131 Best Side Scrolling Games

Side Scrolling (also known as Side scroller or 2D) is a video game where the gameplay action is viewed from a side-view, and the character or protagonist moves from the left side to the right of the screen to complete the objective. The side-scrolling format uses in the platform video game genre revolves around jumping, running, climbing, and fighting through the variety of diverse levels. Super Mario Bros. is the best example of side-scrolling games. Side-scroll format also famous among Role-playing, Beat ‘em up, and the Korean Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games like MapleStory. There are different types of Side-Scrolling games such as Side-scrolling Shooters, Side-scrolling Racing, Side-scrolling Platformers, Side-scrolling Beat ‘em up and more. In these games, the player controls the protagonist, who can move from the left side to the right side, while fighting enemies, collecting coins, power-ups, etc. and scoring the highest points to meet the objectives.
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Another World

Another World is a 1991 Action-Adventure, Graphic Adventure ad Single-player video game with Side-scroll elements developed by Delphine Software. The game follows a character, who is a scientist and finds himself on a dangerous alien planet due to his experiment gone wrong.
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Strider

Strider is a marvelous new Action-Adventure, Platform, Stealth and Hack and Slash video game by Double Helix Games. The game offers an amazingly fast-paced and action filled game-play in which you act as the finest Ninja Assassin named as Strider Hiryu who works for the Strider Organization.
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Cuphead

Cuphead is an Action, Side-scroll, Run and Gun, Single-player and Multiplayer video game published and developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment. The game offers a beautiful world, in which you assume the role of the titular character known as Cuphead, who must battle his way against a set of bosses through a variety of levels to repay a debt to the devil.
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Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage is video game series of Action, Beat ‘em up, Single and Multiplayer developed and published by Sega. The series offers an exciting gameplay and centers on the struggle of several heroes to wipe out a serious thread from the city called Crime Boss Mr.
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Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus

Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus is an Adventure, Cinematic Platform, Single and Multiplayer video game developed by Oddworld Inhabitant and published by GT Interactive Software. It is the sequel to the Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee video game and a spin-off entry in the series of Oddworld.
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Lep’s World

Lep’s World is an Arcade, Traditional Platform, Side-scroll and Single-player video game like Super Mario developed by NerByte GmbH for mobile platforms as well as Microsoft Windows. It is the first title in the series of Lep’s World and offers an exciting gameplay with touch controls.
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Samorost 3

Samorost 3 is an Adventure, Puzzle and Single-player video game developed and published by Amanita Design available to play on multiple platforms. The game mixes the Point and Click and Adventure elements, and it is the third installment in the series of Samorost game and the sequel to Samorost 2.
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Killer Instinct (1995)

Killer Instinct (1995) is an Action, Side-scroll Fighting, Single and Multiplayer video game created by Rareware and published by Midway. According to the story, a powerful megacorporation known as Ultratech organizes a deadly tournament called Killer Instinct and invites several characters to participate in multiple matches.
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Deadlight: Director’s Cut

Deadlight: Director’s Cut developed by Tequila Works and published by Microsoft Studios is an Action, Side-scroll, Horror-Survival and Single-player video game for multiple platforms. The game takes place in the Seattle in 1986 and revolves around the story of the protagonist named as Randall Wayne, who is a former park ranger.
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Build a Bridge!

Build a Bridge is a 2D Puzzle, Side-scroll, and Single-player Construction video game created and published by BoomBit Games for Android and iOS. The game lets you create beautiful and amazing bridges by putting your engineering skills to test and unleashing your creativity.
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Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods is an Adventure and Single-player video game for cross-platform created by Infinite Fall and published by Finji. The plot revolves around the exploration, in which you control a mysterious cat named as Mae, who kicked out from the college to find unexpected changes.
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Rain World

Rain World is a Single-player and Platformer video game created by Videocult and published by Adult Swim Games. In the gameplay, the player commands a strange cat-like creature who is searching for a derelict world for his beloved family.
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Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure is an Adventure, Endless Runner, Side-scroll and Single-player video game created and published by Snowman for Android, iOS, and Windows. The game offers snowboarding element and puts the player in the procedurally generated landscapes.
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Flinthook

Flinthook mixes the Rogue-like, Platform, Side-scroll and Action elements and supports Single-player mode only developed and published by Tribute Games for multiple platforms. In the game, the player commands a space pirate who must explore the randomly generated ships while searching for treasure.
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Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a Side-scroll, Platform, and Single-player Metroidvania created and published by Team Cherry for Cross-platform. The game follows the story of the titular character and his struggle on an epic quest to find out the secrets of the abandoned insect kingdom situated in Hallownest.
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Owlboy

Owlboy is an Adventure, Platform and Single-player video game created and published by D-Pad Studio. The game takes place in the land of the Sky consists of an island separated by a catastrophic event.
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Blocks That Matter

Blocks That Matter is a Puzzle-Platform, 2D Crafting and Building video game created by Swing Swing Submarine. The game casts you in the role of the Robot named as Tetrobot, which can gather blocks by hitting from drilling or under them and can build different structures using multiple blocks in puzzle mode.
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Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 2 is an Arcade, Platform, Side-scroll and Single-player video game developed and published by Nintendo. The game puts the player in the role of the protagonist named as Mario who has a dream of a staircase, opening the door to another world.
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Tank Wars

Tank Wars is a 1990 Side-scroll, Artillery-based, and Strategy video game developed and published by Callum Crane. The game both Single and Multiplayer modes and offers the similar gameplay to Worms, which is also Artillery game.
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Junk Jack

Junk Jack is a brilliant Action-Adventure, Crafting and Sandbox video game created and published by Pixbits for multiple platforms. Like other Crafting and Sandbox games, Junk Jack has no clear objectives with no particular plot.
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Metroid: Zero Mission

Metroid: Zero Mission is an Action-Adventure, Platform and Single-player video game developed by Nintendo. It is the remake of the game named Metroid released in 1986 and the first game in the series of Metroid.
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SpeedRunners

SpeedRunners is a Platform, Side-scroll, Single-player and Multiplayer video game created by DoubleDutch Games and published by tinyBuild. The game offers fast-paced runner gameplay played from side-scroll perspective. It takes place in the thrilling world and features various characters, from which the player can select his favorite one with unique abilities.
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Dark Throne

Dark Throne is an Action-Adventure, Side-scroll, Platform and Single-player video game for Windows platform. It is an exciting game, in which you assume the role of the protagonist, who is a knight.
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Golden Axe

Golden Axe is an Action, Side-scroll, Beat ‘em up, Single and Multiplayer video game created by Sega AM1 and published by Sega. The game combines the elements of hack and slash and fighting elements and it is the first game in the series of Golden Axe released in 1989.
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Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack developed and published by DrinkBox Studios is a Side-scroll, Puzzle-Platform and Single-player video game. It takes place in the 2D world and puts you in the role of the protagonist named as Bob, who is an alien with mutant powers.
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Ecotone

Ecotone is an Action-Adventure, Puzzle-Platform, and Single-player video game released by Sundae Factory. The game offers a unique gameplay that you have ever played before. You’re not a hero and you don’t have to save any world.
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Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV is a brilliant installment in the series of Double Dragon for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation platforms developed and published by Arc System Works. The game brings the Action, Beat ‘em up, and Side-scroll elements with the supports of Single and Multiplayer modes.
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Scooby-Doo Mystery

Scooby-Doo Mystery is an Adventure and Single-player video game created by Argonaut Software. It is a mixture of two different video game, one of the game was published for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and brings Adventure genre with platforming elements.
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The Lost Vikings

The Lost Vikings is a Puzzle-Platform, Co-op and Single-player video game created by Silicon and Synapse and published by Blizzard Entertainment. The game takes place in the stunning world and puts the player in control of three different Vikings with unique abilities.
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Pandemonium

Pandemonium is a Platform and Single-player video game created by Toys for Blob and published by Crystal Dynamics for PlayStation and Windows platforms. It offers an exciting story, in which Nikki, a joker, and Fargus casts a spell to destroy the town.
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Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is an Action, Fighting, Single-player and Multiplayer video game developed and published by Midway Games for multiple platforms. The game introduces a variety of characters and each character has its unique personality and ability.
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Monkey Island 2: Special Edition LeChuck’s Revenge

Monkey Island 2: Special Edition LeChuck’s Revenge is a Single-player and Graphic Adventure video game created and published by LucasArts. The game serves as the 2nd title in the series of Monkey Island and offers an exciting story, in which the protagonist who set out himself on an epic quest to find the mysterious treasure known as Big Whoop after defeating the ghost pirate named LeChuck in the previous title.
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Turmoil

Turmoil is a Business Simulation developed and published by Gamious and supports Single-player mode only. The game offers an exciting gameplay inspired by the oil rush. During the gameplay, the player has to earn money to become the successful entrepreneur.
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Granny Smith

Granny Smith is an Arcade, Side-scroll and Single-player video game developed by Mediocre for Android and iOS. The game offers a brilliant gameplay, revolving around the female protagonist named as Mrs.
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Mighty Switch Force! Academy

Mighty Switch Force! Academy is an Action, Strategy, Platform, Single and Multiplayer video game developed and published by WauForward. The game uses a side-scroll view to manipulate the world consists of a variety of levels filled with enemies and obstacles.
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Resogun

Resogun is a Single-player and Multiplayer Shoot ‘em up and Side-scroll video game developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It takes place in the cylindrical voxel-based environment threatened by enemies.
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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem is a Puzzle and Single-player video game by Nintendo Software Technology. It is the fourth installment in the series of Mario vs. Donkey Kong and offers an exciting gameplay that you have never played before.
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Bad Eggs Online 2

Bad Eggs Online 2 is a Strategy, Artillery-based, and Single-player and Multiplayer video game developed by Bad Viking for Android and iOS. The game features a massive arsenal of weaponry from the local frying pan to chicken of doom.
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Under The Garden

Under The Garden is a Sandbox, Side-scroll and Exploration video game takes place in the harsh winter landscape, where you have limited supplies to survive. In the game, you must control the protagonist and gather the resources such as lumber and food from your place.
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Shrouded in Sanity

Shrouded in Sanity is an Action Role-playing, Pixel Graphics, Adventure and Single-player video game developed by Steve Gal and published by Pugware. The game revolves around horror-survival gameplay inspired by Resident Evil, Eternal Darkness, and Dark Soul.
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Curses ‘N Chaos

Curses ‘N Chaos developed and published by Tribute Games is an Action-Adventure, Co-op, and Beat ‘em up video game focused on Arena Brawler. Both Single-player and Multiplayer modes available and it takes place in the stunning where you as the protagonist must fight your way against waves of enemies through a variety of levels.
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Bridge Constructor Stunts

Bridge Constructor Stunts is a Construction and Single-player Simulation developed by ClockStore and published by Headup Games for cross platforms. It takes place in the three-dimensional environment and introduces a variety of stages.
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Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary offers an Action Role-playing, and Platformer gameplay created and published by Ska Studios. The game has an exciting story, revolving around the protagonist who travels around the world in a ship that is also loaded with a princess from an unnamed territory who is to be married to the king of opposing country to prevent war.
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Soulcalibur

Soulcalibur is a series of a Weapon-based Fighting video game developed by Project Soul and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The series is also known as Soul series and supports both Single and Multiplayer modes.
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Mother Russia Bleeds

Mother Russia Bleeds is a Single and Multiplayer Beat ‘em up video game created by Le Cartel Studio and published by Devolver Digital. The game sets the player to fight through side-scroll perspective in a series of levels using pistols, melee weapons to take down enemies.
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Brain it on the truck!

Brain it on the truck developed by WoogGames is a Physics-based, Puzzle, and Single-player video game for Android and iOS platforms. There is an exciting gameplay to puzzle lover players, in which they must make their plans, using pens to draw a path and control the truck to the end of each level while moving the green box into yellow area.
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Rivals of Aether

Rivals of Aether is an Arcade, Fighting, Online, Single and Multiplayer video game takes place in a brilliant world where territories summon the power of water, earth, air and fire. There are several characters available and you have to select one of them to participate in battles and explore the powers of classical elements.
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Bloody Zombies

Bloody Zombies is an Action-Adventure, Beat ‘em up, Side-scroll Fighting, Single-player and Multiplayer video game created by Paw Print Games Ltd. and published by nDreams. The game takes place in the fictional London invaded by an unknown plague, which transforms the humans into zombie-like creatures.
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Steredenn

Steredenn is a Side-scroll and Space Shooter video game created by Pixelnest Studio and published by Plugin Digital. It takes place in the space world and puts you in insane boss battles.
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Boid

Boid by Mokus Games is a brilliant new Action, Side-Scrolling, RTS and Fighting and run and Gun video game like Metal Slug 3. The game is about an advanced Bio Organic Drone who crash lands on a planet, releases countless life forms to mutate and evolve just according to the environment, develop special abilities and skills, fight against the native enemies and conquer the world to dominate.
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