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The 25 best platformers for Android

25 essential games to start your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated October 24, 2017: New entries added

Smartphones aren't particularly well suited to classic platformers, you might think. Not enough physical buttons.

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

Then there are those that 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 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

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 Super Mario Run

Product: Super Mario RunFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NintendoGenres: 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

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

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 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.

#8 Super Cat Tales

Product: Super Cat TalesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Neutronized GamesGenres: Platform

Super Cat Tales
Super Cat Bros (formerly Super Cat Tales) 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.

#9 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.

#10 Golf Zero

Product: Golf ZeroFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Platform

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.

#11 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.

#12 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.

#13 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.

#14 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.

#15 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.

#16 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.

#17 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.

#18 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.

#19 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.

#20 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.

#21 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.

#22 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.

#23 Bean Dreams

Product: Bean DreamsFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: KumobiusGenres: Action, Arcade, Platform

Bean Dreams
A fine sequel to the beloved Bean's Quest, Bean Dreams hides a uniquely demanding platformer behind its bright and breezy visuals.

#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 Hop Swap

Product: Hop SwapFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: NitromeGenres: Platform

Hop Swap
Nitrome (yes, them again) have this casual platformer lark well and truly mastered. Here the usual tappy-jumpy action gets a clever tone and plane-swapping makeover.


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Jon Mundy 24 October 2017
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