You're in the rhythm with Geometry Dash, the engaging and challenging platformer Android game. But if you're lookingmore
You're in the rhythm with Geometry Dash, the engaging and challenging platformer Android game. But if you're looking for a change of pace, we've picked out the best platform and side-scroller games for Android that let you swing, run, jump, dodge, ski, and fly your way to safety or treasure -- or both.
Our picks span chasing down llamas on a snowboard to dodging traffic as a chicken. And all of them have captivating imagery, evocative settings, and engaging stories -- and fast-paced action that requires your reflexes and wits to complete. And all but one is free to play, and the one that isn't is well worth the price.
Here are our picks for the best platform games to play that offer the same fast-paced action, quick reflexes, and sharp wits as Geometry Dash.
Snowboard down a mountainside, chase your on-the-loose llamas, hop over obstacles, and collect coins (that you can exchange for items in the workshop). In this strikingly attractive side scroller, you tap and hold to perform tricks and build up your speed and chain tricks together to earn more points. The game hooks into Google Play Game Services to connect you to other players. An ad-supported version lets you play for free. For $4.99, you can unlock the premium version, which removes the ads and gifts you 5,000 coins. Other upgrades include the Coin Doubler, a magnetic scarf that doubles the coins you collect snowboarding down the slopes.
In Badland 1 -- a moody, beautiful, and evocative platformer game for Android -- you fly your way through an obstacle-filled forest to guide your character to safety. The game has an appealing hand-drawn feel to it, and you can play by yourself, with four friends on one device, or cooperatively against other players. A free version is supported by a healthy supply of ads and lets you work your way through 40 levels during a day to keep your clone safe in the forest. For $3.99, you can unlock all levels and characters, a second day, and a level editor. The game hooks into your Google Play Game Services to offer multiplayer games, leaderboards, and more.
The sequel to Badland, Badland 2 adds the Evolution pack with 10 new levels to play through different periods of time in Badland, new daily challenges, and new secrets. The update is even more visually appealing than Badland -- if that's possible -- and offers new game mechanics that let you fly and scroll in four directions. Like Badland, you can play through levels by watching ads. Unlock the game for $3.99.
No chicken road-crossing jokes here. Gather coins with your blocky chicken as you navigate through traffic, over rivers, and past oncoming trains in this free-to-play pulse-pounding arcade game. Linger, and an eagle swoops down and takes you away. Unlock different character sets for 99 cents each or buy a piggy bank that lets you earn coins faster for $3.49.
Fly your ruggedly handsome hero as he escapes from a lab wearing a jetpack, collecting coins, avoiding dangerous hazards, amassing tools,, and completing his missions. The game, which requires a mix of reflexes and anticipation, is free to play, and you can purchase many of the upgrade gadgets through coins you earn. To speed things along, you can buy coins with your own cash.
In this $4.99 game -- with a completely engaging soundtrack, scenery, and narration -- help Leopold the Golden reclaim his stolen treasure. Guide the mustachioed fuzzball Leo across two dozen platforms, avoiding obstacles, solving puzzles, and manipulating contraptions to collect his fortune one coin at a time. The only downside is the lack of a free-to-play version.
You know the story: Bowser, the leader of a race of evil turtles, has kidnapped Princess Peach. In this side-scroller game, you run and jump across half a dozen worlds to rescue Princess Peach. The first world is free to play. You unlock the remaining five for $9.99. All six are exciting and fun and easily navigated with one hand, tapping, swiping, and holding your way to the Princess.
Run, jump, slide, take tight corners, and -- no matter what else you do -- stay ahead of the temple demons in this relentlessly fast-paced platformer game. The game is easy enough -- swipe to gather coins and dodge obstacles -- but endlessly fun as you work to make off with the stolen artifact.