Super Meat Boy is definitely one of the best skill-based platformers I’ve ever played. But what if you want to play something similar to Team Meat’s two-dimensional platformer? Luckily, there are a bunch of options when it comes to similar games. For games to be on this list they have to be 2D platformers with a challenging difficulty and this is what I came up with
As far as similar games to Super Meat Boy, you won’t find something more similar than Fenix Rage. The latter is trying so hard that the game follows the same structure, visual aspect, music and of course gameplay of Super Meat Boy. Some elements in particular make Fenix Rage a little different (such as infinite double jumps and the possibility of dashing indefinitely,) but for the most part, this is a Super Meat Boy clone.
In VVVVVV, you control a captain who’s lost in a parallel dimension. Before he can escape, Captain Viridian (seriously, that’s his name) needs to locate his crew, but he soon realizes that instead of jumping he can control the gravity of the different environments. One of the best parts about VVVVVV is that the game follows an audiovisual style from the Commodore 64 era, so I hope you like pixelated graphics and chiptunes.
I Wanna Be the Guy
If you thrive on challenge, then I Wanna Be the Guy is definitely for you. This free title is a love letter to difficult games which means that the protagonist will die over and over and over. Inspired by Mega Man, Super Mario and other platformers from the NES era, the game pays homage to some of the best platformers ever made.
Bit.Trip Runner is a fast-paced, rhythm, platformer where you guide Commander Video through environments that are filled with obstacles. To succeed, not only do you need to memorize the different levels, but also pay attention to the chiptune soundtrack. Get ready to jump, slide, kick and run because the game will puts your reflexes to test.
A lot has been said about Spelunky and its difficulty, but this is a game that punishes recklessness. Randomized levels, unpredictable enemies, hidden traps and valuable treasure are what make Spelunky such an entertaining and different experience every time you play it.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I see La-Mulana is “another rogue-like”, but let’s not be that reductive and say that this is an action game where you explore archaeological ruins in a 2D perspective. Exploring sprawling environments, defend from monsters and deactivate traps is what you’ll be spending most of your time when you play that game. But you know what? That idea is totally fine by me!
They Bleed Pixels
At first, this seems like a traditional action platformer, but look a little deeper and you’ll notice that the art has been influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and classic horror media. So the distinct visual style complements the action in a unique way, but its unique aspects don’t just end there. Another interesting aspect about the game is that most actions can be completed with one button, but combat has a level of depth and strategy that other games simply lack.
The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
If you like classic games and Super Meat Boy, The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures might be your next favorite title. The game takes the weird sense of humor from the Angry Video Game Nerd series and applies that to a Mega Man and Castlevania template. The result is a fast-paced action game that’s easy to pick up and hard to put down.
Do you like 8-bit and 16-bit era games? Then I recommend Cave Story. In the game, there are multiple Castlevania elements, but you still run, shoot and explore a lot. Note that the PC version on Steam has HD graphics, new modes, remasters music, new levels and controller support, so if you have to choose between version, the PC version is the one to go.
In Bleed, you assume the role of a girl who has access to a wide arsenal of deadly weapons and she needs to use those guns to annihilate as many monsters as possible. Naturally, this game is more action-oriented, but that doesn’t mean there’s no platforming to be had. There are also bosses, different modes, coop and more.