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2.5D

Category Audiovisual

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with 2.5D, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.46
97% 16,994 votes
8.42
96% 26,519 votes
8.29
96% 6,252 votes
8.12
95% 2,831 votes
8.08
94% 3,500 votes
8.03
92% 9,250 votes
7.97
99% 224 votes
7.84
93% 670 votes
7.80
91% 2,030 votes
7.80
93% 620 votes
7.76
90% 2,476 votes
7.75
91% 1,007 votes
7.64
92% 406 votes
7.61
100% 42 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with 2.5D is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as 2.5D, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Action 51%
  2. Singleplayer 50%
  3. Adventure 40%
  4. Casual 39%
  5. Indie 38%
  6. 2D 30%
  7. Colorful 28%
  8. Arcade 25%
  9. Atmospheric 23%
  10. Platformer 22%
  11. Puzzle 21%
  12. Strategy 21%
  13. Cute 21%
  14. RPG 21%
  15. Pixel Graphics 19%
  16. Fantasy 18%
  17. Exploration 18%
  18. 3D 18%
  19. Story Rich 18%
  20. Action-Adventure 18%
  21. Side Scroller 17%
  22. Cartoony 16%
  23. Top-Down 16%
  24. 2D Platformer 16%
  25. Controller 16%
  26. Retro 16%
  27. Stylized 16%
  28. Funny 16%
  29. Sci-fi 15%

The 2.5D tag is used to describe a style of graphics and gameplay that combines elements of both 2D and 3D visuals, creating the illusion of depth in a primarily two-dimensional game. This term is derived from the concept of taking a traditional 2D game and adding elements that give it a sense of depth without fully transitioning into three-dimensional graphics.

In games with 2.5D graphics, characters, objects, and environments are often rendered with three-dimensional models or sprites but are still confined to movement along a two-dimensional plane or restricted to predetermined paths.

Here are some key aspects common in 2.5D games:

  • Pseudo-3D Perspective Games with the 2.5D tag usually utilize perspective tricks such as parallax scrolling, layered backgrounds, or skewed angles to create an illusion of depth in an otherwise flat environment.
  • Mixed Dimensions While the majority of the gameplay takes place on a two-dimensional plane, certain actions or sections may utilize additional dimensions for cinematic effects or specific gameplay sequences.
  • Detailed Environments The added visual dimension allows for more detailed and immersive environments compared to traditional pixel art-style 2D games, enhancing visual fidelity while retaining familiar mechanics.

Samples of games that feature the 2.5D style include:

  • Cuphead This run 'n' gun platformer combines hand-drawn art employing classic rubber hose animation techniques with multiplane side-scrolling stages.
  • Bastion Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this action RPG features an isometric view and 2D sprite-based characters superimposed on detailed 3D environments.

The use of 2.5D graphics allows game developers to create visually striking games that retain the charm and familiarity of traditional 2D designs while incorporating added depth and detail, enhancing the player's immersion in the game world.

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