The 7 most beautifully animated 2D games

5. A Boy and His Blob

Beware: this video may make your heart melt.

See? That’s just some wonderful, heartwarming stuff. And look how well the Blob morphs and bounces! But in the interest of science, let’s compare A Boy and His Blob to another game that prominently features bouncing blobs, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier.


Above: See if you can guess which blobs we’re talking about

What was the general reaction people had to A Boy and His Blob?

We had some salespeople, and we were showing them the game. ...Within two minutes of showing them the hug, and them loving it, the boy fell into the water and died. And they were so sad and affected; it was, like, ‘Really? It’s been a minute and a half, and you care?’” - Pete Rosky, associate product manager at Majesco, in an interview with Destructoid

What was the general reaction people had to SRTOGS:EF?

endless frontier 2 plox... and moar bewbs” – User “gnikawaj” on YouTube

Creating objects that squish and wiggle convincingly requires tons of patience as well as skill in the art of motion. OK? Take your art where you can get it, folks.

Above: Art

We wonder if the animators of Super Robot Taisen: Endless Frontier came home after work and secretly wished they could have been putting their talents toward A Boy and His Blob instead. Or maybe it was the other way around?

4. Wario Land: Shake It!

This one passed a lot of folks by, and that’s a bummer. Wario Land: Shake it has some of the best cartoon-style graphics we’ve seen in recent years, and some lovely retro gameplay to boot.

Now, if the developers had used low-resolution pixel art for Large Fry’s sprites, then each time he grew in size, you’d see pixelation, or at least a drop in the image’s overall resolution. But that’s not the case with this vivid hand-drawn sprite. You have to admire the confidence in the artists’ linework and shading to make a boss look that good, even when he takes up almost half the screen. Want a point of reference? Compare Large Fry to Pipistrello, the bat boss from Castle Crashers:

Now, we love both Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid, but which of the above videos looks like a real cartoon, and which looks like a Flash game?

Above: Here's a hint – which one uses fecal matter as a primary means of attack? 

We certainly don’t want to shit on the makers of Castle Crashers (no pun intended, really) – we just want to point out that as much as people applaud developer The Behemoth for its 2D animation, the visuals in Wario Land: Shake it! are much more impressive, at least on a technical level. And that’s saying something, because both Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers have some pretty top-notch animation, particularly in the explosions department. No one blows shit up quite like The Behemoth!

Above: KA-THOOM 


  • kazemaki - May 1, 2014 5:25 a.m.

    Did they forget mortal kombat in that list of fighters? XD
  • hugobedward - July 24, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    New trailer below
  • Lemming - June 29, 2012 9:56 a.m.

    It's out now for iOs. Some are complaining about cost to length of content but if they knew the history they might've thought differently.
  • hugobedward - July 24, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! it seams that a company called React Entertainment are releasing the act in august.
  • lymanzaar - November 29, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    The Act should be a either a Virtual Console or XBLA game.
  • Kytl - November 27, 2009 5:20 a.m.

  • Spybreak8 - November 24, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Good read
  • jackthemenace - November 23, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    UI LOLled at the stick man XD but i really want to get odin speher for the PS2, and i intend to get muramasa at christmas (aswell as EVERY OTHER GAME that i've ever wanted)
  • GrenadeSpamAndSausages - November 23, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    Wow The Act looks absolutely stunning I feel really quite bad for not even knowing it existed and now even worse that it no longer exists, mission accomplished gamesradar you made me hurt inside.
  • Memph - November 23, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    1 vote for Metal Slug series. Still looks corking today
  • erreip199 - November 23, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    man i gotta get myself Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for the lols XD and thx GR now i feel bad for never knowing The Act existed until today :c... perhaps one day i can get a PC copy of it... i bet some one will port it... someday
  • deedob - November 23, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    Meh... Sorry, mr article creator... i just don't "feel" any guilt for "the act". There was already some games who looked and played almost exactly like that game that were released decades before. They are still being released now and then. Dragon's Lair, Space Ace... You pushed a joystick or a button on "cue" to change the animation sequence of the "game". Same as the "act" where you turn a knob to change the animation. They all look the same exact kind of game. Trial and error games like those are somewhat a thing of the past (and should mostly stay there if you ask me)...
  • Styrophoamicus - November 23, 2009 5:51 a.m.

    " Dan Castellaneta, isn’t known for anything else" Are you being sarcastic? He's Homer Friggin' Simpson!
  • GameManiac - November 23, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    Now I'm having a REALLY tough time deciding if I should get A Boy and his Blob or not. ... Also...Uuuuugggggghhhhhh... Not that fox-woman from the Murasama game again? It's warping my mind!
  • bocaj - November 23, 2009 1:33 a.m.

    Great top 7!
  • uvebeenpwned - November 22, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    So wait...on Super Robot Tenshin whatever, the ladies' boobs grow bigger for their special attacks, and its like an instant win? Usually that only happens in bed. lol.
  • Metroidhunter32 - November 22, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    I knew Muramasa had to be on here somewhere.
  • lovinmyps3 - November 21, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    Damnit!! I would totally download The Act on XBLA!! ='(
  • bamb0o-stick - November 21, 2009 6:43 p.m.

    Dammit, how is it our fault that amazing games like The Act fail? The very reason we are reading gaming magazines and websites are to have things like this brought to our attention about it. You guys share a load of the blame as well as we do.
  • Kabukibear - November 21, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    I actually got a chance to play The Act at a small game show in Miami, Fl a couple years back. They had all sorts of old systems to play and had that arcade there. I was hooked immediately and my gf had to drag me away after I kept pumping quarter after quarter into it. It's every bit as charming and well done as they make it seem in the article. I didn't get very far, I was at the doctor part, riding a hospital cart down a hall trying to avoid other patients and obstacles. Anyway, this is a shame, I had no idea at the time that it was one of those games I'll probably never get to play again. Bummer.

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