Side Scroller tag
Tag created in June 2017
Side Scroller's popularity amongst developers
This chart shows the amount of games released over the years with the Side Scroller tag and the percentage of games released on Steam they account for. The number of releases gives an appreciation of the quantity of games published each year. It often tends to increase naturally, just like the total amount of Steam games released.
The percentage, on the other hand, gives a better view of the trend a tag follows. It shows if, in proportion, the Side Scroller tag is getting more or less popular. The Review chart will tell us if this trend is a good thing (i.e. players interest is increasing, tag is undercrowded) or if it's the opposite.
The Side Scroller tag has peaked in 2021, with 795 games released. The tag's popularity is in a range between 0.73% in 2013 and 0.31% in 2016.
Bear in mind that 2023 is not over yet. The number of releases will continue to increase, but the percentage is already a good estimate of things to come.
Side Scroller's popularity amongst players
On this chart, you can see the reviews for games associated with the Side Scroller tag, both as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the value for an average game. Note that if the normalized and average lines are too small, you can deactivate the review count and % of the average lines by clicking on the legend.
While the review count clearly quantifies the reviews a tag receives, keep in mind that it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. The value normalized as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more revealing, as it gives you the popularity trend for Side Scroller tag games.
A standard game associated with this tag received on average between 86 (2010) and 716 (2014) reviews. Bear in mind that it is the average, and it can be strongly influenced by extreme values, like the release of a very popular game with this tag.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the Side Scroller tag received between 43% (2022) and 236% (2010) reviews compared to other tags.
Price of games tagged with Side Scroller
This graph displays the evolution of the Side Scroller tag's games price in USD over the years, and the percentage of free to play games in this tag. Don't forget that a price should slowly increase year-on-year just to keep up with inflation.
The median game price peaked in 2012 at 9.99$, and bottomed in 2017 at 4.99$. The free to play ratio peaked in 2020 at 8%, and bottomed in 2022 at 1%.
Positive reviews ratio for Side Scroller, per language
This graph shows an aggregated Steam rating for the whole Side Scroller tag, separated by language. It gives an idea about how different audiences will judge a game with this tag. A lower rating doesn't always mean that the audience doesn't enjoy that particular tag, as some cultures tend to always give lower scores. But it will affect a game's rating nonetheless.
The best rating for Side Scroller games is 95% for the Portuguese - Brazil audience, and the worst is 82% for the Bulgarian audience.
|Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack|
A sci-fi puzzle-platformer of cataclysmic proportions! You’re an ill-tempered blob that grows in size by swallowing everything in its path. Evolve from a tiny captive into a world-eating giant. Use your mutant blob powers to devour the pathetic humans and all of civilization!
|9.99||94%||Aug 15, 2012|
|Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams|
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a blistering hardcore platformer with contrasting worlds.
|14.99||82%||Oct 22, 2012|
|Super Time Force Ultra|
Super Time Force Ultra is an insane platformer filled with robots and dinosaurs and fun and time travel... sometimes all at the same time!
|14.99||90.4%||Aug 25, 2014|
|One Way Heroics|
Across all dimensions, the only constant is Darkness! A procedurally generated RPG-roguelike journey across the multiverse! In One Way Heroics, you take on the role of an intrepid adventurer who must travel across the land and face the Demon Lord before a mysterious darkness engulfs everything.
|3.49||94.2%||Feb 28, 2014|
C&F Inc. teleporters are going offline all over the place, and it's up to an intrepid frog employee to fix the situation.
|9.99||94.5%||Nov 11, 2015|
Break through ceilings, rescue princesses and escape boiling lava as you slash your way to the top of the Knightmare Tower!
|3.99||93.8%||Jun 16, 2014|
Test your dinosaur jump-jet skills with a game that redefines the platformer genre, aptly renaming it "platflyer." Simply put, you're a t-rex with rocket boots trying to save earth from an incoming asteroid. Do you have what it takes to stop it?
|9.99||92.5%||Apr 21, 2015|
Squirrel-based Hardcore 2D Platformer that requires speed, momentum, and precision. Scurry through diverse levels and save the Squirreltopia population from the robot squirrel Shadowtail!
|2.99||70.2%||Jan 12, 2015|
|Boring Man - Online Tactical Stickman Combat|
Battle other 2D stickfigures online while jumping around like a lunatic and getting blown up into smithereens. With over 70 weapons, Boring Man is the most chaotic and hilarious 2D online shooter on the internet.
|Free||84.7%||Feb 20, 2015|
Why play shoot 'em ups one ship at a time? Launch them all at once! Unleash an entire armada of ships in Shoot 1UP!
|3.99||78.6%||Sep 23, 2015|
|Blaster Shooter GunGuy!|
Blaster Shooter GunGuy is a 2D action rage platformer. Similar in nature to games such as IWBTG. But also inspired by Mega Man and Mega Man X.
|1.99||50%||Aug 10, 2015|
|Sir! I'd Like To Report A Bug!|
Bust some bugs and save the world with the most average of heroes in this retro style platformer! Overcome obstacles such as killer cars, lava floors and one seriously @!&#^% off sun, tackle the horrors of the daily commute but with more fire and randomness.
|1.99||64.3%||Oct 19, 2015|
Operation Hardcore is an action-packed 2D side-scrolling shooter inspired by classic twitchy action games of yesteryear, but with modern touches and conveniences.
|4.99||88.2%||Dec 28, 2016|
Tinboy is a puzzle-platformer, with a massive difficulty level.
|4.99||66.2%||Aug 31, 2015|
Slash, dash and reap through Little Reaper as Ollie, the Grim Reaper’s tiny assistant in this colourful adventure platformer game. Ollie accidentally shatters a jar of souls while Death is on holiday. Now he has to travel the world to retrieve them, or else suffer the wrath of Death. Or worse… get fired!
|15.99||81.8%||Jul 19, 2020|
|Red Fox and the Four Seasons|
Embark on an enchanting adventure as Fox, exploring vibrant worlds of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Jump, double jump, and overcome challenging obstacles in this captivating 2D platformer with stunning graphics. Skillfully navigate with just two buttons and uncover the secrets that lie within.
|4.99||62.5%||Mar 9, 2021|
|Super Space Pug|
Super Space Pug is a classic arcade shmup. Take control of 'Demetrius the Third'(Space Pug) to defend your personal space from the evil, fish flinging cats and random rocks because its a space shmup, and without rocks it would be rather non-space-y.
|1.99||55.3%||Jun 4, 2016|
Nary is a hardcore pseudo-endless runner about multitasking. If you want to survive, you'll have to both avoid the randomly generated obstacles and defeat your foes by mashing correct button sequences!
|1.99||89.5%||Aug 2, 2016|
|Kingdom: New Lands|
Kingdom: New Lands builds upon the award-winning gameplay and mystery of Kingdom by introducing an abundance of new content to the IGF-nominated title while maintaining the simplicity and depth that legions of monarchs have come to experience and enjoy.
|14.99||87.7%||Aug 9, 2016|
Single-player puzzle adventure with a beautiful, distinctive art style and a genuinely emotional story. As a lonely dog wandering the afterlife searching for his dead master, 'Don't Disturb' explores traditional Asian views on death and the underworld.
|3.99||86.4%||Sep 1, 2016|
In Cooking Witch you are a witch flying to a party in the woods, abducting the children and cooking and eating them.
|1.99||92.7%||May 18, 2017|
|Soulless: Ray Of Hope|
Soulless is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer. Set out on your adventure to save your childhood friend by traveling through a colorful world using mechanics and items to complete both relaxing and rushed puzzles. How far would you go to save a friend?
|4.99||72.8%||Oct 18, 2016|
Challenge all your skill and quick thinking ability in this precision platform game, where you are a bitrom who controller over gravity called Newton, who is trying to escape from a deformed creature that relentlessly follows him in subspace.
|0.99||77.5%||Jul 26, 2017|
|Goblin and Coins|
Run and jump, collect coins, confront enemies and avoid traps, open gates and find secret stashes. It's a simple 2D platformer with a twist: You're not a hero from the castle about to slay an evil dragon, you're a goblin cook working for the dragon! It starts slowly but things get complicated.
|1.99||88.5%||Nov 8, 2016|
|Gunmetal Arcadia Zero|
Unrest brews in the city of Arcadia, and a monstrous enemy approaches.
|5.99||69.1%||Nov 15, 2016|