OS X Any Gorgeous Platformer Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by iBighouse, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. iBighouse macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2012
    I would like to play some platformers on my iMac 5K. I'm partial to things like Metroid, Outlander, Donkey Kong, etc....that kind of run, jump, dodge, fire sort of thing. I love great graphics and don't like any kind of "tower defense" or strategy type game. I'm also not particularly fond of any kind of games which have small characters on a screen that move around in a birdseye view and interact with dialog with other creatures/characters/objects. (Although...that "transistor" game looks gorgeous graphically...hmmmm.)

    Way to much to remember for me. I just want to run, jump shoot dodge, etc.

    AND, I would like to be able to use my MS wired xbox 360 controller on it. So, any title recommendations???
  2. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    You might like Castle of Illusion (it's a Mickey Mouse game, mix of side-scrolling and some 3D) and Trine 2 is really beautiful. I haven't played either on anything than my MacBook Pro, so I'm not sure how they display on an iMac 5K.
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    I've heard really good things about Ori and the Blind Forest, and it looks beautiful. Unfortunately, no word on a Mac version, even though it uses Unity...
  4. iBighouse thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2012
    I will look into Trine 2- thanks!

    (I get tired of seeing Mickey Mouse and Disney characters anytime I watch anything on ABC...their own self-promotion and narcissism infuriates me at times and I don't know if I can play as "Mickey Mouse" without wanting to break my new iMac monitor!)
  5. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I'm not that into Disney, and I have no real feelings about Mickey, but it was a really fun, dare I say "magical" game, especially the milk-shake level.

    Trine 2 is great, too. I got through all of Trine 2 and was going to buy the expansion pack through the Mac App Store and for some reason it's not working through there. I e-mailed them many times and they finally gave me a free download code for the game that includes the DLC through Steam, but to get to the DLC I'd have to beat the game again. So, if you're interested in the entire game, be aware that you apparently can't add the extra levels trough the Mac App Store. The original Trine is great, as well. I mentioned Trine 2 in particular because the graphics are even more impressive, but both are beautiful.
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    Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
  7. Bertrude macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2010
    I'd agree that Trine 1 and 2 are both excellent. They are made even more enjoyable in co-op if you have someone else to join you. They're both frequently on sale via Steam if you're prepared to wait for the right moment. Both work with 360 controllers too if you have the Tattiebogle controller driver installed.

    You might also like Rayman Origins - it's a lovely looking platformer.
  8. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    I'd recommend Shovel Knight (a Mega-Man style platformer), although I'm not exactly sure if it supports 4K. However, it's a pixelated NES-like game, so it may not be the best choice.
  9. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is pretty good and has very nice graphics. I'd second the recommendation for Ori and the Blind Forest, it looks really great though I haven't tried it yet. Tengami, originally an iOS game, is also nice.
  10. Janichsan macrumors 68000


    Oct 23, 2006
    In addition to the already mentioned games I would also suggest Guacamelee: it's a really excellent Metroidvania type game.
  11. Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    Well, it'd look about the same at 3840x2160 as it will 320x240. It's beauty all depends on whether you like pixel art or not.

    One platformer I have a particular love for is Bionic Command: Rearmed. If you're planning on bootcamping, I'd pick it up on Steam.

    Here's a video...

  12. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    Deadlight was a fun side scrolling, zombie shooting, platformer. I played it on X360. Looks like it's available on Windows as well.
  13. xSinghx Suspended


    Oct 2, 2012
    I'm surprised no one has brought it up yet but Limbo usually gets a lot of mentions. I've not played it myself but by the look of it, it would seem to fit all of your requirements.

    Also you may just want to download open emu if you are craving some of the classics.

  14. kaioshade macrumors regular


    Nov 24, 2010
    I actually just finished this the other day. Absolutely amazing game. Very challenging as well.
  15. iBighouse thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2012
    Or looks like it would be right in my wheelhouse. I wish it was available for the Mac.
  16. UniDoubleU macrumors regular


    Aug 14, 2014
    Might be a bit old, but Braid is a modern-classic platformer. Limbo is great also.

    The other ones mentioned in this thread are all great games.
  17. xSinghx Suspended


    Oct 2, 2012
    I forgot to mention Guacamelee! which so far has been pretty fun for me and is exactly the Metroid/Vania style game you're asking for.


    It's only on windows atm but given they've just released it to PS4 and Xbox as well, I'm sure an OSX version will eventually make its way to us.
  18. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Child of Light looks like it would fit the bill, but it is Windows only.

    Rochard is another fun one, and it's available on OS X. I played this one on the PS3, and I'll probably pick it up here if/when it goes on sale next.
  19. happygodavid macrumors regular


    May 14, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Hands down, use Steam.

    +1 on Child of Light and Trine 2, if you run Bootcamp.

    On the Mac side, I LOVED Limbo and Mark of the Ninja. Super Meat Boy is insanely difficult, but it's a blast as well.

    Other ones you may like:
    Portal 1 and 2
    Half Life 2 (the quintessential shooter for PC gaming; available for Mac)
    The Fall
    +1 for Shovel Knight

    Steam has great sales year round. Just add all the games that interest you to your wish list, and you'll get an email when they're on sale.

    Whatever you do, don't start playing Minecraft if you want to get anything done. ;)

    Happy gaming! :)
  20. AndreUK macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
  21. AndreUK macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
    ...oh and...

    +1 to Braid. Didn't think I'd like it, but I really did. Very clever, frustrating and rewarding.

    Trine is pretty and fun to play.

    The Swapper, which I've only just started, looks really promising.

    (I'm a bit partial to the indie crowd and a "bit behind the curve").
  22. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
  23. ataricrypt macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2015
  24. s-hatland macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    seconding (thirding?) guacamelee - this is your "metroid-like" game. it's beautiful and funny and clever and tons of fun. someone said it's not out for Mac, but it most certainly is - got mine from a humble bundle about 6 or 8 months ago

    thanks for everyone else's suggestions - looks like i have a few to check out!

    edit: works with controllers too!

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