Always dreamed of running fast, jumping dexterously and overcoming any obstacles? Then take a look at these 15 titles.
Having appeared almost at the dawn of gaming, platformers have been delighting and captivating players of all ages for many years with cunning jumps and amazing worlds. Games with parkour elements can be called a sub-genre that encompasses both aspects at the same time, providing a unique experience. Which of these titles deserve the most attention? We’ll find out now!
The gameplay of Dying Light is interesting because it combines many different elements: infected a la zombies, parkour in the first person, crafting and searching for valuable loot – all in one game.
Oddly enough, parkour fits perfectly here, especially when you have to run from the most dangerous opponents – jumpers. And during normal daytime outings, it’s much more fun to dodge and dash through crowds of the infected than just throw them off the rooftops.
Despite 13 years of existence and a disappointing sequel, the original Mirror’s Edge is still an incredibly fun parkour-based game. Essentially a pioneer in the genre, the title makes it easy to perform spectacular maneuvers such as wall running and smooth sliding. Of course, hand-to-hand combat looks ridiculous, and the game itself is rather short, but how can you get bored of a parkour adventure in a busy metropolis?
A cyberpunk title without major bugs on release? Does this really happen? Ghostrunner amazes with breathtaking speed, combining multiple parkour moves into one spectacular set. The mechanics of one-hit death may seem a bit harsh at first, but in reality it motivates you to master all the technical subtleties and use them with all possible style.
By the way, about strange combinations: Downward from Caracal Games is a post-apocalyptic medieval style with first-person combat and, of course, parkour. The result is a very curious platforming game with free movement and wall jumping. However, despite the quirkiness of the idea, the game surpasses all expectations, especially considering its cost.
An excellent game that is also famous for its addicting parkour mechanics. Here you are exploring a home decoration factory, and the next minute you go to the distant past. Despite the frank uncommonness of some game phenomena, Titanfall 2 copes with its task with a bold scale (and this is not counting the multiplayer, which still remains at its best).
Assassin’s Creed Unity
There is a heated debate among fans about whether to leave Assassin’s Creed as an action RPG or whether it is better to return to the usual stealth and parkour. Assassin’s Creed Unity is the best example of the latter. Paris pleases with spaciousness and freedom of movement, and the opportunity to explore the interiors adds interest to the gameplay. Even if the title itself is not without flaws, it is still a real pleasure to get a lot of pleasure from local jumping, climbing and running.
The premise of Klei Entertainment’s Hot Lava, which previously gave us Don’t Starve, is very simple: the floor is lava. Don’t even think about touching it! To do this, you will need ropes and crossbars, dexterous maneuvers to get around obstacles in the air, and the skill of jumping up the walls. Accuracy is essential in this platformer, but once you master the basics of movement, you can survive at high-speed running at the level of instinct.
If red-hot lava is not to your liking, then Refunct is an excellent relaxing alternative. Along with a soothing soundtrack and a pleasant atmosphere, you will find a clever mix of platforming and parkour. Slide and jump along the walls and ledges, admiring the spectacular landscapes along the way without fear of dying. The game is short but worthwhile.
Although Super Cloudbuilt starts off as a casual platformer with a wall-running run, it soon turns into futuristic landscapes, dynamic gliding, and a jetpack. At some point, you even have to shoot at opponents and dodge obstacles on the way in order to meet in record time. Not exactly a traditional title, but it’s still beautiful in its own way, especially with such a flamboyant art style.
Whether you play as Corvo or Emily, you will always have a variety of parkour tricks in your arsenal to do throughout Karnak. All this is due to the supernatural abilities that both heroes possess, although without them you can easily overcome various obstacles and glide silently in the shadows of a big city. Sure, jumping on top of an enemy to soften a fall isn’t exactly parkour, but it’s still cool.
At first glance, this PS5 exclusive from Lucid Games is all about car combat, but between battles you’ll have to run around on foot to get the best vehicles. Get ready for the sake of survival to dodge oncoming cars, as well as actively jump, run along the walls and rush around the arena, collecting fragments and stealing other cars along the way. The controls in the game are very comfortable and responsive, and not only while driving.
Released in 2012, Vector was originally made for mobile devices, so you can’t call it complicated. Nevertheless, the game looks pretty impressive, and the plot idea, according to which the main character challenges an unfair system, only pleases. In addition, the local parkour is perfectly animated, from spectacular back flips to graceful dives and intricate rebounds.
GTTOD: Get to the Orange Door
This is a stylish retro-futuristic neon shooter with wall-running, sliding and interception of enemy weapons right in the air. The gameplay is smooth, if somewhat harsh since the last update, and support for custom levels and a synthwave soundtrack are just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully the game will only get better by the release date.
Stride is similar in places to the VR version of Mirror’s Edge, and there is nothing wrong with that. The movements are very fluid, which in the case of VR is usually difficult to achieve, and the ability to shoot a firearm on the go is expensive. Endless mode offers even more freedom thanks to dynamic level generation, and overall the game looks promising, although it has only been in Early Access for a few months.
This is a free virtual freerunning with a couple of curious twists. The levels have areas and objects that either speed up or slow down the player. Given the speed of the gameplay, it is important to carefully monitor the environment, as well as to clearly overcome obstacles and jump over pits. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s completely free to play.