Best Side Scroller Games on Steam

Steam currently has 4,737 Side Scroller games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Side Scroller game rankings were last updated on 4/24/2024.

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1. Hollow Knight

Forge your own path in Hollow Knight! An epic action adventure through a vast ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs, all in a classic, hand-drawn 2D style.

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Hollow Knight holds the #1 spot for "best Side Scroller game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 349,365 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 339,358 positive reviews and 10,007 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/24/2017
Developer Team Cherry
Publisher Team Cherry
Steam App Id 367520

2. Celeste

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.

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Celeste has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 93,094 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 90,879 positive reviews and 2,215 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/25/2018
Franchise EXOK Games
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Publisher Maddy Makes Games Inc.
Steam App Id 504230

3. BattleBlock Theater®

Welcome to BattleBlock Theater! You’ve got no where to go but up...on stage. Play single player or co-op to free your friends and save Hatty Hattington! Jump, solve and battle your way through a mysterious theater inhabited by highly technological felines.

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BattleBlock Theater® has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 70,085 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 68,158 positive reviews and 1,927 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 5/15/2014
Franchise The Behemoth
Developer The Behemoth
Publisher The Behemoth
Steam App Id 238460

4. Broforce

Broforce is an action-packed side-scrolling run ‘n’ gun ode to freedom, putting you in control of an under-funded, overpowered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force.

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Broforce has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 56,338 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 54,652 positive reviews and 1,686 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Broforce on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $2.99
Release Date 10/15/2015
Franchise Free Lives
Developer Free Lives
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 274190

5. SANABI

SANABI is an exhilarating stylish dystopian action-platformer. Play as a legendary retired veteran and use your signature prosthetic arm to jump over cliffs and skyscrapers, zip through bullets and traps and defeat powerful enemies.

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SANABI has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,743 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,130 positive reviews and 613 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.24 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play SANABI on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $11.24
Release Date 11/9/2023
Franchise NEOWIZ
Developer WONDER POTION
Publisher NEOWIZ
Steam App Id 1562700

6. Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.

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Cuphead has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 159,968 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 154,192 positive reviews and 5,776 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 9/29/2017
Developer Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc.
Publisher Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc.
Steam App Id 268910

7. The Expendabros

The Expendabros have assembled and set their sights on the forces of ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks in the forests of Eastern Europe. Battle in a flurry of bullets and non-stop action through ten full-throttle missions set amongst the picturesque tree tops and the absurdly dangerous lumber mills teeming with enemy soldiers,...

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The Expendabros has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 18,030 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,531 positive reviews and 499 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 8/5/2014
Franchise Free Lives
Developer Free Lives
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 312990

8. 100 hidden frogs

The frogs hid. Can you find them?

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100 hidden frogs has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,716 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,620 positive reviews and 96 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 11/15/2021
Developer Anatoliy Loginovskikh
Publisher Anatoliy Loginovskikh
Steam App Id 1806840

9. Mark of the Ninja

In Mark of the Ninja, you'll know what it is to truly be a ninja. You must be silent, agile and clever to outwit your opponents in a world of gorgeous scenery and flowing animation. Marked with cursed tattoos giving you heightened senses, every situation presents you with options.

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Mark of the Ninja has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,789 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,315 positive reviews and 474 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Developer Klei Entertainment
Publisher Microsoft Studios
Steam App Id 214560

10. Your Only Move Is HUSTLE

Master your technique, execute flashy combos, and outsmart opponents across the world, frame-by-frame. Slow down the clock to fine-tune your fighting style in this innovative, turn-based combat simulator. Pulverize your friends and choreograph spectacular fight scenes. No training mode required.

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Your Only Move Is HUSTLE has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Side Scroller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,324 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,551 positive reviews and 773 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Your Only Move Is HUSTLE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 2/2/2023
Developer Ivy Sly
Publisher Ivy Sly
Steam App Id 2212330

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 2). Celeste on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). BattleBlock Theater® on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 17). Broforce on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). SANABI on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Cuphead on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). The Expendabros on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 20). 100 hidden frogs on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 30). Mark of the Ninja on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Your Only Move Is HUSTLE on Steam. Steam Store.

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