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Top 5 Speedrun Platformers on iPhone

Best ways to hop to it on iPhone

The 2D platformer has been around for decades, with Mario and Sonic continuing to stand as the genre’s grand figureheads. In recent years, however, we've witnessed the emergence of a harder, more focused, more competitive strain of platform hopping.

We’re talking about the speedrun platformer. These games tend to involve negotiating tight bite-sized levels packed full of tricky obstacles. The goal is more than mere survival or completion - it’s speed.

Let’s take a closer look at this competitive offshoot of the classic platformer, then, and consider the Top 5 speedrun platformers on iPhone.

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This follow-up to the fantastic Mikey Shorts is arguably the most accessible and downright fun speedrun platformer on this list. Run, jump, collect, and swing through each concise level. Whatever you do, though, do it quickly!
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Ravenous Games's three League of Evil games are some of the most polished, playable, and yet fiendishly difficult platformers available for iPhone. We've gone with this second one as it's better looking than the first one but isn't quite as teeth-grindingly tough as the third.
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The newest addition on this list, Shadow Blade is an extremely fast and fluid speedrun platformer featuring some absolutely stunning animation. In this one, you can carry the fight to your enemies with some brutal ninja combat, too.
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This is arguably the purest speedrun platformer on the list... and not just because of that title. Its controls are the simplest - if you want to jump higher, just hold jump for longer - while its art style is similarly minimalist.
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If you've just started out on your speedrun education with Mos Speedrun or Mikey Hooks, then Meganoid 2 represents the advanced module. It's fiendishly tough, with Pascal Bestebroer mercilessly throwing quick-fire insta-kill combinations at your 8-bit adventurer.
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8.1
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