Games that employ the side view are MANY- to say the least. From shooters, to beat-em-ups to platformers, this view is one of the most used in gaming. If you’re a fan of these games, you may have thought you’ve seen them all, but we here at Old School Gamer are ready to deliver the geek.

Check out these under-appreciated side scrollers today!

Ristar: One of the Sega Genesis’ forgotten fun feats. You’ll love it, especially if ya dig Sonic.

Rayman: He’s a beloved character but that original game started it all. 2D and utilizing the side view, it was a beautiful made throwback with amazing visuals.

Comix Zone: A beat-em-up with an awesome visual style, Comix Zone is still a special game.

Strider: Not the original, the 2014 Strider on PS4 and Xbox One is a fluid, sexy, cool and charismatic entry into the series that is beyond under-appreciated.

Cave Story: One of the best side-scrolling Metroidvania games ever. Haven’t played it? You should.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the