eight Video games That Have Climbing Mechanics


Climbing has come a long way in the world of video games. The ability to climb didn’t even exist in early titles. Then along came the likes of Tomb Raider, but the traversal in this game was hardly smooth. Many titles these days give you the ability to scale and climb things.​​​​​

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In some games, climbing consists of jumping onto waist-high boxes. However, with other titles, you can scale pretty much anything. And sometimes you don’t even need handy ledges or windows for support. Instead, you can just head upstairs or jump onto a wall and begin your ascent. Here are a few examples of games that will help you scale everything.


8th Saints Row 4

Saints Row 4 Screenshot of Boss Jumping Up Building

While Saints Row started out as a pretty down-to-earth show, it’s gotten crazier over time. The fourth game in particular goes even further by giving the protagonist various superpowers. One of the powers is super speed, which you can use to challenge The Flash or Quicksilver to a race.

Of course, these challenges can’t actually occur in the game, but you can use your speed to traverse buildings. To do this, jump to the side of a structure and sprint up. Therefore, performance makes both the best cars and airplanes obsolete at the same time.

7 Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins screenshot of Bayek on the pyramid

Climbing has always been a big part of the Assassin’s Creed series, as each protagonist was able to climb all sorts of buildings. But the climbing mechanics have changed over the years.

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In the early games, you had to search for things like window frames and ledges to grab them. However, Assassin’s Creed Origins lets you capture pretty much anything. So you can scale any structure in the game. And since the title is set in ancient Egypt, you can climb several historical landmarks, including the Pyramid of Giza.

6 The Saboteur

The Saboteur overlooking Paris

One of the most underrated open world games of all time is The Saboteur. It’s about an Irishman trying to liberate Paris from Nazi control during World War II. The guy has many skills to help him in his mission including his brilliant parkour skills.

As him, you can run across France, climbing any building and jumping over rooftops. You need things you can grab while climbing. Luckily, almost every structure has handy things to hold.

5 Conan in exile

Conan Exile's screenshot of the protagonist's climbing

Conan Exiles is a survival game set in the world of Conan The Barbarian. You must avoid dying of starvation and dehydration while trying not to be killed by other players or the dangerous creatures that roam the land.

Your character is highly customizable, but he will always have incredible climbing skills. You can use these to scale structures as well as any mountains or cliffs you come across. You can also equip special gloves and boots to reduce stamina drain while climbing.

4 Immortals Fenyx Rising

Fenyx standing on a cliff in Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising is an action-adventure game inspired by Greek mythology. It takes place in a vibrant open world full of beautiful structures and mountains. And you can pretty much climb anything.

The protagonist doesn’t even need visible things to grasp. You can just go to any flat surface and climb it. Also, you can make traversing easier with skills like Climbing Jump. The only limitation of climbing is endurance, since climbing huge mountains tires the main character.

3 Marvel’s Spider-Man

Spider Man PS4

In a ranking of the best climbers across all media, Spider-Man would end up somewhere near the top. After all, he has the movement abilities of a spider. And his talents are perfectly recreated in 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.

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In the game, you can hold on to any surface and scale it. If you land on a building at the right angle, you can even sprint on it. Since the game takes place in New York City, there are all sorts of tall buildings for you to climb.

2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

A screenshot showing Link climbing a cliff in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is often considered one of the best games of recent memory. There are a number of reasons for the title’s critical acclaim, from its beautiful art style to its clever quests. The game also gets a lot of credit for the amount of freedom it gives you.

An example of this is the lack of climbing restrictions. Link can climb anything, only his stamina bar slows him down. It was an interesting addition to the game as climbing wasn’t always a huge feature in previous Zelda installments, but it’s a welcome change.

1 Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow Of The Colossus Screenshot of the attack on the vulnerability

Shadow of the colossus – travel across vast worlds in search of a colossus to defeat. Along the way, you often have to overcome some major obstacles. Luckily, the protagonist is an excellent climber, which means you can climb just about anything as long as you have enough stamina.

Your climbing skills aren’t just for the traverse, though. These skills also come in handy when dealing with the colossi themselves. After all, these things are huge – hence the name Colossus – so you’ll have to scale their bodies to reach their weak points. Not many other games allow you to climb on enemies.

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