No matter how advanced modern gaming gets, you can’t beat some classic running, jumping, platform action. And with the ability to tilt and rotate the screen to affect gameplay on the GALAXY Note II, there’s still enough innovation in this 30-year-old format to keep us all jumping for joy! Here’s our pick of the 10 best platformers currently raising (and lowering, and raising) the bar…
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This classic PC platform game gets a 21st Century makeover for its first mobile outing, but its cunningly designed levels will still test your precision jumping and climbing skills as you advance through the Grand Vizier's palace in pursuit of your kidnapped love.
The perils and puzzles you encounter on the way are as unforgiving as ever, but the difficulty level is perfectly tuned to keep you coming back for more – even after you fall to your death again and again!
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Sega's 16-bit star Sonic The Hedgehog was always the fastest platformer around, and that’s no different on the GALAXY Note II.
First released in 1993 to show off the capabilities of the Sega Mega-CD console, Sonic CD takes the basic Sonic formula - insanely fast platform action, collecting rings, spinning a lot - and adds a new archenemy in the form of evil robot Metal Sonic and the ability to travel through time if you go fast enough.
It’s still lots of fun after 20 years and a proper challenge compared to some of the more forgiving games of today.
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From the 3D graphics (buttery smooth thanks to the Note II's quad-core processor) to the cunning level design, this is a game that can truly lay claim to the description 'console quality'.
Travelling around the 3D landscape, Cordy must collect electricity to fill up his meter, then connect the power cable at the end of each level.
Obstacles and puzzles are many and varied, and gameplay and presentation are reminiscent of the PS3 classic, Little Big Planet. Plenty of secrets are waiting to be found and will keep you coming back for more.
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This quirky, moody little platformer has enough ideas for at least three different games. You play a little robot, tasked with restoring gravity and energy in a universe where the laws of physics are breaking down.
Gravity only works within a small circle around you, so moving around a level can dramatically affect objects within it. You can also change the direction of gravity by physically rotating your phone. You’ll use both of these abilities in different ways as the puzzles get harder and harder the further you progress!
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Journey into the body of a sick patient to hunt down and destroy infections with this superb example of old-school platforming at its finest.
It has a superb retro cartoon look and a jaunty soundtrack, which combine with some very easy early levels to lull you into a false sense of security.
Don't be fooled, however, as things get very tricky indeed and you will need every inch of your platform jumping skills to complete all 80 engrossing levels!
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Originally developed on the Amiga in 1990s Iraq (and generally acknowledged as the first commercial game from that country), Babylonian Twins is a lost classic from age of 16-bit gaming.
Now one of the original developers has ported the game to Android, so you can try it out on the GALAXY Note II.
You control the twins of the title, swapping between the two characters to solve tricky puzzles using their different abilities.
The game remains innovative and challenging after all these years, and the levels are well designed with real charm.
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Death is a given in most platformers, but only in They Need To Be Fed is it actually the aim of the game! Fight to survive past spikes and other hazards and you will be rewarded by being eaten by a hungry monster at the end of each level!
The in-game physics are extremely well modelled and entirely unique – gravity works in every direction and you will fall towards the nearest surface rather than going consistently 'down'.
This allows the designers to construct puzzling, intricate levels, all presented in a super-simple art style. You won’t get fed up with this one in a hurry!
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The game that created the 'endless runner' genre is essentially a fast-paced platform game boiled down to its most basic elements. You run across the screen from left to right, tapping to jump over obstacles and across seemingly impossible gaps in an attempt to reach a mysterious goal.
This updated HD version adds fully 3D-rendered backgrounds and smoother animations (you can switch back to the 'classic' look at any time, even during a game) and a new soundtrack. Gaming doesn't get simpler, or tenser, than this.
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Part platform game, part sci-fi adventure, this is an HD update to a classic Amiga title that sees you guide your hero through a strange alien world filled with danger.
It’s tough, unforgiving and downright obtuse at times, with no help, no on-screen indicators or score, and aliens that speak a completely unintelligible language. Yet it’s also exciting and compelling, and the HD revamp looks great on the Note II's vibrant HD Super AMOLED screen.
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As the time-travelling thief Cash, your robot pal Chrono assists you as you steal from the villains of the past in this clever single-screen game.
Designed for quick bursts of fast-paced, platform-jumping action, the controls are simple – left, right and jump - and will appeal to fans of Spectrum classic Chuckie Egg.
Scores can be ranked on global leaderboards and you can play with your GALAXY Note II held horizontally or tilt it vertically for an old-school 'arcade cabinet' feel.