We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Platforming Games for iOS So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.
Platform games have been around forever, almost as long as video gaming has been a “thing.” And now that tablets and phones are so readily available, platforming games have kept right up with the times.
On a positive note, most avoid the violence of many shoot-em-up video games, making them much more child friendly as a group. The games pit skill and strategy against the villains, so they are still fun and challenging. Check out these great platforming games ranging from the very familiar to the downright bizarre!
Perfect for the Kids
These selections have been extra careful about child safety and privacy, and they are great for getting your child hooked on platforming games that you’ve come to love all these years.
Soosiz features simple controls, secret challenges and outstanding graphics and sound effects. There are 7 worlds to explore and 66 levels, so a ton of content is available. It’s a fast-paced action game that no one will want to put down.
Playing the game has some academic pluses as well. Young players are exercising mental mapping skills, decision-making skills, and more. It’s like the best of both worlds – exciting gameplay and productive exercise for mental muscles. The app is free to download and play, and includes an in-app purchase option to remove the ads for ninety-nine cents.
It’s a dream quest, at least for some! Help the Muffin Knight find and return the fairy’s muffins to remove the curse on him. The game is full of favorite fairy tale creatures with amazing powers (we won’t ask about the “fertilize the forest with the unicorn” mentioned in the description).
This game supports player-to-player mode that allows you to compete for head to head with an opponent from the Game Center or one who is playing on a local network. What a pastime! The app costs $1.99 to download, and offers in-app purchases of extra points for prices ranging from $2.99 to $24.99.
Everyone, kids, and adults alike, will enjoy this classic platforming game. The Giana Sisters features a set of twins, each with different powers, set into a stunning and easy-to-use game platform.
And it’s another game with loads of hidden benefits for kids. The game will build eye-hand coordination, dexterity and other important skills while forming a foundational message that teamwork is the best way to achieve goals and solve problems. The app is $2.99 to download, and has an in-app purchase offer of a level pack for $1.49.
Explore worlds upon worlds of platforming fun in this great game featuring Maxwell. With lots of challenging puzzles and magical objects to summon, there are loads of hours of fun waiting for users, young or old.
Kids will be especially intrigued by the new mash-up characters, like Hipster Lincoln and Robo-Einstein. The app also allows users to store the items they’ve created in Maxwell’s magical backpack, which serves as a library to bring them back again and again. The app costs $4.99 and offers in-app purchases. There are 10 packs of figures and backgrounds available for ninety-nine cents each.
Game of Snow
Here’s a parody of Game of Thrones that pulls users right in. Enjoy ten levels with more promised by the developer. You’ll be jumping, running, and battling with the best of them!
Play the role of Jon and set off on a quest to rescue Sansa and Ghost the wolf from their captors. It’s a fun diversion that is great to play on the go. The app is free to download and play. It is rated 9+ for mild cartoon violence and profanity.
While this game is rated at 9+ for mild, infrequent cartoon violence, the premise is one that every kid will love. Mimpi is a lazy dog out in the real world, but in his dream world, he becomes “Superdog,” saving the world in various ways.
Throughout the six worlds, gamers will find rather easy puzzles and fun, relaxing gameplay. Developers even note in the description that they want players to be able to finish the game, so this might well be a great introduction to the genre for kids. There’s nothing like feeling successful to make this entire type of play seem like fun. The app costs ninety-nine cents and has in-app purchase options.
Classics and Connections to Classics
Anyone who has played platforming games for any length of time likely has favorites. Some of these games are reboots of old-school games from decades ago and others are reminiscent of old favorites.
Castle of Illusion
Help Mickey rescue Minnie from the clutches of the evil witch who kidnapped her. This game will take older players back to the days of Sega Genesis, and give younger players a new hobby. It includes five worlds and tons of intriguing obstacles.
Players can even earn customizations for Mickey’s costume. Challenging gameplay, hidden obstacles, and great graphics are just the beginning of the features in this classic game. The app costs $4.99 and is rated 9+ for mild fantasy violence.
Imagine a world where all of the platform heroes through the years have been kidnapped and deposited into one game, and that’s what you have found in this app. The heroes are in an epic battle to see which one is the best of all, and you’re in charge.
This game is entertaining and fun. Parents should be advised that there are links to the internet, social media, and in-app purchases, so the game may be best for children over age 13. The app is free with in-app purchase options for more coins up to $3.99 and an option to remove advertisements for $1.99.
Sonic CD Classic
Relive Sonic the Hedgehog’s glory days with this update of a true classic. Collect seven timestones to beat Dr. Eggman and save the day. Sonic can platform race with the best of the classic heroes, and you won’t get tired of this one.
You can even unlock Tails to help Sonic out! Sonic still has all of his zooming powers with spin dash and peel out, and now, in this version, he’s added time travel to push the fun up another notch. The app is free and offers a premium upgrade for $1.99.
Super Mario Run
Platform gaming doesn’t get much more classic than this! Now Mario and company can find a home (and a whole lot of hours of play time) on your iOS mobile device. Jump, spin, gather up coins and rescue Princess Peach like never before with this great game.
And rescuing the famed Princess is just the beginning. Once you’ve reached that first goal, a whopping NINE more worlds open up for your gaming pleasure. The app is free to download and an in-app purchase ($9.99) adds a slew of new challenges and twists that users report being well worth the money.
Rayman has been around in one form or another for a few decades now, putting it right up there with a few other classics. This version has over 50 different playable characters to use when you explore 7 worlds. And in a new twist on the franchise, developers have added “incrediballs” which have special, incredible abilities. Collect all 320 of them!
This game features all of the classic action of most platformer games, like running, jumping, swimming, hovering and more as you battle insane monsters. There are over 200 levels, so you’ll be gaming for a long, long time with this app. It is free to download and offers in-app purchases of packs of gems ranging from $1.99 to $19.99.
Innovative and Fun
Developers have unleashed their creativity with these platform games. These platform game selections have something unusual or unique about their universe, their gameplay, or their controls. Enjoy!
What better main character for a platforming game than a jumping bean? Bean Dreams features a main character that does nothing but jump, but with SKILLS! With 70 stages across 13 worlds, there will be no lack of new content on this app.
The game plays on any iOS device. It also syncs across your devices, so never lose progress when you switch from one to the other. You can vie for top spots on the leaderboard in the Game Center, too. It costs $2.99.
Take a platforming game and add gravity to each platform, and you have Caterzillar. Bob the Caterpillar must find ways to slink from platform to platform in this disorienting game where up and down are virtually meaningless.
The game features 32 levels within 4 chapters for hours of platforming fun. Pit Bob’s skills against the evil insects that have shattered the world, and see if you can rescue the princess. The app costs $2.99 to download and play.
Here’s an unusual offering from Infinite State Games Ltd. Help Mr. Fruts rescue his wife and all of his friends by scaling the vertically scrolling screen, solving puzzles, and destroying monsters. You’ll have to use all of your skills to defeat the evil skull, Pedro, who is behind all of the problems.
This game has gathered high praise in the reviews. The most frequent comment is on how “bizarre” the game is, so you’ll find lots to intrigue you. It’s a refreshing change of pace that you’re sure to enjoy. This app is completely free to download and play.
If new and unique content is your thing, this app was made to order. There’s a new level out each day, designed so you can finish in a day.
In-app purchases are available for between ninety-nine cents and $3.99 if you wish, and include things like extra characters as well as unlocked mode, where players can pass checkpoints for free. Otherwise it “costs” some of the collected treasures you accumulate as you play.
The concept of releasing a new level each day keeps the game very fresh. Reviewers comment that the developers are endlessly creative. They come up with new monsters, new traps and puzzles, and new configurations for everything at every new level.
Help Leopold recover his missing fortune by following the trail so conveniently left by the thieves through beautifully crafted worlds including a pirate city, snowy mountains, forests, and deserts. Along the way, you will need to avoid nasty traps and solve physics-based puzzles.
This game is a bit unusual in that there is an endless supply of lives available. However, if you want to earn the highest honors, see if you can make it through the entire game without dying once. If you manage to do so, you’ll unlock a special prize. This app costs $4.99 and is rated 9+ due to mild cartoon violence.
Spider 2 -Game Club
Ever wished your game could connect with reality? This offering from Tiger Style has that covered. As if becoming a creepy spider bent on building webs all over the deserted mansion weren’t enough, the game actually reacts to your real world.
When it gets dark where you are, night falls in the game. Look out your window in the real world, and you will see the same kind of weather happening in the game. Creepy!
And best of all, this game is really a two-in-one bargain. Besides the fun of creeping all around the mansion to make your sticky webs and catch bugs, there’s a mystery going on. Can you uncover the clues, master the puzzles, and solve the mystery? The app is free to download and try, then a monthly subscription will cost you $4.99.
Here’s a platformer with quite a backstory! Vincent S. Daggerhood has an amazing talent for throwing his dagger which led him to trouble. He was thrown into the Forsaken Caverns and now seeks to escape so he can get his revenge. Will you help?
The app is free to download and offers an assortment of in-app purchases ranging from forty-nine to ninety-nine cents.
Traps n’ Gemstones
This app boasts a huge variety of game play and fabulous touch-screen controls. It’s non-linear and non-destructive- if you die, you just start the room over again instead of having to go back to the beginning. As a free-lance archaeologist, you’ve been called to Egypt to solve the mystery of who is stealing the artifacts and where they are being taken.
The app costs $4.99 and has no in-app purchases. It is rated 9+ due to mild fantasy violence.
This app harkens back to the days of the Vikings. Oddmar, a ne’er do well, is offered a chance to redeem himself (with your help). Help him on his quest through magical forests, snowy mountains and treacherous mines. You’ll need all of your wits to solve the challenging physics puzzles on each of the 24 levels.
This app costs $4.99 and is rated 9+ due to mild fantasy violence.