11 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.


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 to rescue the princess from a dark magical monster. The relationship between you and the princess is vague but players soon become aware that Tim has recently made some sort of error that he wishes he could...[Read Review]

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Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a popular indie title that offers 2D side scrolling where you’ll use your trust shovel and carefully timed jumps to conquer a diverse range of landscapes and situations. Born out of a Kickstarter campaign for the Steam, Wii U and 3DS release the success of Shovel Knight has seen it expanded onto a range of other modern platforms along with various 2014 game awards. Later campaigns of Plague of Shadows, Specter of Torment and King of Cards built on the original story are no...[Read Review]

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Available for PS4 and Windows Effie explores the tale of Galand as he retells it to the next generation in front of warm fire. You’ll find inspiration from platform adventure games of eras long past throughout the gameplay design with platforming, combat, exploration and puzzles featured to various degrees. On one hand it is a return to a simpler time in gaming but comes with a few modern upgrades to make it an attractive 3D platformer for genre fans. Opening with Galand telling the story ...[Read Review]

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Lep’s 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 behind the controls of their green Leprechaun as the hunt down the evil trolls to reclaim stolen gold and save the other villagers. This time around your adventure packs 140 beautiful levels, 18 unique abilitie...[Read Review]

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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 Donkey Kong story this time around explores the origins of the evil Tikis (Tiki Tak Tribe) that take control over the various inhabitants on the island. This new enemy replaces the Kremlings as the culprit for ...[Read Review]

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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 training ground for the US government. This training facility is designed to help children with psychic abilities develop their powers and ultimately become Psychonauts (soldiers with psychic abilities). The camp...[Read Review]

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams follows on from the 1987 platforming title with a 2009 re-imagining of the world that blends it with a modern take on the platform genre in general. Taking place in a twisted dream world it’s also an incredibly unique, colourful and varied adventure that awaits players. Born form a Kickstarter campaign Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams started on the intended Windows platform before success allowing it to shift to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo platforms (most rec...[Read Review]

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Secret Maryo Chronicles

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 is a great 2D platform title with all the elements of Super Mario Brothers. What Secret Maryo Chronicles offers above and beyond though is new enemies, a few extra moves for the main character and a whole h...[Read Review]

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Dust: An Elysian Tail

Imagine an offline version of MapleStory, and you’ve got Dust: An Elysian Tail that employs 2D side scrolling mechanics and crisp action role playing to tell the story of Dust. As a warrior without memories who awakes to the darkness of a strange forest Dust begins an adventure to recover his past. Joining you on this journey to discover your origin is the sentient mythical Blade of Ahrah and its guardian, a Nimbat (similar to a fairy creature) named Fidget. Your journey starts at the town of Au...[Read Review]

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Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey is a platform adventure for the Nintendo Wii that centres on the popular Disney character of Mickey Mouse as he attempts to fix the damaged game world with his magical paintbrush. Eventually leading to a sequel the experience emphasises the usage of paint and paint thinner to directly alter the game world around you which features levels inspired by the range of animations and characters in the Walt Disney universe. While still holding an E for everyone game rating players will find ...[Read Review]

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Super Androix

Imagine if Mario had randomised levels and you have Super Androix a game with simple presentation that offers challenging platform gameplay for Android that never grows old. Exclusive to Android Super Androix is a simple free title that is intended to be played over short game bursts as you guide your large green, blue and pink blob man through levels by jumping and running over platforms and enemies. Super Androix is not shy about hiding it’s Mario inspiration with mechanics that anyone t...[Read Review]

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