Platformers will forever hold a special place in my heart. They are so varied, provide great experiences and seem to have incredible level design, attention to detail and a fine balance between too difficult and too easy. It’s a genre that has truly stood the test of time and you only need to look back at the original Mario games to see just how far back they go.
Ori and the Blind Forest
This was a pretty hotly contested category, especially with the Nintendo games putting up a strong show this year, after all it is their forte. This year, however, they were outdone by one game, and one game only, and that was Ori and the Blind Forest which comes through for yet another award. Ori and the Blind Forest was special for more than one reason but the platforming was nothing short of magical… so far to say it was even Nintendo-esque. The platforming had the perfect learning curve from start to finish, it threw in new elements as you got further to keep the journey fresh. It mixed up some many standard platforming ideas and combined them wonderfully. Whether you are just jumping from side-to-side while taking on enemies, or trying to beat the boss battle for the 100th time, once you managed a section you had a true sense of glee. It really is platforming at the highest level.
Runner-up: Super Mario Maker
Honourable Mentions: Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush