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Double-Jump to the Next Level with 5 Classic Side-Scrolling Games

Raid tombs, collect coins, and bash goblins with a sword.

Apps in this Guide

There aren't many mobile games out there that are free, ad-free, and also good. Most of them want to milk you over and over with microtransactions, or show you a constant stream of ads -- or both. Thesemore

There aren't many mobile games out there that are free, ad-free, and also good. Most of them want to milk you over and over with microtransactions, or show you a constant stream of ads -- or both. These platforming games for iOS and Android are far more cost-effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I decide I don't like one of these games, can I get a refund?
With Android games, you have a two-hour window in which you can get an automatic refund, performed within the Play Store app. Between two and 48 hours, you need to go to the Play Store website while logged into your Google account and go into your account settings to start the process. After 48 hours, you can request a refund, but it's up to the app publisher to give one to you. Meanwhile, Apple does not have a time frame for app refunds. You can ask for one at any time, but they’ll decide on a case-by-case basis whether to give it to you.
Are any of these games inappropriate for kids?
Magic Rampage makes liberal use of blood and gore, albeit in a cartoony style. The others in the list below are essentially PG-rated.

Best platformer games for iOS and Android

Sword of Xolan

Sword of Xolan

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This retro side-scrolling game puts you in a suit of armor and lets you wack bad guys with a giant sword. It's the perfect antidote to a rough day at the office. The controls are simple yet responsive, the difficulty curve glides up smoothly, and the visuals may make you nostalgic for the 16-bit days. You can remove the ads with a one-time purchase of 99 cents. One potential drawback: This game isn't available for iOS.

Magic Rampage

Magic Rampage

While it's a classical side-scrolling platformer at heart, Magic Rampage uses up-to-date visual effects to put you in a comically violent fantasy world. You have a range of character types to choose from -- all available without annoying unlock progression -- and you'll acquire and buy a steady stream of loot and gold coins to upgrade how much damage you do and take. The game also rewards light exploration with secret locations hidden throughout each level. Once you've finished the second dungeon, you can buy a chest of coins for $1.99 and never see ads again.

Goblin Sword

Goblin Sword

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Let's balance the scales with a great iOS-only game. Goblin Sword is drenched in Super Nintendo RPG pixel art nostalgia, and it arguably has the gameplay and vividly colored charm to match those golden days. This side-scrolling link to the past has just four onscreen controls: back, forward, attack, and jump, but they perform smoothly. And you get a beefy double-jump right away, which allows you to explore multi-tiered levels in search of treasure chests and coins, which you use to upgrade your gear. At $1.99, Goblin Sword is a steal.

Traps n' Gemstones

Traps n' Gemstones

In short, this is like old-school 2D Metroid, but you play Indiana Jones instead of Samus. Now, it's not officially Indy -- but he's got a whip and a fedora, and he's hunting for ancient relics. Like Metroid, you will encounter different obstacles that may require tools that you don't collect until later. So there's a lot of exploration, puzzle solving, and whip cracking to get the tomb's secrets to gradually open up. You can get everything in this game for five bucks, which is about what you'll pay for a movie rental. But you keep this game forever and can put it on all your compatible devices.

Leo's Fortune

Leo's Fortune

Leo's Fortune is kind of like Sonic, in the sense that you gather a stream of coins and frequently employ tricks that require momentum to succeed. Your left thumb controls speed and direction, and your right thumb triggers Leo's inflation, which lets him elevate and glide over obstacles. Some light physics puzzles and charming animation will tickle your brain and please your eyes. We recommend Wi-Fi when downloading this $4.99 game, as it's a few hundred megabytes. But what it lacks in compactness, it makes up for in high-fidelity artwork, music, and even voice acting.