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The 25 best platformers on iPhone and iPad

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Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated July 4, 2018: New entries added

At first glance, the buttonless iPhone doesn't seem like the most suitable device for playing platform games.

But as the system has matured, and developers have tried new control methods and fresh ideas, the humble run 'n' jump has gradually seeped its way onto the App Store.

iTunes is now bursting with platformers, with titles that echo Super Mario and Sonic, try their hand at masochistic horrors like Super Meat Boy, or resemble more puzzle-orientated treats like The Lost Vikings.

We've picked out the best of the bunch, with this guide to the best platformers on iOS. 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 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 turns it into a whole game. Shoot baddies with your gunboots whilst freefalling down a bottomless hole.

#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.

#6 Oddmar

Product: OddmarFormats: iPod, iPadPublisher: Senri

One of the most beautiful games on the App Store, Oddmar's viking-flavoured 2D platformer is a polished delight.

#7 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.

#8 Inside

Product: InsideFormats: iPhone, iPad, SwitchPublisher: PlaydeadGenres: Platform, Puzzle

This spiritual successor to the marvellous Limbo goes even further with its spookily immersive world and engrossing platform-puzzler gameplay. Beautiful, strange and slightly icky.

#9 Feist

Product: FeistFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Last Chance Media

Feist's shadowy aesthetic calls to mind Limbo and Badland, but it throws in enough environmental flourishes to make for a surprisingly fresh platformer.

#10 Super Fancy Pants Adventure

Product: Super Fancy Pants AdventureFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: KongregateGenres: Platform

Super Fancy Pants Adventure
Don't let the sketchy graphics fool you - Super Fancy Pants Adventure is the real deal, largely thanks to its thrilling sense of weight and momentum.


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.

#12 Kalimba

Product: KalimbaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Press PlayGenres: Platform, Puzzle

This clever platform-puzzler has you controlling two characters simultaneously through a series of deliciously escalating challenges.

#13 Super Cat Tales

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

Super Cat Tales
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.

#14 Dandara

Product: DandaraFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Long Hat HouseGenres: Platform, Shooter

A highly unorthodox platformer, this, in that you can't actually move in the traditional sense - only catapult yourself between surfaces. That this limitation has been wedded to a beautiful Metroidvania world is pretty impressive.

#15 Ovivo

Product: OvivoFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, SteamDeveloper: IzHard TeamPublisher: NekkiGenres: Platform

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

#16 Cally's Caves 4

Product: Cally's Caves 4Formats: iPhone, iPad

Cally's Caves 4
As a fourth slice of slick retro platforming, Cally's Caves 4 continues to pay homage to the 16-bit era. This is run-and-gun gaming at its finest - and toughest.

#17 Suzy Cube

Product: Suzy CubeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad

Suzy Cube
There aren't many 3D platformers on iOS, but Suzy Cube is like a little slice of Mario 64 (or rather Super Mario 3D Land) right here on your mobile.

#18 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.

#19 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.

#20 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 iOS and made a game that's bouncy, beautiful, and responsive. The first game is great, too.

#21 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.

#22 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.

#23 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.

#24 Eggggg

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

And the award for grossest platformer on iOS 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.

#25 Standby

Product: StandbyFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Platform

This super-hardcore platformer throws you through brief, brutal levels that move by at a frankly ridiculous speed. It's not for the weak-hearted.


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Jon Mundy 4 July 2018
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