I call this year The Return of the Platformer because there were so many solid platforming games this year including mobile devices. There were a lot of solid sequels and brand new IPs that just rocked. Platformers have always been one of the oldest and most recognized genres in gaming. The best ones usually offer a unique twist on platforming, have solid and responsive controls, and interesting and unique gameplay changes that make the game feel addictive.
I know big shock right? While everyone’s raving about Super Mario 3D World there’s this little guy in the corner of the PlayStation section a store collecting dust. Puppeteer is the most innovative platformer this year and maybe the most in the past several years. Instead of being a typical 8 or 16-bit retread it using a unique puppeteering gameplay concept. It has a funny and witty story along with great voice acting and loveable characters. I would play this over a new Mario any day.