10 of the best jump and run platformer games for Android and iOS

10 of the best jump and run platformer games for Android and iOS
Nintendo's Donkey Kong hit the arcades all the way back in 1981. Many were the factors that made it a video game unlike the rest, one of them being that it told a story. Pauline, a damsel in distress, had been kidnapped by a giant ape and it was up to a hero to save her. That hero, referred to as Jumpman at the time, was later to become a character you may have heard of – Mario. But no less importantly, Donkey Kong was the title that lead to the rise of the platformer and jump and run genres. And the genres are still alive and well today. In fact, that's the kind of games we'll focus on in this post.

Naturally, platformers have evolved quite a bit since the days when Donkey Kong was all the rage. While they're practically based on the same fundamental principle of navigating a hero by jumping from platform to platform, they've been influenced by a number of other game genres. RPG elements are often found in today's jump and run titles – heroes gain experience, grow stronger, and have the ability to buy better gear. We've also seen more than a few examples of a great action shooter platformer, reminiscent of old-school classics like Contra and Metal Slug. And blends between a platformer and a puzzle game have become fairly common. In fact, we have a few great examples in the slideshow below.

Speaking of which, below we've put together some of our favorite jump and run and platformer games available on Android and iOS. Take a look and let us know which one's your favorite. As always, if there's a great platformer that you think we should have included, do let us know by leaving a comment!



1. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

some of these are also available on WP store

2. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Manuganu is an awesome platform game! A little like Rayman although Rayman is better, but is free! Try it! You'll not be disappointed. Randomly came across this weird titled game and because of the reviews, tried and it was awesome although short!

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Big thumbs up for Sword of Xolan. It's IAP purchases are very harmless and the gameplay is solid.

4. gameiva

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Swordigo looks interesting and thanks for sharing such great list of games... But also try this Learning ABC for Fun with Kids

5. HanzoHero80

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Great Article but I miss one great platformer. Never heard of Lep's World? This game series get over 200 million downloads. You should but a review about this on your article too :)

6. george10

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2017

Great list! I also recommend Beast Smash for Android. It reminds me a lot of New Super Mario Bros play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jahd.ret​rex

7. BoomBox

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Swordigo and Rayman are good games. And what about Fergus Run (or Fergus Adventure)? Very nice running game and cool graphics

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