Finding a great 2D platformer for iOS can be quite time-consuming, not to mention exhausting. The App Store has more titles than you can count, but sadly not all of them are going to be worthy of your time. So, which are? 

In today's article, we are going to take a look at some of the best 2D platformers for iPhones and iPads you can get your hands on right now, be it paid or free, there is a game that can match anyone's needs and wants in terms of gameplay, graphics, and narrative. 

What defines a good 2D platformer?

There are a lot of factors to consider when picking a platformer. Since we're going to focus solely on 2D options, you won't find some of the bigger titles that feature heavily realistic graphics and motion. Instead, we'll list lots of pixelated games and Mario-like creations that will bring back memories. 

As for what defines a good one, you can probably imagine that it's quite complicated. Since many players prefer action-packed platformers while others like more casual ones, we've hand-picked a couple of titles from pretty much every genre and difficultly (with a little bias towards pixelated ones). Of course, if you want a more general list of iOS platformers (including 2D, 3D, and everything you could imagine) you should read our top 25 list of platformers for iOS

So grab your iPad or iPhone and get ready to jump, slide, tap and run as best as you can, because we're about to dive into the slashing world of 2D platformers on iOS!