Top Ten: Platforming Game Mechanics

Sam counts down the top ten most influential mechanics in the genre.

By Sam Stewart. Posted 11/19/2013 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Created and popularized in 1981 with the release of Nintendo’s arcade hit Donkey Kong, the platformer genre is one of the oldest and most varied genres in gaming. Originally recognizable by a few key features (notably, the ability to move around and jump between platforms in an attempt to reach a goal point), tons of platformers have been created over the years, giving us a wide range of crazy mechanics and unique experiences. The mechanics that interest me most are abilities that allow the player to go off the intended path and play in their own unique way, or level design that flips our expectations. It is hard to narrow so many awesome ideas down to such a small number, but here are 10 of the best mechanics in platforming games.

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