The platform genre is one of the longest lasting in the gaming world. There are legendary examples of it on pretty much every platform released. And there are some terrible ones, too.
We’d hate for you to have to sift through the dross to get to the good ones, which is why we’ve written this list. It’s made up of what we think are the very best platform games that are available for Android right now.
There’s action, puzzling and more nail-biting jumps than you can shake a sweaty palm at. So let’s do this. You can click on the names of the games below to download them from the Play Store.
A brilliantly balanced Viking-themed cartoon platformer that sees you traversing 24 different levels to try and redeem yourself in the eyes of your clan. It’s slick, just the right amount of challenging and loads of fun. The first chunk is free and you can unlock the rest with an IAP.
A game that’s equal parts platforming and action. Work your way through a series of challenging fights, upgrade your character with new equipment and skills and try and stay alive long enough to get to the end. It’s tough, but it’s super rewarding. The first part is free and there’s an IAP to unlock the rest.
A gorgeous-looking fable about greed, family and large mustaches. You’re a bouncing ball of fluff out to regain your gold after it’s stolen by your brother. This one is slick and just deep enough to keep your attention. Leo’s Fortune is a premium game.
Sometimes describing Dead Cells feels like you’re just listing off modern gaming buzzwords. But the fact of the matter is, it’s really, really good. It’s a roguelite metroidvania with more than a few twists up its sleeve. If you haven’t played it yet, it’s highly recommended. This one’s premium too.
This one isn’t just a platformer, it lets you build your own levels as well. If you’re looking for an experience packed with creative possibility, then Levelhead is definitely that. The leaping is ace too. You get everything with a single up-front payment.
A one-touch platformer that’s updated with a new level every day. It’s easy to pick up, hard to put down, and you’ll get something new to have a go at all the time. Nitrome makes excellent games, and this one is no exception. It’s free to download with an IAP to get rid of the ads.
A gloomy, challenging wander through the afterlife that’s as poignant as it is difficult. There are shocks, surprises and an art style that’s been copied countless times since the game came out. It’s just as good on mobile as on any other platform, and it’s premium too.
A retro-tastic platformer that mixes together challenge and charm in equal measure. It’s full of neat ideas, the controls are impressive and there’s a real sense of accomplishment when you get past a tricky section. It’s free, with an IAP to get rid of the ads.
Rayman Fiesta Run
A joyous, mobile-perfect take on Rayman that tests your reflexes with a series of tough and engaging levels. Sure, you can get to the end, but can you get there with all of the pick-ups? It’s hard not to play this one with a smile on your face. It’s a premium game, but it does have some IAP too.
A smart, swipey action platformer that blends together the modern and the old school in some really intriguing ways. It might take a while to click, but when it does you’re going to love every second of it. This one’s a premium release as well.