The 2D platformer is a genre that was a huge part of my childhood, with games like Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Sonic 3 and Kirby’s Fun Pack being titles that I sunk a lot of time into. It’s also a genre that saw a real decline at the advent of the 3D platformer as many developers made the transition to the new technology.
There has been a resurgence of the 2D platformer in recent years, with games like New Super Mario bros and, in a more old-school vein, games like Super Meat Boy and Shovel knight. Freedom Planet is a game very much in the spirit of the Megadrive Sonic games. If you squint at it and pretend that Lilac (the character I played as) is a blue hedgehog, you could frankly call it the best Sonic game since Sonic 3!
I had a blast playing through the first couple of stages and took some screenshots of the first level: