Platformines is a unique 2D platformer packed with exploration, RPG and shooter elements, set in a vast 16-bit underground world! Customise your character, master all difficulty levels and literally jump to the top of the leaderboards to prove your skills!
User reviews: Mixed (223 reviews) - 67% of the 223 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014

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“Platformines is looking really promising. An enormous game in its beta form”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“It's an addictive loot grinder, a punishing technical platformer, a slick SHMUP and a free-roaming explor-a-thon all rolled into one; brought together with attractive artwork and infinitely replayable randomisation.”

“Platformines is Borderlands 2, if Borderlands 2 was a 2D platform shooter with retro graphics”

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About This Game

Platformines is a unique 2D platformer packed with exploration, RPG and shooter elements, set in a vast 16-bit underground world. In their quest to rebuild their spaceship, players will embark on a journey to discover the mysteries of a gigantic complex of mines. Deadly enemies, traps and treasures are just a few to mention from what players will encounter while trying to escape from the hostile world. Customise your character, master all difficulty levels and literally jump to the top of the leaderboards to prove your skills!

Limitless Gameplay:

  • An infinite number of randomly generated worlds to explore each one with its own configuration of traps and enemies!
  • Unstoppable old-school action with 3 different difficulty levels to master!
  • Discover hidden chests or just…loot your enemies in order to get tons of items and upgrades!

Limitless Customization:

  • Build your character choosing from countless customization options
  • Additional in-game fancy items, like hats & wigs, for even further customisation

Limitless Fun:

  • Retro gaming experience with 16-bit graphics & reinvented classical music
  • Simple classic mechanics for immediate fun; jump and slash!
  • Prove your skills and climb to the top of the leaderboards!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 260 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller Supported
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
190.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Platformines is my favorite rogue-like game of all the ones I've played.

I was at UC Berkeley when my classmate Ken Arnold wrote rogue. I have had a lot of playtime with it and others through the years.

I read the mixed reviews and waited till I completed the game before I wrote this since I thought it might ramp up to an unplayable frenzy. It was evenly challenging and delightful through my win on the easiest level. I am a fair way through the middle levl and have hope for me and the hardest level.

I like the varied play: radomized maze based on name chosen, crazy wonderful frustrating enemies. discovering new portals as you dash about the maze trying to reach a deignated spot, resetting health when you reach portal, losing seeing maze in proportion to amount of healt you have, and hats that alter your abilities, found gems to sell or boost health.

I love all the natural features on the xbox controller. It is easy to switch among guns

It is a thouroughly satisfying game. I showed it to my students at a recent conference I took them to. Most all are gamers, many are game developers. There was a lot of excitement about Platformines

------- It now a couple of months later ------
I just finished the hardcore level. This game was delightful to the last drop. It was wonderfully challenging
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
Platformines is a side-scroller in a randomly generated world whereby you navigate to collect 9 different items that will help you fix a drill to escape the mines.

Game loop:
Teleport to the closest portal (once you have used you can navigate portal-to portal) to your objective.
KIll baddies on the way to said objective and collect their gear and "gems".
Hope you get another portal on the way.
Activate closer portal.
Navigate back to base.
Sell stuff, equip better gear, or buy better gear.

- No crafting of any description. Even if it looks like all those games.
- No coop that I saw (just leaderboards).
- I used a wired 360 controller. It played fine.

The game is fun and can be beaten the first time in around 5 hours. Since the world is random, there is a lot of replayability. Worth a shot if you like side scrollers.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
The first half of this game is perfect. But I don't buy a game for half of a game. Get ready to never finish this game because once you buy everything and you're only halfway through, that's it, No more leveling, no more platforming, just pure agony and masochism. The developer actually defends leaving it in this state, which is unplayable. It becomes luck instead of skill, Chance instead of grind. Once I got to that point, I had to look up reviews online to see if it was seriously this ♥♥♥♥♥♥. Yup. Just look up "Any other energy belts after 3?" and you'll see for yourself. Unforgivable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
Here's a video I made taking a look at the start of this game.

After making that video I played through to the end of the game and my overall impression was positive even if the game tends towards being a bit repetitive, and not all that long.

In my video I said that I'd heard it was something of a roguelike or roguelite, but after having played it all the way through, I'd disagree with that categorisation.

In my opinion, it is more of an Action RPG, similar in concept to games like Diablo, Torchlight and Path of Exile.
Sure, it's a platformer, and it's all about guns instead of swords and magic, but the principles are the same.
The core gameplay involves murdering hordes of enemies and collecting loot, the majority of which is useless and only worth selling.
Occasionally you'll find a gun that's better than your current one, or you'll save up enough money to buy a larger backpack or energy shield.
These advancements will allow you to venture into higher level areas to fight tougher enemies and search for even better equipment.
Rinse and repeat until you get to the end.

Finishing the game on Normal difficulty unlocks Hardcore difficulty, but it isn't the perma-death kind of hardcore, just more of the same but with tougher enemies.
There isn't any kind of new game plus mode that I could find either.

I'd say this game is worth playing if you happen to get it cheap, but I wouldn't recommend buying it at full price.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
I recieved this game in the Bandia Humble Bundle ( if you have not heard about it yet). This other than Pac-Man Championship (the reason why I purchased the Humble Bundle) is probable one of my favorite games that I recieved in it and it came out of left field. I did not know what the game was but I am so glad I purchased it. Random Generated Maps based on Map Name in a Contra Stylish Shoot Em Game. I Love It!
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