Updated December 2, 2020: New entries added


Leaping from one thing to another have been a fundamental video game pursuit for decades - at least since a certain Donkey Kong hit arcades.

What Nintendo evidently knew back in 1981, and what we know now, is that the simple act of running and jumping can get you to some interesting places.

With platforming mechanics as your foundation, you can spin off in a variety of intriguing directions. You can go with an adventurous metroidvania, a fast-paced speed runner, a challenging roguelike, a frenetic arcade shooter, and much more besides.

All of these sub-genres are represented in our latest best-of list, and many more besides. While we might be well past the platformer's '90s heyday, it still remains popular among mobile gamers.

Have we left your favourite Android platformer off? Let us know in the comments below.