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The 25 best platform games on Android

25 essential games to start your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
You might not think that your average buttonless Android phone is the ideal device for playing platform games on.

However, as smartphone gaming has matured over the years, developers have experimented with and perfected new touchscreen-focused control methods. The results have often been stunning.

The Google Play Store is now packed full of platformers of all shapes and sizes. Some echo the retro 2D delights of Super Mario Bros. and Sonic The Hedgehog, while others are sprawling adventures in the mode of Metroid and Castlevania. Still others don't quite resemble anything on traditional consoles, springing off in their own unique direction.

We've picked out the best of the bunch, with this guide to the best platformers on Android. Disagree? Let us know your favourites in the comments below.

#1 Traps n' Gemstones

Product: Traps n' GemstonesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Donut GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform

Traps n' Gemstones
A rare metroidvania on the App 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

Product: GunbrickFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: NitromePublisher: NitromeGenres: Action, Platform

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 Downwell

Product: DownwellFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: MoppinGenres: Action, Platform

You generally want to avoid falling down holes in platformers, but Downwell turns that into a whole game. You plummet down a well, shooting baddies with your gunboots, and generally marvelling at the uber elegant design.

#4 ReRunners

Product: ReRunnersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Klang GamesGenres: Multiplayer, Platform, Racing

2D platformers don't traditionally fit the massively multiplayer template, but that's just what ReRunners does. It's a frantic dash to the finish line that Sonic would be proud of, but Sega's blue mascot never let you do so in competition with a bunch of other real life players.

#5 Vulture Island

Product: Vulture IslandFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Donut GamesGenres: 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.


Product: VVVVVVFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: DistractionwareGenres: Adventure, Conversion, Platform

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.

#7 Platform Panic

Product: Platform PanicFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NitromeGenres: Action, Endless running, Platform

Platform Panic
Nitrome tests your skills and reflexes in a series of single-screen platforming gauntlets. Best of all, the game features platforming heroes from throughout the ages, such as a familiar plumber and blue rodent.

#8 Waking Mars

Product: Waking MarsFormats: Android, iPhone, Other, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Tiger StylePublisher: Tiger StyleGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Simulation, Strategy

Waking Mars
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.

#9 Jazz: Trump's Journey

Product: Jazz: Trump's JourneyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: Egg BallPublisher: BulkypixGenres: Platform

Jazz: Trump's Journey
A funny little game about a jazz musician who bops about through stylish levels set in New Orleans. The story is a parallel with the real story of Louis Armstrong, and the best bit is the jazzy soundtrack.

#10 Chameleon Run

Product: Chameleon RunFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Noodlecake GamesGenres: 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.

#11 Wimp

Product: WimpFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Flexile StudioPublisher: Flexile StudioGenres: Adventure, Platform, Puzzle

Wimp's all about the physics. This gelatinous ball of goop oozes and stretches his way through stages, tugging on boxes and solving simple puzzles. It's charming and full of stuff to do.

#12 Limbo

Product: LimboFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamPublisher: PlaydeadGenres: Platform, Puzzle

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.

#13 Hopiko

Product: HopikoFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Laser DogGenres: Platform

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.

#14 Shadow Blade

Product: Shadow BladeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Dead Mage StudioPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Action, Platform

Shadow Blade
This tricky action game is a lot of fun as soon as you start chasing the level completion times. Then it becomes a feisty test of your reflexes - and a display of the game's taut controls.

#15 Rayman Fiesta Run

Product: Rayman Fiesta RunFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows PhonePublisher: UbisoftGenres: 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.

#16 Skullduggery!

Product: Skullduggery!Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: ClutchPlay GamesPublisher: ClutchPlay GamesGenres: Action, Puzzle

This platformer's catapult-style control scheme takes its cues from Angry Birds, leading to a bouncy adventure that works perfectly on a touchscreen.

#17 Mikey Hooks

Product: Mikey HooksFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: BeaverTap GamesPublisher: BeaverTap GamesGenres: Platform

Mikey Hooks
If you reckon you've finished a Mikey Hooks level just because you got to the end, you've got another thing coming. Try it again under par time - which has you skidding under barriers, swinging over spikes, and hopping with pixel precision - and see how well you get on.

#18 Dan the Man

Product: Dan the ManFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Halfbrick StudiosGenres: Fighting, Film/TV tie-in, Platform

Dan the Man
A constantly entertaining retro platformer that evokes the platformers of the 16-bit era, but with a healthy dose of beat-'em-up and shooter gameplay to spice things up.


Product: FOTONICAFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Santa RagioneGenres: Endless running, Platform

A first person endless runner in a world made of wireframes. It's weird and eye catching, and also a lot of fun.

#20 Thomas Was Alone

Product: Thomas Was AloneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Bossa StudiosPublisher: Bossa StudiosGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Thomas Was Alone
This puzzle platformer is pretty good. What makes it so well loved, though, is the memorable story which is narrated by polarising Brit Danny Wallace.

#21 Eggggg

Product: EgggggFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Hyper GamesGenres: Platform

And the award for grossest platformer on Android goes to... Eggggg - The Platform Puker! The name says it all: you must use your character's projectile vomiting capabilities to propel you across each level. Nasty.

#22 Bean's Quest

Product: Bean's QuestFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Xperia PlayPublisher: KumobiusGenres: Platform

Bean's Quest
Kumobius's over-saturated retro platformer is focused heavily on speed runs. As you dart through 50-odd levels you'll be going a mile a minute - with terrific controls that give you awesome accuracy over your movement.

#23 League of Evil

Product: League of EvilFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, OuyaGenres: Platform, Retro

League of Evil
Team Meat never released Super Meat Boy on the App Store. So you'll have to settle for the next best thing: this brutal jumper will put your skills to the ultimate test and kill you over and over again.

#24 Leo's Fortune

Product: Leo's FortuneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: 1337 Game DesignGenres: Action, Platform

Leo's Fortune
How's this for a platformer hero: a fuzzy green lump with a fluffy moustache and a Russian accent. This Muppet-wannabe will solve physics puzzles, hop about beautiful locations, and nab golden coins.

#25 Canabalt (Smartphone)

Product: Canabalt (Smartphone)Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Semi Secret SoftwarePublisher: Semi Secret SoftwareGenres: Arcade, Racing, Retro

Canabalt (Smartphone)
The endless runner that kicked it all off on mobile, Canabalt might not be the flashiest or freshest game on Android. But there's still something to be said for the purity of its gameplay.


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Jon Mundy 27 October 2016
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