In a side scrolling game the character is see 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:
|Apricots||August 13th, 2003||Arcade, Side-scroller|
The latest version of the game was 0.2.6 released on August 13th, 2003.
Ardentryst is an RPG and side-scroller written by Jordan 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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Gilbert and the doors||2018-07-13||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 contain 22 levels with an evolutive difficulty. Source code ready for windows and linux platform.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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 SGE 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.
|SDL-Ball||October 1st, 2014||puzzle, side-scroller/arcade|
SDL-Ball is a puzzle and side-scroller/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.
|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.
|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.
|The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M.||2015-08-17||Platform game|
|Trip on the Funny Boat||March 27, 2007||side-scrolling arcade shooter|
|TunnelWars||September 9th, 1998|
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.
|Word War vi||August 9th, 2009||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 0.5.11 released on March 29, 2014.
|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.
-  archived thread from the Ardentryst forum via wayback machine
- Project Page
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- 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.
- Secret Maryo Chronicles- New 0.98
- SMC's license page
- SuperTux copyright file
- README.md from Secret Maryo Chronicles
- TunnelWars homepage accessed on October 13th, 2009.
- Copyright info for TunnelWars
- 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
- Sourceforge.net download page for the XBlast project
- XBlast Sourceforge.net page
- CVS repoistory's copying page