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The 25 best platformers on iPhone and iPad

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Product: Top 10 iPhone charts | Format: iPhone, iPad
   
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.
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#1 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.

#2 VVVVVV

Product: VVVVVVFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: DistractionwareGenres: 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.

#3 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.

#4 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.

#5 Downwell

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

Downwell
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.

#6 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.

#7 FOTONICA

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

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

#8 Wimp

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

Wimp
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.

#9 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!

#10 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.

#11 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.

#12 Kid Tripp

Product: Kid TrippFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Not Done Yet GamesPublisher: Not Done Yet GamesGenres: Platform, Retro

Kid Tripp
A hard as nails auto-runner with a chunky pixel art aesthetic. You'll be chucking your iPhone in a lake at times, only to fish it back out to have just one more go.

#13 Skullduggery!

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

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

#14 KeroBlaster

Product: KeroBlasterFormats: iPhoneDeveloper: Studio PixelPublisher: NatsumeGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Retro

KeroBlaster
But virtual buttons aren't all bad. KeroBlaster is so cleverly crafted that its run 'n' gun thrills feel just fine on a slippery piece of glass. This game comes from the brains behind the epic Cave Story.

#15 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.

#16 Mikey Hooks

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

Mikey Hooks
The three Mikey games are all excellent, twitchy, hardcore platformers for serious fans of the genre. Boots is a bit floaty and weird but Shorts and Hooks are as sharp as glass.

#17 Icycle: On Thin Ice

Product: Icycle: On Thin IceFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Damp GnatPublisher: ChillingoGenres: Platform

Icycle: On Thin Ice
This loopy game isn't going to stress your platforming muscles. But it will make you laugh and mouth "what the flip" when you unlock the next bizarre stage.

#18 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.

#19 League of Evil 2

Product: League of Evil 2Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Ravenous GamesPublisher: Ravenous GamesGenres: Platform

League of Evil 2
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.

#20 Canabalt (Smartphone)

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

Canabalt (Smartphone)
It's the original endless runner. Well, probably not, but it's certainly the one that kicked off all this non-stop silliness. Canabalt might not have all the latest features but there's something to be said about the purity of its gameplay and graphics.

#21 Super QuickHook

Product: Super QuickHookFormats: Android, iPhoneDeveloper: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform

Super QuickHook
Every game should have a grappling hook. Yes, even Tetris, Pac-Man, and Gone Home. There's nothing like swinging from hook to hook, trying to keep up a good momentum as you dart away from danger. Oh, and Super QuickHook is a great example.

#22 Joe Danger

Product: Joe DangerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SteamDeveloper: Hello GamesPublisher: Hello GamesGenres: Action, Arcade, Conversion, Endless running, Racing

Joe Danger
Before trying to model the ENTIRE UNIVERSE in No Man's Sky, Hello Games made a game about a little bloke on a motorbike. That's Joe Danger: an addictive and charming auto-runner about doing tricks and collecting coins. Noice.

#23 Alto's Adventure

Product: Alto's AdventureFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SnowmanGenres: Endless running

Alto's Adventure
Sometimes you need something a bit more relaxing. No more tricky jumps and pixel-precise landings. Just some gorgeous graphics and slick gameplay. That's Alto's Adventure for you.

#24 Boson X

Product: Boson XFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Mu and HeyoGenres: Endless running

Boson X
This Temple Run-like game will keep you guessing. Playing as a scientist running through giant spinning hexagons, you'll need to keep up as the world shifts and morphs before your feet.

#25 Hopiko

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

Hopiko
Hopiko, like Tinder, is all about swiping. But not to disregard sexists and weirdos - instead, it's to leap from platform to platform in this manic arcade thrill ride.

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