The platformer genre is one that has thrived since the dawn of video games, with dozens of brilliant games rife with fantastic characters and fun gameplay. Many of these titles are the most loved video games of all-time, with a number of the main characters going on to become “mascots” for the industry. Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Crash Bandicoot are a few of the best known and most beloved games and characters (and for good reason), but what about the games that flew under the radar? Here are the 10 most underrated platformers of all-time.
Crystal Dynamics are famed for developing the immensely popular and influential Tomb Raider franchise, but they also developed a very fun and wacky platformer in 2003 called Whiplash, which was darker, funnier, and more deranged than most games in the genre. Released on PS2 and Xbox, Whiplash had players control a weasel chained to a rabbit, who must work together to escape an animal testing facility. The weasel, Spanx, is the main character and the crazier of the two, while the rabbit, Redmond, is more of a tool and provides sarcastic humor. Although the game was deemed “average” by the majority of critics, the unique set-up, darker tone, and humor made this a game that was still great fun to play and very different to other games in the genre (which have a tendency to be very similar).