The Most Beautiful 2D Video Games

When thinking about art, most people think of pieces that are hanging on a wall in a museum for eternity, but why do we limit ourselves to seeing art as just sculptures and paint on canvases. I feel that anything can be art, especially if someone is passionate enough about a project.

This also includes masterfully crafted 2D video games. Today I am going to discuss these video games, and why I classify them as true masterpieces.

Limbo – A Journey Into Darkness

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Limbo was released in 2010 and it was created by indie developer Playdead. The game is mostly in black and white and it has you solving puzzles while you play as a boy. The controls in Limbo are incredibly simple, as you can only push, pull, run, and jump.

Limbo will have you traversing one of the most beautifully crafted worlds in video game history, and all you are trying to do is avoid dying at the hands of monsters and you are trying to find a lost girl. Limbo is not a difficult game, it is a game that tries to give the player an experience that you don’t find with most action platforming titles. When playing Limbo, the game’s ambiance and design have actually messed with my emotions.

Inside – A Masterclass in Missdirection

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Inside was also developed by Playdead, and it will have you going on a journey that is quite similar to the one you go on in Limbo. You play a nameless boy, but the story and the feel of the game are intensified so much over what you get in Limbo. I actually cried during my first play through of the game. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story of Inside, so I suggest if you want to have a video game experience like no other just pick up a copy of inside and give it a try.

Hollow Knight – New Age Hollow Hero

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Hollow Knight is a 2D action platformer that was developed by Team Cherry and it was released in 2017. It is a Metroidvania style game so it gets its influence from 2D action icons Metroid and Castlevania. In Hollow Knight, you play as the knight seeking an adventure in the town of Dirtmouth. You will go on an adventure to stop the infection that is plaguing the inhabitants of the Hollownest.

Starbound – A Journey Beyond Earths Bounds

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Starbound is a 2D action-adventure game that was released in 2016 and was developed by Chucklefish. If you are wanting to go on an interstellar adventure this game is perfect for you. In the beginning, you will find yourself on a ship after the destruction of Earth, and you will be tasked to explore other planets and the galaxy as a whole. You can do a lot of base and ship customization in Starbound and it is a perfect game for people that like an open environment to explore.

All of these games are perfect arguments for why videogames can be considered art. They bring qualities characteristics that you will not find in most other games. These games will take you on a journey, and you will revel at the first chance that you get to share your experience with someone else.