Top 5: Crowdfunded 2D Platformers

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo have proven to be viable resources when it comes to funding games and one of the most popular genres has been two-dimensional platformers. Of course, not every 2D platformer has been terrific (Mighty Number 9, I’m looking at you,) but there have been some modern classics that wouldn’t be possible without crowfunding platformer. Here are some of those games.


5. Thomas Was Alone (PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Linux, iOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U)

Amount Raised: $2,452

In Thomas Was Alone, you control a rectangle-shaped character who works with other shapes, each with its own personality, throughout several levels. The simplistic shapes, minimalist design of the levels, carefully introduced puzzles and beautiful score make Thomas Was Alone a unique an endearing platformer.


4. Cloudberry Kingdom (PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

Amount Raised: $23,582

The main drawn in Cloudberry Kingdom are its procedurally generated levels that adapt to the players’ skills, so each time you start the game, the artificial intelligence build new environments. As a consequence, each playthrough is completely different and should you ever get stuck, you can summon the AI to show you the correct way of finishing the level you’re playing.


3. Volgarr the Viking (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, DreamCast, PlayStation 4)

Amount Raised: $39,964

Inspired by the sidescrolling platformer of the 80s, Volgarr the Viking features the graphical style and difficulty of games like Ghosts n’ Goblins or Golden Axe. In this game, Volgarr is in charge of killing a dragon and to do so, he has a sword, spear, wooden shield and several other weapons at his disposal. Note that Volgarr the Viking is notorious for its high difficulty which means you’ll die over and over, but it’s never unfair like some of its inspirations.


2. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, PC, Xbox One)

Amount Raised: $947,937

Like in previous installments of Shantae, the game puts you in the shoes of a half-genie hero who can whip her hair to defeat enemies. She also unlocks several dances that transforms her into different animals with unique abilities that allow you to fly, climb, cross gaps, stomp and so on. The varied level design, entertaining transformations, fun score and smooth gameplay, make Shantae a joyous experience. Even as someone who has never played previous installments, Half-Genie Hero is a great introduction to the series.


1. Shovel Knight (Amazon Fire TV, PC, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)

Amount Raised: $311,502

With Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games created a modern classic. Inspired by the gameplay and graphics of NES platformers, the game puts you in the shoes of the eponymous protagonist as he collects treasure and fights enemies with his shovel. This brilliant homage manages to remain fresh and captivating even if it was inspired by classic titles like DuckTales or Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.


Source for the amount of money raised for each game: Wikipedia