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The platforming genre holds some of the most esteemed games of all time. But even if you aren’t playing a masterpiece, they’re still a ton of fun to play. When you need a break from your day and want to run and jump as a silly character and avoid danger while collecting objects, these free Windows Store games have you covered. Plus, you can even take them offline if you like.
Control a Kooky Character
Like platformers that feature a wild protagonist? These games are for you.
Based on the original Dangerous Dave game from 1988, Dave in Danger takes you on a pixelated adventure in search of a key. Collect valuable gems, jump over gaps of burning liquid, and grab the shiny key. Then, head to the door to the next level before you run out of your five lives.
With funky music and old-school graphics, you’ll enjoy some retro fun with Dave in Danger.
2. Jack N’ Jill
Reunite this well-known couple in a grayscale world of obstacles in Jack N’ Jill. You move Jack with one-button controls as he searches for Jill. Once you get him started, he will continue to run and you must make him jump over obstacles and avoid enemies. Find your true love, and you can move onto the next level.
With seven worlds and 140 levels in all, Jack N’ Jill is great for all ages.
If you enjoy the Jack N’ Jill game, but want to check it out in a colorful dimension, try Jack N’ Jill 3D. The controls are the same with a one-button click to control Jack’s turns and jumps. Follow the arrows to find Jill, collect coins along your way, and watch out for pits and enemies.
For a charming story across 60 levels, Jack N’ Jill 3D is a cute and colorful platformer.
Rabbits love carrots — and in the first world of Greedy Rabbit, they’re what you seek. Collect those delicious veggies, pick up stars, and hippity-hop to the portal to reach the next level. You then move onto bigger vegetable worlds from cabbage to tomatoes.
Each world has 15 challenging levels and Greedy Rabbit a neat and upbeat game.
Run Through a Wild World
A platformer without awesome levels isn’t much at all. In these games, the exotic locations take center stage.
5. Lep’s World
Lep’s World is the first in a series and tons of fun. You are a leprechaun in search of gold in a colorful world full of coins and enemies. In Super Mario Bros.-style gameplay, you collect coins, jump on and off platforms, and make your way to the rainbow. You can crush enemies by pouncing on them or take them out with acorns that you gather on your path. The game has six different worlds, 112 levels, and nine types of enemies to conquer.
If you are a fan of 2D, side-scrolling platformers, then Lep’s World is the game for you.
If you would rather be a crocodile than a leprechaun, jump over to Croc’s World 3. You can play as Croc the crocodile or Roodie the kangaroo in this two-themed adventure. Run, jump, swim, and make your way to the goal. But be sure to pick up diamonds to get an extra life along with other items to help you defeat enemies and overcome obstacles in your path.
With 60 enjoyable levels, tons of dangerous enemies, and four different big bosses to defeat, Croc’s World 3 is a nifty adventure.
When you aren’t in the mood for leprechauns and crocodiles, be a monkey instead in Jump Kong Hero Craft World. With five worlds, you’ll make your way over the mountains and through the sky with 36 total levels. Carrying a handy stick for defense, you can defeat your enemies as you run and jump towards the goal.
Jump Kong Hero Craft World is a cheerful and colorful platformer with a lively theme.
Summon your magical powers as a sorcerer’s apprentice in Tower of Elements. In this unique platformer, you must move through each room inside of a tower in search of the door. To get there, you utilize the elements of ice, fire, wind, and earth. Be on the lookout for enemy dwellers because you cannot damage them, but they can certainly hurt you.
For a mysterious platform game, Tower of Elements offers five different dungeons and 50 levels to challenge you.
Become a king and search for your lost treasure in Treasure Maze. Collect gold and gems so you can receive diamonds to exchange for weapons. Attack your enemies as you climb ladders and ropes, push boxes and barrels, and find your way through the maze to the treasure. Then, pull out your Treasure Cracker tool to see what’s inside that valuable trunk.
Treasure Maze offers cool graphics and fun challenges through its 32 levels.
Play a Puzzling Platformer
If just getting to the goal isn’t enough for you, these games throw puzzles into the mix.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary in a platform game, Poly and the Marble Maze comes through. With gorgeous graphics, you guide the marble across shapely platforms collecting crystals. Reach the flag and roll on to the next level, but be sure to plan your moves strategically and ahead of time.
Poly and the Marble Maze has simple controls with amazing visuals and attractive background music to match.
On the other end of the spectrum is Super Bounce Ball Maze. This platform puzzler has simplistic graphics, but they’re done well. What makes this game stand out from similar titles is that you must move the ball to the goal by making it jump over obstacles. But there’s a catch: you have no jump button. So, you’ll have to instead make that smiley roll to increase its speed, jump, and then slide into the goal.
Plan your moves carefully and enjoy 40 levels in the fun 2D Super Bounce Ball Maze game.
12. Rolling Sky 3D
For those who really want a challenge in a puzzle platform game, check out Rolling Sky 3D. This game may have simple controls, but the gameplay is anything but easy. As the ball rolls across platforms in the sky, you must move it left and right to avoid the obstacles while collecting gems and staying on the track.
If you are ready to a test of your skills and reflexes, give Rolling Sky 3D a try.
Which Windows Store Platformers Do You Love?
If platformers are your favorite genre, is there one in particular that you just love? Whether a perplexing puzzle platformer, a crazy character-based challenge, or a worldly adventure, share it with us in the comments below!