[From now until early January, IndieGames.com: The Weblog will be counting down the best independent and freeware games of 2008, with descriptions, screenshots, and links of the best games in each major category.]

The eighth of the 2008 Best Of Features here on the IndieGames.com blog, we're proud to present twenty of the best freeware platformers released in 2008.

From the critically-acclaimed Braid to the fan-favorite Cave Story, the indie game development scene is never short on quality platformers to play. Knytt Stories took the title for the best platformer last year, and with Nifflas' Night Game to be released only in 2009, it is time to crown a new heir for the throne.

Here's the top freeware platformers of the year:

Best Freeware Platformers 2008

  1. Iji
  2. The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2
  3. Shift 3
  4. Spelunky
  5. Treasure Hunter Man
  6. Jumper 3
  7. Rockman 7-FC
  8. Teppomanto
  9. Meat Boy
10. Mighty Jill Off
11. Squish
12. Verge
13. Sh*t Game
14. Seven Minutes
15. The Power
16. Love
17. I Wanna Be The Guy
18. inno vation
19. Boondog
20. Mission Extreme

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