Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that allows you to play hundreds of games, both exclusive and from other developers, on Xbox consoles, cloud and PC (and many titles have save sharing). This is currently excellent value for money and the catalog is updated frequently. Signed up now or are you thinking about it? Then check out some platform games on Game Pass.
As stated before, the offer catalog changes periodically and some titles may be replaced. The service itself warns you about this and, if you really like a game that is about to leave the platform, you receive a discount (for being a subscriber) to buy it and have it permanently in your library.
That said, here are some great suggestions to start exploring Xbox Game Pass when it comes to platform games. The catalog for this list was consulted on January 11, 2022.
1. Dead Cells
Dead Cells is a wonderful action-adventure game with roguelike elements. With scenarios that change with each new attempt by your character to advance a little further, this is a game with super fluid, challenging gameplay that will require you to pay close attention to unexpected attacks and traps.
As with any roguelike, the idea is not to win in a single race, but to come back several times to accumulate orbs of souls (from enemies) that can be used to buy improvements for the protagonist, in addition to unlocking secret passages, finding blueprints with instructions for make new weapons, etc.
Three DLCs are now available for Dead Cells: The Bad Seed, Fatal Falls e The Queen and the Sea.
2. Ori and the Blind Forest e Ori and the Will of the Wisps
In every list that I have the opportunity to nominate or, I will indicate. Both games, especially Will of the Wisps, are among the best platform games with metroidvania elements ever made. The story of little Ori’s journey is exciting and the settings look so beautiful hand-painted.
The gameplay evolved well from the first game to the second and Ori now attacks directly, with abilities that the character can unlock as he progresses. Mobility has also been improved and you’ll have to constantly use elements of the scenario itself to explore certain areas and evade chases, for example.
3. It Takes Two
Game of the Year 2021 by The Game Awards, It Takes Two is part of the EA Play collection within Game Pass. This is a platform game that needs to be played in co-op mode, either local or online, and it brings an amazing gameplay experience. That’s because the game mixes, to its mechanics, several other styles, such as: shooter, fighting game, dungeon crawler, racing and others.
It Takes Two It’s not a very long game, it lasts an average of 15 hours, and although it allows for some exploration, it’s more linear. But I believe that the time it takes to close it is ideal to tell the story of the two parents who need to understand each other to make their daughter happy again. It is worth mentioning that the NPCs are very fun and the boss fights, although not so difficult, bring a challenge in the right measure.
4. Unravel e Unravel Two
Also as part of the EA Play collection on Game Pass, both games in the series Unravel they bring the friendly Yarny, a little creature made of wool who needs to overcome several obstacles inside the house, in the garden and even in a forest using his own body, that is, his wool threads to create bridges, trampolines and to open passages. In Unravel 2 It is possible to play in co-op as well.
The title is an adorable platform and puzzle game, almost bordering on contemplative, with a very beautiful look and, despite not saying a word, Yarny is super cute. This wool figure is worth venturing out as he tries to rebuild a family’s lost memories.
5. Human Fall Flat
Human Fall Flat It’s both chaotic and fun at the same time. All developed around a purposefully crazy physics in a platform game, the game is ideal to play and get stressed or laugh a lot among friends (or all of that together).
Over 18 levels, which are like mini worlds, you and your team need to think outside the box to solve puzzles and reach the end of the level. And that’s where the game shines because you can stack, grab, and destroy just about everything in front of you. This is a game that receives new levels periodically, so it’s always good to check the news.
6. Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight is a metroidvania well liked by fans of platform games and brings a moderate to high dose of challenge (especially in boss fights). With a more noir visual aspect and in shades of gray and black, the game has an easy-to-learn gameplay, but you’ll need to train to achieve mastery (especially to engage all the combos at the right time).
This mix between metroidvania and souls like will keep you busy for good hours and I hope you have patience and focus, because it takes work to finish. But the feeling of completing it is wonderful.
7. The Artful Escape
The Artful Escape It’s a psychedelic trip with lots of music and a very interesting story. The game is a side-scrolling platformer and a love letter to the musical influences of Australian artist Johnny Galvatron.
In the voice cast, the title brings, for example, Lena Headey (the Cersei Lannister of Game Of Thrones) and Carl Weathers (recently as Greef Karga, in The Mandalorian). The game is almost contemplative, but it should appeal to those who enjoy beautiful and colorful visuals and incredible soundtracks.
And these were some platform game suggestions on Xbox Game Pass. Did you like it? Do you have more games that you think could be on this list? Leave your opinion in the comments!