13 Games Like Mario

Games like Mario
This list of games like Mario features computer, console and mobile titles that have you jumping around mythical worlds, collecting coins and squashing foes.

One of the most popular components of the Mario franchise is the popular Super Mario series of platforming titles. Starting with Super Mario Bros. in 19854 on the NES the series follows the adventures of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach as they deal with Bowser and his evil ways.

While gameplay has evolved significantly since that first title some cornerstones have remained the same. From progressing through mostly linear level designs to defeating a broad range of enemies, collecting items and using power-ups to alter your abilities. The aforementioned holds true for both the 2D and 3D variants of the series although 3D titles offered much more freedom.

The games similar to Mario below explore both the 2D and 3D alternatives that have arisen from the popularity of Mario. In these titles you’ll stomp on enemies, collect coins, use vital power-ups and all the other staples of the Mario franchise. Whether you’re looking for modern games like Mario 64 or side scrolling adventures like the original Mario you’ll find a solution below for various platforms.

Games Like Mario

leps-world-3

Lep’s World 3 is the third title within the series, while borrowing heavily from the likes of Mario the game is moving further and further away from its simple beginnings to offer an impressive 2D platformer. With a similar setting to the previous games players will again be jumping behin... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
donkey-kong-country-returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns brings the side scrolling franchise back onto modern day consoles with a Wii release (and subsequently 3DS). With enhanced graphics and hardware the possibilities in the Donkey Kong franchise have exploded to ensure the variety of gameplay is next to none. Your Donke... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
secret-maryo

Secret Maryo Chronicles brings the Mario formula to the open source arena with a project started back in 2003. Playable on Windows, Mac and Linux the variety of this project now extends far beyond Mario inspired game mechanics. With much love poured into the experience Secret Maryo Chronicles i... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
beans-quest

Bean’s Quest combines retro platform titles with superb level design to create a fun and crazy experience for mobile. Eventually also brought across to Windows, Linux and Mac this game shines on its mobile birth place. Relying on 16-bit graphics of the era past Bean’s Quest takes yo... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
chaves-adventures

Chaves Adventures is a Mario style side-scrolling platformer designed for Android devices. Complete with underground secret areas this game has strong controls, colourful graphics and 80 greatly designed levels. Borrowing the story of a stolen princess players take control of Shaves as he fight... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
shovel-knight

In this side scrolling 2D platform game you’ll use both your shovel and well timed jumps to conquer the varied game landscapes. Shovel Knight was born out of a Kickstarter campaign and after it’s initial success as Windows title was ported to a number of platforms. Playing as Shovel... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(1 votes)
giana-sisters

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams follows on from the 1987 platforming title and its 2009 re-imagining with a very modern take on the platform genre. Taking place in a twisted dream world it’s also an incredibly unique and varied title. Following a now teenage Giana as she hunts for her abduc... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
pyschonauts

Psychonauts is a unique and beautifully presented game that follows the adventures of Raz, a boy who has powerful psychic abilities. The game has gained a cult like following and is available on numerous platforms. Pyschonauts takes place in a fictional summer camp that acts as a secret trainin... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(11 votes)
dust-an-elysian-tail

Think offline MapleStory, and you’ve got Dust: An Elysian Tale. A game that tells the story of Dust, a warrior who has awoken in a forest without any memory of who is he and how he got there. Joining you on the journey to discover your origin is the sentient mythical Blade of Ahrah and its guar... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(9 votes)
epic-mickey

Epic Mickey is a platform adventure for the Nintendo Wii that centres on the popular Disney character of Mickey Mouse. In the game you take control of Mickey as he attempts to fix the damaged game world with his magical paintbrush. While the game features Micky Mouse as a main character the gam... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(8 votes)
super-androix

Play as a large green, blue and pink blob like man in this jumping and running platformer that takes very clear inspiration from the Super Mario Brothers franchise. Exclusive to Android Super Androix is a simple free title that is intended to be played over short game bursts. Super Androix is n... Read More »

User Score
6.0
(1 votes)
super-world-adventures

Super World Adventures lets you command the young lumberjack Ritchie who has his lunch stolen by a wild boar. Chasing him through the forest you’ll jump, throw acorns and tackle a dozen bosses on your way to get it back. Available for iOS only Super World Adventures throws players right i... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
braid

Braid mixes the puzzle and platform genre to create a unique experience that has been highly praised by critics since release. The game originally launched on the Xbox 360 platform and eventually made its way to Windows, Mac and PlayStation. In Braid players take control of Tim as he attempts t... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(8 votes)