In a side scrolling game the character is seen from the side, usually walking from the start at the left to the end on the right side.
List of Side-scrolling games
This is a list of free/libre side-scrolling games:
TunnelWars is a 2D side scrolling parallax game written in C by Greg Ratajik. The latest release is on September 9, 1998, and is released under GNU General Public License. It was written for the OS/2 operating system.
|BuggyGame||March 28th, 2007||Side-scrolling games||
buggyGame is a single-player side-scrolling survival-exploration game where a moon buggy is driven across the surface of Earth and Moon. Written by Chris Hopp during the Ludum Dare competition the game uses the Python programming language and the Pygame library.
The story goes that the player is an astronaut about to explore the moon, but his/her buggy just bluescreened (apparently, it was written using the Evil Empire's code). The player must now manually navigate his/her frail buggy to his/her rocket to win.
|Moon-buggy||2004-12-27 (st.), 2006-03-19 (ex.)||Side-scrolling game|
Moon-buggy is a character-based game where you drive a car across the moon surface. You cannot stop, so you have to jump in time over any craters your car might meet.
|XBlast||June 16th, 2006||Multiplayer,Side-scroller,Arcade|
XBlast is a multiplayer only side-scroller, arcade bomberman like game. The latest version of the game is 2.10.4 on June 16th, 2006. It is written in the C programming language. It is licensed under GPLv2.
|Trip on the Funny Boat||March 27, 2007||side-scrolling arcade shooter|
|Osgg||January 01 st, 2009||Arcade|
osgg is a Side-scroller/arcade lunar-lander-like game. It is written by Jimmy Christensen and licensed under the GPLv3. The latest version of the game is 0.9 released on January 01st, 2009. It is written in the C++ programming language using the SDL library.
|SDL-Ball||October 1st, 2014||arcade|
SDL-Ball is an arcade breakout-like game. It is written by Jimmy Christensen and licensed under the GPLv3. The latest version of the game is 1.01 released on January 11th, 2009. It is written in the C++ programming language using the SDL library.
|Word War vi||2021-02-01||Side-scrolling, Arcade|
Word War vi is a 2D side-scrolling arcade game in which the player pilots a vi spacecraft to get rid of the memory hogging emacs. It was written by Stephen M Cameron in the C programming language.The sound media are all licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. The rest of the game is licensed under the GPLv2. The latest version of the game is 0.26 released on August 9th, 2009. The game represents a video game interpretation of the lighthearted editor war, an important element of hacker culture.
X-Moto is a clone of the motorcycle simulation game Elastomania which in turn was a clone of the commercial DOS game Action SuperCross. Both the code and media are licensed under the GPLv2. The latest version of the game is 0.6.1 released in June 2020.
|Bloboats||November 23rd, 2010||Racing|
Bloboats is a side-scrolling arcade racing game. The game is similar to X-Moto, but the player controls a jet boat instead of a motorcycle.
|The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M.||2020-05-18||Platform game|
ReTux (stylized as "reTux" in-game) is a libre 2-D platformer written in Python and utilizing media from SuperTux.
Although ReTux re-uses the art assets of SuperTux, no code from SuperTux is used in ReTux. The software portion of ReTux is entirely new, written in Python and based on the Seclusion Game Engine.
The main game contains 41 levels split into 5 worldmaps. Each level also has a Tux doll which can be found for bonus points and 100% completion.
It was previously distributed commercially, but released to the public at no charge in April 2017.
|Apricots||August 13th, 2003||Arcade, Side-scroller||
The latest version of the game was 0.2.6 released on August 13th, 2003.
|Galaxy Forces V2||2015-02-13||Side-scrolling games|
Galaxy Forces V2 is a 2D space shooter game with both single and multiplayer game modes. Each player is in control of a ship. The game can both be downloaded and run as a standalone application or run in the web-browser without any need to download or install anything.
|Ninjapix||June 14th, 2008||Side-scrolling games|
Ninjapix is a 2D short side-scrolling game with pixel art style graphics. It was written by PyMike in the Python programming language for the second PyDay competition. The game was released on June 14th, 2008. Both the source code and the media are licensed under the LGPL.
|Secret Maryo Chronicles||2009-08-17||Platform game|
Secret Maryo Chronicles (SMC) is a 2D platform game with a style designed to be similar to classic side-scrolling games. It uses the platform independent library SDL and, since version 0.98, the OpenGL accelerated Graphics Renderer. The game is developed in C++ and is licensed under the GPLv3. As of 2009-11-27, the latest version of SMC is 1.9 released on August 17th, 2009.
|Gilbert and the doors||2021-04-11||Side-scrolling games||
Gilbert and the doors is a 2D platform game, written in C language/SDL1.2. This is simple, but nice to play. The game contains 22 levels with an evolutive difficulty. Source code ready for Windows and Linux platforms.
Ardentryst is an RPG and side-scroller written by Elle Trudgett. As of 2009-09-19, the latest version of the game is 1.71 released on May 6th, 2009. It was written in the Python programming language and uses the Pygame library.
FLTrator is a simple retro style arcade side-scroller game in which you steer a spaceship through a landscape with hostile rockets and other obstacles. It has ten different levels and a level editor to create new levels or modify the existing.
It is written in C++, uses the FLTK library and has no other dependencies.
|SDL Sopwith||2014-11-17||Arcade, Side-scroller|
SDL Sopwith is a port of the old 2D airplane dogfighting game by David Clark, “Sopwith”, to use the SDL. It is being developed by Simon Howard, and is released under GPLv2, like the original. The latest version of the game is 1.7.1 on May 8th, 2003.
Hexoshi is an action-adventure maze game similar in style to the original Metroid series. The game consists of exploring the world and gathering "artifacts" scattered around, fighting enemies along the way.
|Dave Gnukem||2020-04-26||Side-scrolling, Platform game|
Dave Gnukem is a 2D retro-style platformer shooter inspired by a famous proprietary game Duke Nukem 1.
|L'Abbaye des Morts||2016-09-23||Side-scrolling Adventure|
L'Abbaye des Morts is a 2D exploration platformer made by Locomalito, released in 2010. Its code was rewritten and open sourced by MoonWatcher, spawning ports to many platforms such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Wii, ZX Spectrum, C64, PSP, XBox, Nintendo 3DS and Pokitto. Because the media is released under CC-BY license, the game is completely libre.
The game features two sets of graphics to choose from – an oldschool, low color one, and a new, high-color refined set.
fRaBs, short for Free Abuse, is a liberated version of a 1995 shareware game Abuse. Abuse was mostly released into public domain, with the exception of music, sounds effects and data exclusive to the commercial (registered) version, which included all levels above 4. To fill in the missing pieces, fRaBs project was started.
|Infinite Tux||2019-02-26||Platform game||
Infinite Tux is a 2D platformer game inspired by Infinite Mario. The game is procedurally generated every time it is replayed so you always play a different game.
All of the original Nintendo assets have been replaced with free and open assets.
Clonepoint is a clone of a proprietary game Gunpoint. It is a stealth game where the player has to climb buildings, avoid guards and hack computers.
XEvil is a free software platform arena game first released by Steve Hardt at M.I.T on July 26, 1994 over the Project Athena network. Structured as a free-for-all deathmatch between a wide variety of characters with differing traits and abilities, players are pitted against each other or computer controlled bots. Described as "one of the most graphically violent games ever made", the game's website features a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer over its potential offensiveness; the premise has players compete for their rank in hell. Originally developed for Unix systems using the X Windows System, it was later ported to Microsoft Windows systems using DirectX featuring sounds and music. Both versions were released under the GNU General Public License version 2 or later on January 18, 2000.
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- TunnelWars homepage accessed on October 13th, 2009.
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- Sourceforge.net download page for the XBlast project
- XBlast Sourceforge.net page
- CVS repoistory's copying page
- License is mentioned in the README in osgg's sourceforge.net svn repoistory accessed on Feburary 19th, 2009.
- Membership list for SDL-ball project on sourceforge.net accessed on October 9th, 2009.
- License page in SDL-Ball's sourceforge.net cvs repoistory accessed on October 9th, 2008.
- Membership list for SDL-ball project on sourceforge.net accessed on October 9th, 2008.
- News post on 1.0 accessed on October 9th, 2008.
- Sourceforge.net project member list for Word War vi
- Word War vi's sourceforge.net project page
- Word War vi copyright file for sounds
- COPYING file for Word War vi
- Sourceforge.net's download page for Word War vi
- X-moto's copyright file at Debian Packages
- X-moto data's copyright file at Debian Packages
- Project Page
- README.md from Secret Maryo Chronicles
- Secret Maryo Chronicles- New 0.98
- SMC's license page
-  archived thread from the Ardentryst forum via wayback machine