Top 25 platformers on Android

1

Traps n’ Gemstones

Developer: Donut Games

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platform


A rare metroidvania on the Google Play Store. This one lets you explore a massive great pyramid as you unlock new tools, uncover secrets, and generally just get lost for hours. Fun!

2

Gunbrick

Developer: Nitrome

Publisher: Nitrome

Genre: Action, Platform

Gunbrick

A Gunbrick is a square tank that rolls clumsily from side to side, using its oversized cannon to propel it to higher platforms as well as for taking out baddies. It’s also the name of one of Nitrome’s best ever games.

3

Super Mario Run

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Platform

Super Mario Run

We never thought we’d see the day, but Nintendo has made a Mario game for mobile – and it’s brilliant. Super Mario Run takes the one-button mechanic of your average endless runner and app

4

Downwell

Developer: Moppin

Genre: Action, Platform

Downwell

You generally want to avoid falling down holes in platformers, but Downwell demands that you do the opposite. Plunge down a well, shooting baddies with your gunboots and generally marvelling at the uber elegant rogue-lite design.

5

See/saw

Publisher: Philipp Stollenmayer

Genre: Platform

See/saw

Run left, run right. Those are all the controls you need to worry about in this brutal bize-sized platformer, which takes N++ and Super Meat Boy and strips them back to the bare essentials.

6

Super Fancy Pants Adventure

Publisher: Kongregate

Genre: Platform

Super Fancy Pants Adventure

Super Fancy Pants Adventure might look a little sketchy, but it’s the real deal. No other platformer has such a thrilling sense of weight and momentum.

7

Feist

Publisher: Last Chance Media

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Feist

There are definite shades of Limbo and Badland to Feist, but it throws in enough distinctive environmental flourishes to make for a surprisingly fresh platformer.

8

Vulture Island

Publisher: Donut Games

Genre: Platform, Puzzle

Vulture Island

It looks a lot like the 8-bit Super Mario Bros. games we used to love, but Vulture Island is a lot more ambitious than it seems. It’s a non-linear adventure where the overworld map is a genuine guide to a surprisingly open experience.

9

Ovivo

Developer: IzHard Team

Publisher: Nekki

Genre: Platform

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Ovivo

A delightful platform-puzzler that does wondrous things with a familiar plane-switching mechanic.

10

VVVVVV

Developer: Distractionware

Genre: Adventure, Conversion, Platform

VVVVVV

You can’t jump in VVVVVV. So you might be wondering how it qualifies as a platformer. But as soon as you flip gravity upside down to bounce your hero through a maze of spikes, you’ll know. Oh, you’ll know.

11

Cally’s Caves 4

Cally's Caves 4

Four entries in, you’d expect Cally’s Caves 4 to have nailed its 16-bit reference points by now. And it has: this is run-and-gun gaming at its finest.

12

Dandara

Publisher: Long Hat House

Genre: Platform, Shooter

Project Dandara

In Dandara, you catapult your otherwise static character between surfaces. Somehow, a beautiful Metroidvania world emerges from this limited moveset.

13

Oddmar

Publisher: Senri

Genre: Platform

Oddmar

One of the most beautiful games on the Google Play Store, Oddmar’s viking-flavoured 2D platformer is an uber-polished delight.

14

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Publisher: DotEmu

Genre: Action, Platform, Retro

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

A wonderful reinvention of the classic adventure-platformer, with beautiful hand-drawn graphics and an orchestral soundtrack. Yes, it’s a port with non-optimal virtual controls, but the underlying game is fabulous.

15

Golf Zero

Golf Zero

Take Super Meat Boy, mix in some crazy golf and a satisfying time-dilating mechanic, and you have Golf Zero. It’s a hardcore platformer with a deliciously sporty payoff.

16

OCO

Publisher: SPECTRUM48

Genre: Platform, Puzzle

OCO one-touch

It’s more about the adventure and the mystery than pulling off tricky jumps, but this Martian epic will still challenge your ability to navigate tricky terrain with your jetpack. Plus, this essential game doesn’t fit neatly on any other list.

17

Chameleon Run

Publisher: Noodlecake Games

Genre: Platform

Chameleon Run

This auto-runner only has a handful of levels. But before you go leave your negative review on iTunes, hear us out. The joy is in mastering these taut stages, and finishing all the bonus challenges.

18

Suzy Cube

Suzy Cube

Suzy Cube is like a little slice of Super Mario 3D Land in your pocket. It’s the 3D platformer done well on mobile – who’da thunk it?

19

Limbo

Publisher: Playdead

Genre: Platform, Puzzle

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Limbo

Limbo is a 2D platformer that sees you running from left to right and jumping over things.That’s about where the similarities with Mario end in this stunningly bleak, brutal, monochrome adventure.

20

Hopiko

Publisher: Laser Dog

Genre: Platform

Hopiko

Hopiko hates you. You might think you’re in control thanks to its sharp, empowering swipe-to-jump controls. But you will fail dozens of times – hundreds, even – on your way to mastery. If you ever reach it.

21

Spicy Piggy

Publisher: Nitrome

Genre: Action, Arcade

Spicy Piggy

A super-hot hardcore platformer posing as a frivolous runner. That’s just the sort of trick we should have expected from the mobile maestros at Nitrome, yet Spicy Piggy still took us by surprise.

22

Rayman Fiesta Run

Publisher: Ubisoft

Genre: Arcade, Endless running, Platform, Retro

Rayman Fiesta Run

Auto-runners don’t get much better than this. Ubisoft reinvented its limbless platforming hero for Android and made a game that’s bouncy, beautiful, and responsive. The first game is great, too.

23

Linn: Path of Orchards

Publisher: Crescent Moon Games

Genre: Platform, Puzzle

Linn: Path of Orchards

Linn: Path of Orchards makes you doubt the very ground your character stands on, as whole sections of its levels rotate and contract to throw you for a loop. It’s mighty pretty, too.

24

Bombastic Brothers

Bombastic Brothers

A hyper-kinetic action-platformer from the Metal Slug school, complete with oodles of hand-drawn gung-ho violence.

25

Super Cat Tales 2

Super Cat Tales 2

Super Cat Tales 2 looks an awful lot like the 16-bit platformers of the ’90s, but its pared down controls and bite-sized levels are pure smartphone magic.

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