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The 5 Best Mobile Platformers

Posted by Campbell Bird on July 30th, 2020

Touch screens and action-oriented gameplay don't typically mix, but over the course of pondering the best platformers on mobile, I found myself having a really hard time picking just five. Quite a few developers have found really creative ways to make games that require quick reflexes and precision feel perfectly enjoyable on your phone or tablet.

Check out our top picks for platformers on iOS, which cover the range of one-handed, streamlined experiences to titles more typical of the console platfomer experience. If you're looking for some other great mobile games to play, click here to check out all the other top lists we've been making lately.

Levelhead review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LEVEL UP
It’s no Mario Maker, but that’s kind of the point.
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Bomb Chicken review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 1st, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BLASTED BIRD
Bomb Chicken is a platformer that is frustratingly volatile and unpredictable.
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Early Worm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FORGETTABLE FLING
Early Worm uses a proven gameplay formula but then fails to build something particularly compelling around it.
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GRIS review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 26th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SKIN DEEP
GRIS is a visually arresting experience, but otherwise not particularly memorable.
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PSA: GRIS has some issues

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 21st, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SKIN DEEP :: Read Review »


UPDATE: GRIS developer Nomada Studio responded to this report citing that these issues are Bluetooth related. See below:


You may or may not have seen that Devolver Digital just released GRIS on the App Store, but we wanted to do a quick public service announcement to say that you might not want to hop on buying it just yet.

The puzzle platformer has come to small screens looking pretty great and running at a solid 60 frames per second, but it's got some glaring technical issues, most notably an audio bug that generates high-pitched digital noise instead of the game's audio. This noise comes suddenly and can blast out at a volume that's quite uncomfortable to listen to.

There are also times where the mobile version of GRIS stops responding to inputs or misplaces prompts on screen to the point that you can no longer make progress. Force restarting the game can fix these issues, but they're all fairly significant problems.

Throughout our time with GRIS, these were the only issues with the game. It's also possible Devolver will release an update in short order to address these issues. In either case, I'd hold off on buying the game for the time being if you plan to play it with Bluetooth headphones or a controller. For more info about the game itself, check out our review.

Witcheye review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: VISION PROBLEMS
Witcheye creates a unique problem for itself that it has a hard time solving.
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Journey review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 13th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STILL STUNNING
Journey is still a visual masterpiece, seven years after its initial release.
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Sky: Children of the Light review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LOST IN THE CLOUDS
Sky: Children of the Light is a technical marvel with some really unfortunate controls.
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Alabama Bones guide - How to get the most out of this one-touch platformer

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 21st, 2019

Alabama Bones is a pretty solid one-touch platfomer. While there are times where it’s pretty easy, fun, and satisgying to cruise through some levels, others can be quite tricky.

Leave it to us to take our experience with the game and share it with you, dear readers. See below for a few nice tips for how to have a bit of an eaiser time playing Alabama Bones:

Alabama Bones review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 20th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOT A BONE TO PICK
Alabama Bones is a solid, retro inspired platformer that’s marred by forced pop-up video ads.
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Bubbles the Cat review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 5th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PLATFORMING PURR-FECTION
This one-touch platformer has a tremendous amount of creativity and challenge, plus cats. What’s not to like?
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Magnibox review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 14th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STICK IT OUT
This magnetic puzzler doesn’t quite stick to everything, but it gets the basics right.
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Ordia review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 1st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PLATFORMING PERFECTION
Ordia is a truly special platformer that knows exactly what it’s supposed to be.
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Rolando: Royal Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 8th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RETRO REMAKE
Rolando: Royal Edition is a faithful and loving remaster of a dearly beloved ten-year-old game, for better or for worse.
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