ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Across the board the seminal pairing of Ratchet & Clank are getting rave reviews for their return to consoles and their cinematic debut. Which is great for us gamers, right? Maybe this means production studios have finally figured out how to make a good video game movie.

But with the success of Ratchet & Clank comes a strange melancholy. If these guys can do it, what about these other forgotten icons of jump and run games? Some obscure and some left to rot.

Surely these games should get another chance in the sun. Have a look and see if you agree:

1. 9 Lives

9 Lives landing screen
9 Lives landing screen

I still don't truly understand what the hell you're supposed to do in this game. It's been a very, very long time since I last played it on my old Atari ST. But 9 Lives is a nostalgic treat for me, and was pretty tough to beat to. As in I'm still yet too...

Plus it's super cute! Look:

2. Rayman

Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends

The limbless badass absolutely tore his way into the last gen with some incredible turnouts in Rayman Origins & Legends, but it seems as if the little legend has made the switch over to mobile devices for good. With the strength of Rayman creator Michel Ancel's imagination and the Ubi Art engine combined, I really hope that Ubisoft decide to bring Rayman home once again.

3. Claymates

A super obscure SNES platformer, Claymates is a beauty of a trip. Colorful, crazy and considerably cute, the game put you in the sphere of a sentient piece of clay who was once a boy called Clayton. He navigates his way through various stages around the world, in attempt to locate his kidnapped father. Clayton can transform into animals too, which is a helpful mechanic for reaching tight spots on the level.

Also, the music is so good:

4. Mega Man

Cruelly left at the alter by Capcom, Mega Man is one hero that most definitely deserves to get a run out again. Though a legacy edition of the blue helmeted hero's early adventures was released this year, wouldn't it be amazing to have a whole new caper to blast arm-mounted cannons at?

5. Earthworm Jim

Though the character has fallen from the his once lofty spot of one of the many heroes of 90s entertainment, the legacy of the Earthwork Jim games need no introduction, because they were some of the most solid platformers of the last 20 years. And batshit crazy too! I mean, check this level out:

6. Crash Bandicoot

This is a total no-brainer, right? It's high time for the PlayStation 1's madcap mascot to return to games. And I have the sneaking suspicion that this may be on the cards over the next few years...

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

It's safe to say Sonic hasn't had the best of times of late. The little guy should get a cup of tea and a reassuring pat on the back; the universally recognized symbol that everything will be okay. But will it? Will we ever see another good Sonic game again? One that captures the speed and thrills of its original side-scrolling sorcery?

Maybe. Hopefully!

What do you think?

Which platformer would you like to see return?


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