environments trying to stay alive, while dodging multiple fearsome and unforgiving enemies. Fight your way through this poisonous world and see how long you can survive.

#7 Star Hearts: Launch Point

  • Developer: Arcap LLC
  • Editor: Arcap LLC
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS
  • Exit: Fall 2023

Star Hearts: Launch Point is a 2D platformer offering the promise of pixel-perfect looks combined with tight and fast-paced gameplay. It seems that it will offer more than one title: with a catchy soundtrack and a typical style of the 90s. You will be touched right in the Nostalgia. Star Hearts: Launch Point is reminiscent of games like Ninja Gaiden and Super Metroid. The gameplay is positively buttery, a combination of fast-paced platforming with snappy, tight combat. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it takes place in outer space, where you’ll jump through a variety of seemingly wacky levels that will push your skills to the limit. Rejoice! There is a demo on Steam!

#6 Gunbrella

  • Developer: doinksoft
  • Editor: Digital Devolver
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
  • Exit: 2023

There’s a long history of using umbrellas as firearms, dating all the way back to 1823. However, it still lacked that “tough guy, big man” appeal of running around with a big gun. So far… Gunbrella is a run-and-gun style platformer with excellent tight platforming. He uses an umbrella in multiple ways, both as a weapon and as a unique tool to help you masterfully navigate your surroundings. Gunbrella has a striking pixel art style and fast, smooth gameplay that looks fun and engaging. The singsong and evocative soundtrack matches the overall aesthetic well. Additionally, Gunbrellas appears to even have RPG elements allowing players to make meaningful decisions and feel the impacts of those choices as they progress.

#5 Capelord: Bounty Hunters

  • Developer: Wirasoft
  • Editor: Wirasoft
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS
  • Exit: February 2023

Capelord: Bounty Hunters is a space-age Cyberpunk-style bounty hunt! This 2.5D platformer is a loosely floating action-based game. Set in a space age, you’ll be tasked with slaying enemies through multiple stages while using a variety of upgradable abilities and weapons. If you’re looking for a good time, this seems to be just the game for you to pump out pure brutality to the beat of absolutely slamming music! Playing games of this nature can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, but Capelord promises an exciting storyline and multiplayer mode to help keep things interesting. A demo is available, so give it a try whenever you get the chance!

#4 Moadra

  • Developer: Gloomsoft
  • Editor: Gloomsoft
  • Platforms:Microsoft Windows
  • Exit: During 2023

Moadra is a Metroidvania that will strike a chord for many of us. Especially if your first experience of a combat-based platformer was a Metroid game. It plays as well as any Metroidvania should. However, it sometimes seems almost too similar to Metroid games without ever seeming to directly reference them as inspiration. As an alien warrior astronaut, you will possess similar abilities and experience a level design very familiar to any 2D Metroid game. Thus, fans of the franchise will immediately feel at home. Moadra fills a void in Metroidvanias that plagued fans, until the recent release of Metroid Dread. The visuals are compelling and the gameplay looks enjoyable.

#3 Boo!

  • Developer: Garden of Dreams
  • Editor: Garden of Dreams
  • Platforms: The Windows
  • Exit: May 2, 2023

Sometimes we have to deal with things going on in the night. Even when they are fearsome sinister foes who seem to despise even the slightest shred of humanity. In Boo! you’ll run and fight your way through these spooky scenes, taking special care to avoid a host of evil demons seeking to exterminate any human among them. The art style is unique and looks interesting, the gameplay looks smooth and simple enough for the average gamer to understand. Steam’s writing hints at an engaging storyline with unique twists and a thrilling ending, so keep an eye out!

#2 Dragon Blazers

  • Developer: Sylph
  • Editor: Sylph
  • Platforms: The Windows
  • Exit: April 6, 2023

A crazy amalgamation of 16-bit retro glory days: Dragon Blazers is a game that celebrates all the best elements from the games we all know and love. Drawing on features from several classics, this game promises to be a real party piece featuring all the pixel perfect fun of a bygone era. In keeping with this commitment, Dragon Blazers is a tight side-scrolling combat platformer with a variety of characters and attacks to choose from. Additionally, this game will feature co-op and a few unlockable characters, which means its value is double! It definitely looks like a great couch co-op game worth checking out!

#1 Cosmic: A journey among the shadows

  • Developer: King’s Pleasure
  • Editor: King’s Pleasure
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5
  • Exit: 2023 Q2

A careless wish and a magical star will take you across dimensions through space and time in Cosmic: A Journey Among Shadows. As Cosmic, a savage little creature that doesn’t like its shadow, you’ll be thrown into a grim world where you’ll have to balance light and dark and navigate your way through a vast array of environments. mysterious full of secrets. Solve your puzzle, then demolish your enemies or outrun them in a lightning-fast display of agility. Cosmic promises unique mechanics with smooth gameplay and engaging storyline. All of this will be brought together seamlessly by a team of industry professionals responsible for games like Cyberpunk and Serial Cleaner. Bright neon colors and unique visuals make this an alluring and unique take on platforming. Honestly, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one.

So there you have it, a few games that we are all passionate about. Platformers that seek to challenge themselves while maintaining the frenetic fun we’ve all experienced at some point. That’s the end of this list of upcoming platforms you should watch out for in 2023.

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