Platformers are one of gaming’s classic genres. It all began way back before the days of Super Mario, but great new platformers come out every year. Here are some we love to play.
This is a compelling fusion of gorgeous artwork, accessible gameplay, and clever design. You have to guide your hedgehog-like creatures through a deadly forest teeming with life and machines.
Smart, retro, sci-fi platformer with an old-school difficulty curve and a charming sense of wit. The twist is, instead of jumping, you tap to flip gravity, as you search for the missing members of your crew.
You’ll have to whip your undead army of weird zombie minions into shape to beat this puzzle-platformer that gets steadily tougher as the levels progress. There are more than 100 to beat.
Thomas Was Alone ($6)
Short and strangely sweet, this puzzle-platformer is elevated to a higher plain by the narration of Danny Wallace and the awesome soundtrack. Get ready to emote over blocks.
Paper Monsters ($1)
The 2D side-scrolling gameplay will remind you of Mario, but it’s wrapped in a super cute and colorful 3D art style. Highly polished, instantly fun, and suitable for the whole family.
Minecraft – Pocket Edition ($7)
The phenomenon known as Minecraft made an incredibly successful jump to smartphones, giving fans of the franchise the ability to mine, explore, and build their way to 8-bit glory anywhere.
Leo’s Fortune ($3)
Leo, an adorable fuzzball that’s one half mustache, is on a quest to recover his fortune. It’s a well-executed platformer that has you floating and hopping your way through the 24 levels game.
This one whips up plenty of anxiety in a matter of seconds. You play as a boy who navigate through a haunting industrial world. This puzzle-platformer is harder– oh yea– you’ll end up dying a lot.
You’re a cluster of bugs who embark on an adventure to save a tree from an evil parasite. But that’s only half the draw of this richly textured world from the creators of Machinarium.
Temple Run 2
Can you evade capture and certain death at the hands of a rabid monkey? Duck, jump, slide, and spin to safety as you sprint through a ruined temple environment clutching the stolen idol.
Watch out for oncoming trains and other obstacles as you run along the tracks collecting coins. This endless runner offers some power-up twists, like a hoverboard and jetpack, to refresh the gameplay.
Flying through a futuristic, geometric environment full of glass obstacles you can smash by firing metallic spheres is strangely stress-relieving. The synced music and gentle difficulty curve help draw you in.
Fans of twitchy gameplay are going to love this fresh endless runner that places you in a capsule hurtling through space at near light speed trying desperately to avoid colliding with anything.
Canabalt HD ($3)
Tap to jump is all you need to know to guide your man in a hurry across the roof tops and through buildings. This is where the endless runner genre began and it’s still one of the best.