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Best Platform Free Games

Platform games task the player with directing their character to jump, climb, run and avoid obstacles. Getting their name because of levels constructed of platforms from which you have to jump, these games usually introduce hazards to make the forward progress more hazardous.

Although often played with just a joystick and couple of buttons the timing and duration of the button presses and joystick direction requires considerable skill. When combined with Simulation genre the character responds to the physical mechanics of the game world in such a way that players need to spend time learning to use their instincts and relations to progress.

These are commonly considered Action games, but platformers (as they are often called) can also be combined with Fighting or [link to search/genre/Rhythm/ Rhythm games to create a wide range of ways (and reasons) to traverse levels. Although Platform games are usually simpler to understand. However, when combined with Open-World or Puzzle genres they can present a larger and more complex challenge to players.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2003 - 2022
Total Games: 64
Total Likes: 883
 

 

Astro's Playroom

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2020

Platforms: PS5

Astro's Playroom is a running and jumping game that launched with the PlayStation 5. It not only showcases the PS5's new DualSense controller but offers a loveable adventure with novel interactions and considerable substance.

Alto's Odyssey (Series)

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/02/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Descend beautiful mountains, dunes and canyons on a snowboarding journey full of serenity and secrets. All you have to worry about is tapping to jump to avoid chasms, rockfall and other hazards. It’s simple and moreish due to the stunning landscapes...

Roblox (Series)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...

Crab Game

Release Date: 29/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Crab Game is a competitive action game where you play mini-games based on the Squid Game Netflix show challenges. Similar to Fall Guys, each requires you to be the last player standing to claim the win. Here however, the game has a darker feel with...

Free Fire (Series)

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Super Mario Bros. 35

Release Date: 01/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...

Piggy (Roblox)

Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying and survive from being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder from a family of...

Splatty's Adventure (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Splatty’s Adventure is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a small (4-year-old) hero who must escape an oversized bedroom and get on your way to save the world from destruction. Like stepping into a Toy Story film, but here you wield a...

Pac-Man Geo

Release Date: 14/10/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Pac-Man Geo combines the classic pill-collecting arcade game with the real world. Unlike Pokemon Go, you don't run around outside, but use real world locations to make the mazes around which you are chased by ghosts.

Ensamey (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/10/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Ensamey is a narrative game where you run and jump to explore a story told by a 4 year-old and their father. As the child tells the story, what they say and draw appears in the game for you to interact and play with.

MultiVersus

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/07/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

MultiVersus is a fighting game like Smash Brothers where you team up with or against other players. The novelty is this teamwork and the deep catalogue of characters you can fight with. Batman, Shaggy from Scooby Do, Superman, Bugs Bunny and so on.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Release Date: 31/03/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free online shooting game, like Overwatch that lets you play as different heroes in the battles. It's set in a world combining fantasy and science fiction, including medieval-looking...

Tren (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Pac-Man Vs.

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Silly Walks

Release Date: 07/08/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Silly Walks is an adventure where you control household-objects by tapping the screen to get them to walk. Each tap switches legs so you can control their direction as well as their speed. It sounds simple but takes some considerable skill. The...

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Kuro: A Shadow's Dream is a running and jumping puzzle game. You play as a boy ninja called Kuro who is chasing a mysterious caped figure through a colourful painted landscape. It's unusual because although you collect special abilities (higher jumps or...

Gravity Rush

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS Vita and PS4

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Ninjala

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Platforms: Switch

Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.

Temple of Sun and Moon (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Temple of Sun and Moon is a running and jumping game with a puzzle element. This is set in an ancient temple dedicated to the gods of the sun and the moon. Collect 25 coins to complete the game, however some coins are easier to get to than others, and...

Colour With Crayons (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Colour with Crayons is a running and jumping game. You are a crayon in a world made from art supplies. Find the required number of transparent boxes and colour them in to progress. It's an unusual premise extended by the optional hunt for cones to...

The Snowgardens (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

The Snowgardens is a running, jumping and exploration game where you are a child stranded on a beautiful archipelago. Once the home to an ancient time-altering civilisation but now abandoned, leaving strange technology for you to operate to progress.

Active Arcade

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Active Arcade is a motion controlled set of puzzle and action games. You control the action in the game by standing in front of your smartphone camera and moving your body, arms and hands.

Dog's Run (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Dog's Run and the sequel Dog's Run Generations are simple running, jump and digging games where you play a dog searching for their lost bones. It's novel because of the focus on simple exploration, jumping and collecting gems. This do get a little more...

Plasticity

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/05/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Plasticity is a running and jumping puzzle game about a world overrun with plastic waste. You collect and recycle the plastic to transform your environment back to health. It's a short game designed to raise awareness of the long-lasting damage that...

Red and the Phantom Castle (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Red and the Phantom Castle is a fantasy adventure game. This is the first part in a series of games featuring the character Red. It combines running and jumping, combat and collecting to make an exciting adventure set in a world that has lost all its...

Blackbird

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

Brawlout

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

Jumpy Wall

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...

Ruckus (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/06/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Ruckus Just Another Natural Disaster (to use its full name) is a fighting game where you are destroying the city rather than other players. You play a Godzilla-style monster and must cause as much havoc before the missiles land and end your reign of...

Ball World Adventures (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Ball World Adventures is a rolling and balancing game where you move a marble through an obstacle course, like the classic Monkey Ball game. It's unusual not only for its dexterity challenge but the tactile feeling it creates as you roll along different...

Dreamscape (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Dreamscape is a running and jumping adventure with a dimension shifting twist. You play Rygan, a wingless teenage drake (a type of dragon). Rygan spends most of his day chasing sheep around until he discovers Gryphon, a wise spirit that teaches him...

Hot Swap

Release Date: 10/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Hop Swap is a platform game where you can flip gravity and jump through the ground. The sky becomes the ground and the ground becomes the sky. This simple premise is used to create a complex and weaving adventure where you journey through two worlds at...

Trip's Voyage (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/01/2022

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Trip's Voyage is a running, jumping and collecting game. You play as a cat in a sailor uniform, collecting bells and anchors over a series of colourful platform-filled worlds. Inspired by open world 3D games like Super Mario Odyssey and Banjo Kazooie...

Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Hunt (Series)

Release Date: 07/09/2021

Platforms: PC and PS5

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the streets and on the rooftops of Prague as war breaks out between the vampire sects. In teams or solo, you take the role of vampires battling opponents and other enemies...

A Little Perspective (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

A Little Perspective is a puzzle game where you rotate the world to see things from a different angle and find new paths to the goal. Like an Escher picture (and like the PlayStation 3 game, Echochrome) the perspective affects which platforms you can...

Art's Dream (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/02/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Art's Dream is an adventure game featuring different game styles, including running and jumping, combat and puzzle solving. It's particularly unusual as it has music threading through it like a musical. You play as Art, a depressed double bass player,...

Burd

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2019

Platforms: PC

Burd is a jumping and flying game where you play a pixelated bird who can feed worms to a larger bird to save his world. But to get the worms you have to sacrifice eggs. It starts simple but soon feels ominous, dark and questionable. It's an...

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/01/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Qubo's Quest: Into the Wild is a running and jumping game with some combat. You play as a tiny robot in an environment where pencils are weapons and pin tacks are deadly. There are two worlds to explore, an office and a garden. You must avoid the deadly...

Cookies Must Die

Release Date: 05/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Cookies Must Die is a platform game where you fight mutant cookies. Your character is a genetically modified superhuman who now, thanks to the scientists, has the ability to hurl itself across the lab facility, aiming at foes and avoiding obstacles.

Cyber Trigger (Dreams)

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Cyber Trigger is a retro running, jumping and shooting game. You play a space adventurer answering a distress call from a planet overrun with alien robots. It's a love letter to classic pixelated platform games with a mix of cave adventure, combat, and...

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