Has the return of Crash Bandicoot got you back in the mood for 3D platformers? Here are some suggestions for your next game.
It took the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy just 2 days to top the UK charts and became the highest selling single-platform game of 2017. Our PSN friends list is full of people playing Crash Bandicoot and rightfully so – you can read our review to see why.
The immense success of the Crash Bandicoot remasters feels like one of those turning points in gaming, like this might be the moment, after nearly a decade of waiting in the wings, when the 3D platformer rises in popularity once again. There definitely seems like a groundswell of support for the 3D platformers out there, right?
If, like a few of my friends, you’ve finished the N. Sane Trilogy and you’re looking for other 3D platformers to sink your teeth into, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best you can buy on current generation consoles right now.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way with first. Yooka-Laylee is a retro inspired collectathon from Playtonic, a team filled with ex-Rare developers. While Yooka-Laylee shares a lot with the N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie games, it brings its own charm and modern sensibilities to the mix as we’ll as a wicked sense of self-referential humour. Yooka-Laylee is out now on the PS4, Xbox One & PC and will be released on the Nintendo Switch soon.
Enjoyed the challenge of Crash Bandicoot? Well, fire up Knack and try out the Very Hard mode. No, seriously. It’s as unforgiving as a Souls game and makes Crash look like a walk in the park. It becomes an entirely different game. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself on PS4.
Snake Pass is a 3D puzzle platformer where – wait for it – you play as a snake. Sumo Digital have managed to create a pretty ingenious control method that means you can slither and snake around pipes, up frames and around ruins like a snake would. Snake Pass starts off easy but soon ramps up and offers a real challenge in its last third. It’s pretty damn wonderful and available now on PC, Xbox One, PC and Switch.
Media Molecules under appreciated gem, Tearaway was originally a game full of creativity that fully utilised everything the Vita had to offer. The PS4 version, Unfolded, does much the same for the Dualshock 4. Full of whimsy, charm and the tools to exercise your own imagination, this is a PS4 platformer worthy of your time.
Banjo-Kazooie. Banjo-Tooie. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Conker’s Bad Fur Day. 4 of the most loved collectathon 3D platformers ever created, all in one box. What’s not to love? An Xbox One exclusive, the Rare Replay collection is a lot of game for not a lot of money.
The Last Tinker: City of Colours
The Last Tinker is a vastly underappreciated 3D platformer that I awarded a well deserved 8/10 when it first released back in 2014. It has beautiful environments, lovely fluid gameplay and a story so full of impactful symbolism about racism and segregation that English students might be studying it in 60 years time. I mean, they won’t but they should. The Last Tinker is out now on PC, Mac & PS4.
Ratchet & Clank
One of the best games to release on the PS4 (It is and I’ll fight you about it), Ratchet & Clank is a reboot of the lovable Lombax and his robo-pal. It looks like a Pixar film and plays like… well… a Ratchet & Clank game, only with the benefit of modern day gameplay advances. This game is an absolute classic that’s not getting anywhere near enough recognition.
Think Crash Bandicoot is tough? Try the PS2 on PS4 version of Psychonauts and beat the Meat Circus level and then come back to me. It’s so old-school tough that the trophy name for beating it is called “I Thought That Was Unbeatable!”. Wire walking while dodging fireballs and avoiding a rising pool of lava is crazy difficult but oh so rewarding.
Got any other suggestions? Played a 3D platformer you think our readers would like? Head to the comments section and let loose.