Best PS5 platformer games to play in April 2024

Whether you're into retro jumping games or precise modern platformers, this list of the best PS5 platformer games showcases the very best of this classic genre!

Best PS5 platformer games to play in April 2024
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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With the PlayStation brand finding its footing internationally largely thanks to platforming mascots like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, it's safe to say that the platformer genre remains a big deal to Sony's branding. That's why one of the best PS5 platformer games, Astro's Playroom, comes free on the PS5 itself! Plus, if you're looking for more platformer games to play in 2024, we've got 12 lined up for you — including the newly added Penny's Big Breakaway!

The top 12 platformer games on PS5

The TrueTrophies team have pooled their PS5 and PS4 gaming experience together to bring you a list of their absolute favorite PS5 platformer games. TrueTrophies Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean have each personally had hands-on time with these, and have even ranked a couple of entries here among the best PS5 games available.

In case you weren't aware, the platformer game genre describes games where the challenge largely involves moving around the world and avoiding pits and hazards. Some PS5 platformer games throw in a little more action than others; for our list, we largely steered clear of any titles that lean a little too heavily on guns. Basically: we're thinking more Spyro the Dragon than Ratchet and Clank. Check out the full list of PS5 platformer games below!

Lee

12. SpongeBob SquarePants The Cosmic Shake

This is the long, long awaited follow-up to perennial PS2 platforming classic SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom. The adventure steps up the platforming insanity with twisty portals, distinct world themes, and an abundance of collectibles to be uncovered. The Cosmic Shake also adheres brilliantly to the animated nonsense of the long-lived SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon, and it's impressive just how close to an actual episode it feels at times.

Lee

11. Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series bundles together two of the most oft-overlooked platformers in PlayStation history: Klonoa Door to Phantomile on the PS1 and Klonoa 2 Lunatea's Veil on the PS2. These 2.5D platformers star Klonoa — a dream-travelling Sonic the Hedgehog-looking dude who uses a magic ring to turn his foes into projectiles or bounce pads.

While a little dated by today's standards, these platformers still showcase some incredible creativity, and even have surprisingly twisty stories attached to them. Plus, the Phantasy Reverie Series in available on PS Plus Extra and can be played by two players, so it's perfect for those looking to share their love for retro platformers.

Lee

10. A Hat in Time

Do you know who also makes really good platformers? Nintendo. Unfortunately, your Mario's and your Donkey Kong's are all tied up on some other console — you can't play them on PS5 or PS4. However, that doesn’t mean the PS5 and PS4 lack alternatives! In fact, as one such alternative, A Hat in Time has something that many a Nintendo-produced platformer lacks today: a soul. Unbound by corporate hand-wringing, A Hat in Time goes a lot further and gets a lot weirder than any game Nintendo would likely greenlight today, and it really deserves your attention for that.

Lee

9. Sackboy A Big Adventure

If you loved the platforming of LittleBigPlanet, then you'll likely find Sackboy A Big Adventure to be the perfect chaser. Finally let loose from the horizontal 2D plane, Sackboy bounces around in more directions than ever before in his PS5 debut. Much like the original games, you can play Sackboy A Big Adventure in 4-player couch co-op, making this a great one to mess around with when your friends (or kids) are looking for a fun distraction.

Lee

8. Jusant

This one's a bit more technical than your average platformer, requiring a thoughtful approach to climbing, scaling mountain sides, and working out the fastest/shortest way up a cliff. What makes Jusant work as a platformer is exactly all the same stuff that makes every great platformer work — a reliance on precision, maneuverability in 3D space, and a fear of falling down. If you like your platformer games to be a bit more thoughtful, this is the one you want.

Lee

7. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Unlike the generosity that was shown Crash Bandicoot fans in getting a brand new fourth game, Spyro 4 stills remains but a wish in every classic PlayStation fan's heart. No need to mess with success, though: the Spyro Reignited Trilogy updates the visual presentation of some of the original PlayStation’s finest platformers, combines them into one perfect package, and lets you collect some breezy platinum Spyro-themed platinum trophies to boot.

Lee

6. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

While PlayStation is home to three superb remakes of Naughty Dog’s classic Crash Bandicoot games via the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, chances are if you’re a PlayStation fan at all you’ve already played these three games to the death. If so, then you owe it to yourself to play Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time — a Crash game designed to give fans what they had been wanting all these years.

The developers seemingly challenged themselves to design a game that ensures that no person ever dare demand a Crash Bandicoot 5 — there's just that much stuff crammed in here. Varied levels, alternate characters, tons of collectibles; there's even a multiplayer mode! Granted, it's just passing the one controller around whenever you die or reach a checkpoint, but it's still very considered and very cool.

Lee

5. Psychonauts 2

Craving some of the energy that you used to see in 3D platformers of old? Released sixteen years after the original, Psychonauts 2 accomplishes the weight task of recapturing the heights of creativity, comedy, and joy offered by the original even after all this time. Raz's Psychonaut training picks up as if nothing ever happened, with the only distinct difference you’ll notice being 16 years' worth of ground-breaking visual fidelity now being poured into bringing back this PS2-era cult classic.

Lee

4. Penny's Big Breakaway

The folks behind the second-best platformer game on this list (that's Sonic Mania, just to be clear) ended up forming a new company called Evening Star after parting ways with Sega. Evening Star then went on to make Penny's Big Breakaway as its debut title, and if you're a fan of their previous efforts mastery of momentum-focused platforming, then you are absolutely going to love this title.

In Penny's Big Breakaway, you play as a street artist (named Penny), who must travel the planet (named Macaroon) with her enchanted yo-yo (named Yo-Yo) to escape the furious emperor (named Eddie) after accidentally robbing him of his clothes during a talent show.

Penny can use her Yo-Yo to skip through they air like in Super Mario Odyssey, to roll down slopes like in Sonic the Hedgehog, and to beat up penguins like in Crash Bandicoot. Yet, in all those connections to classic games, the momentum platforming in this one feels utterly unique to Penny's Big Breakaway. It's a must for fans looking for a fresh take on the 3D platformer genre.

Lee

3. Celeste

  • Here are the Celeste trophies
  • Multiplayer? No
  • It it on PS Plus? Yes; PS Plus Extra
Platformers are often so concerned with the ground beneath your feet — what about walls? When Kat from Gravity Rush stands on a wall: action-RPG. When Spider-Man stands on a wall: open-world action-adventure. When Madeline from Celeste hugs a sheer-cliff wall before performing a pixel-perfect trial-and-error zip-dash dive just to make it to the next wall: that's a platformer. It's also one of the very best around, so you really owe it to yourself to check it out.

Lee

2. Sonic Mania Plus

  • Here are the Sonic Mania trophies
  • Multiplayer? Yes; Local and Online (up to 4 players; up to 2 players without DLC)
  • It it on PS Plus? No
Sure, Sonic Frontiers — the latest 3D Sonic platformer — is a pretty good game. When it comes to the best Sonic games on PlayStation, however, there’s one title on everyone’s lips: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic Mania. More than a return to 2D platforming glory for Sega’s mascot, Sonic Mania legitimately builds upon the legacy of Sonic’s classic level design. With the expanded Sonic Mania Plus, you also get more characters to play around with and an expanded multiplayer mode, so go all-in and check this one out.

Kes

1. Astro’s Playroom

Astro's Playroom is a love letter to all things PlayStation. The game might ship with your fancy new PS5, but don't let that fool you into thinking this is a game uninterested in the past. Instead, it utilises every inch of present-day hardware to give you one of the slickest PS2-inspired platformers you could imagine. It feels like a classic to play, except for the very modern sensations rippling through your hands via the DualSense's features — yet it still isn't governed by anything it 'should' be; it's the perfection of the classic.

You leap into frog suits, put on ice skates, and control a rocket. It's creative and gorgeous, yet still full of life and vigour. It's the perfect length, too. In addition, the DualSense rumbles and shudders depending on the surface your cute mascot Astro Bot tippers or tappers around on. Throw in statues of PlayStation Peripherals and references to classic game series, and you are onto a winner. Astro's Playroom should be everyone's first must-play PS5 game, and that alone makes it one of the best platformers of all time.

That's our list! If you came here looking for a few more multiplayer recommendations, why not check our list of the best 2 player PS5 games as well — there's a couple of great platformers on that list too. Did we miss any of your favorites? Shout them out in the comments below!
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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