The Best Platformers on PlayStation Now

Platformers used to dominate the console market, and despite a few lean years they never really went away. Consequently, PS Now has a huge selection of platforming games; from action platformers where reflexes are critical, to platformer-puzzle games where a little lateral thinking goes a long way. In order to help you choose the best platformers to play, here are the ten or so best platforming games on PSNow based on their Metacritic review score.

1. Braid

Explore the human condition and manipulate time as our hero Tim explores the lush, painterly world of Braid, a puzzle-platformer that takes you from a house in the city on a journey through a series of worlds to solve puzzles and rescue the princess.

Metacritic Score93
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2009
ThemeFantasy

2. Journey

Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. You wake alone and surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop which is your goal.

Metacritic Score92
Game ModesOnline Coop: 2 Players, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2012
ThemeFantasy

3. Celeste

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of the massive Celeste Mountain – 700+ screens of hardcore platforming challenges and devious secrets – in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall.

Metacritic Score91
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2018
ThemeFantasy

4. Limbo

LIMBO is a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure, in which the player is put in the role of a young boy traveling through an eerie and treacherous world in an attempt to discover the fate of his sister.

Metacritic Score90
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2015
ThemeHorror

5. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

In this follow-up to the best-selling series, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time puts players into the role of both Ratchet and Clank as they attempt to reunite and save the universe. Along the way, both finally uncover the hidden truth behind their origins, and discover their ultimate destinies.

Metacritic Score87
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2009
ThemeComedy, Sci-Fi

6. Bionic Commando: Rearmed

Bionic Commando Rearmed sees a return of the intense 2D side-scrolling, shooting, and grappling action from the much-loved 1988 Bionic Commando on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Bionic Commando Rearmed brings the amazing gameplay up to date with new visuals, new weapons, online rankings, a reworked musical score, and more.

Metacritic Score87
Game ModesLocal Coop: 2 Players, Local Competitive, Online Competitive, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2008
ThemeComedy, Sci-Fi, Superhero

7. Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition

In a bizarre universe in which the oppressed are on the verge of oblivion, Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara.

MetaCritic Score86
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2018
ThemeFantasy

8. Velocity 2X

Engage the Quarp Drive teleport to outsmart the enemy in race-tuned space combat, then dock your ship, jump out and run around on foot to infiltrate enemy bases. Once you’ve disabled internal defenses, jump back into the Quarp Jet and continue your mission! 

Metacritic Score86
Game ModesSingle Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2014
ThemeSci-Fi

9. The Sly Collection

Developed exclusively for the PS3, The Sly Collection features three PlayStation 2 action-packed classic hits (Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racconus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves) fully remastered in high definition.

MetaCritic Score85
Game ModesSingle Player, Local Competitive: 2 Players, Local Coop: 2 Players (Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves)
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2010

10. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a challenging fast-paced platformer with a twist. You can warp Giana’s dream world to transform your abilities and surroundings. Use your skill, speed, brains, and powers to defeat the dangers that populate these twisted dreams!

MetaCritic Score85
No. of PlayersSingle Player
PlatformPS4
FormatDownload, Stream
Release Year2014
ThemeFantasy

11. Sound Shapes

Play, Compose and Share in a unique take on the classic sidescrolling platformer where your actions make the music. With equal parts musical instrument and game, Sound Shapes gives everyone the ability to make music. Set different shapes into the world to make musical notes and trigger sounds through your actions.

MetaCritic Score84
No. of PlayersSingle Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2012
ThemeMusic

12. Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! is a Metroid-vania style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican inspired world. The game draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore, and features many interesting and unique characters. Guacamelee builds upon the classic open-world Metroid-vania style of games, by adding a strong melee combat component, a new dimension switching mechanic, and cooperative same-screen multiplayer for the entire story.

MetaCritic Score84
No. of PlayersLocal Coop: 2 Players, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2013
ThemeComedy, Fantasy

Spelunky game cover art

13. Spelunky

Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a new and challenging experience each time you play! Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with monsters, traps, and treasure. Fully-destructible environments open up lots of strategies and make it a blast to master the game’s many secrets.

MetaCritic Score83
No. of PlayersLocal Competitive, Local Coop: 4 Players, Single Player
PlatformPS3
FormatStream
Release Year2013

Looking for more choices? You can view all PlayStation Now platforming games at PSNowGuide (where you can filter them by review score, gameplay modes, and more).