What are the best 2D platformer games for children?

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    #1Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Scribblenauts Unlimited
    Scribblenauts Unlimited features a huge side-scrolling open world where you can help the game's hero, Maxwell, solve robust puzzles and challenges.

    Windows, Android, iOS


    Carl Austin
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "While this is a game for children (of all ages), this is not technically a platform game. It's a puzzle adventure game with maybe some platform elements. This is actually a really fun game, and my nephew really loved playing it."
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    #2Scribblenauts Remix

    Scribblenauts Remix
    Scribblenauts Remix is a remake of Scribblenauts/Super Scribblenauts for iOS and Android devices. The game contains most of the gameplay from Super Scribblenauts, including Adjectives, although some features such as the Level Editor are missing.

    Android, iOS

    $0.99- With in-app purchases.

    Judith Jacobs
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "My kids love this game. They play it all the time. What I like about it is that it has helped them with their reading and spelling. So win for both sides!"
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    #3Rayman Legends

    Rayman Legends
    Rayman Legends is a platforming game by Ubisoft. The game is about Rayman and Globox enter new realms by entering a collection of paintings. Players can also play as the Teensies and princesses by rescuing them.

    Amazon, Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U

    Check price

    Adam Mason
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "Rayman Legends is fantastic! I think my kids will love this game with its great graphics and good story line. It looks like this game has many different levels and challenges, so it looks like this game will keep them interested for a long time."
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    Terraria is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game with the objective of digging, exploring, fighting, and building. Developed and published by Re-Logic, this game is available to play on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire


    Trisha Khan
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "Terraria is a fun 2D sandbox game. You can dig and build and find things for your explorations. Kids will get hours of entertainment from the game. "
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    #5Rayman Adventures

    Rayman Adventures
    Rayman Adventures is a 2D side-scroller platform game for iOS and Android. The game features the characteristic Rayman gameplay translated into touch-controls in a free-to-play system. 

    iOS, Android

    Free- With in-app purchases.

    Christopher May
    Written on January 2, 2017
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    #6Super Mario Run

    Super Mario Run
    Play as Mario in an action-packed game as you run, jump, and defeat creatures. Mario runs automatically, while a 60-minute timer goes off. Defeat Bowser, monsters, goombas, and more. 

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Richard Griffin
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "I can't get enough of Super Mario. I loved Mario games as a child and I think any child will love this. Time your jumps right to get the highest score!"
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    #7Sonic The Hedgehog 2

    Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic the H3dgehog 2 is one of the greatest adventures of all time. Race as Sonic and Tails through high-speed environments such as Casino Night and Chemical Plant. Destroy Dr. Eggman in epic boss battles or aim for the high score in Sonic's iconic half pipe Special Stage. 

    Android, iOS, Lukie Games (Sega Genesis), Ebay (Sega Genesis)


    Ronald Wallace
    Written on May 15, 2017
    "I was looking for a 2D platformer game for my kids and found Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a game I played when I was a kid! I remember it being very fun and enjoyable so I went ahead and downloaded it and was ver happy with my decision. My kids love the speed and excitement, as well as the characters, so I am very pleased with this game!"
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    #8BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater

    BattleBlock Theater is a comedy co-op multiplayer video game developed and published by The Behemoth and was first released on April 3, 2013. Through this game, players will control a prisoner to play through games. 


    Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, Linux


    Andrea Pena
    Written on May 29, 2017
    "This game was great for my 11 year old to play. The younger one doesn't have the hand-eye coordination to play it though, but I'm sure they'll get there eventually! I like that it has a lot to do, the game never gets boring and they aren't running out of content."
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    Jump your way to the end of every level of this free to play retro platformer, where you will be able to customize your character, upgrade it and make it discover amazing environments. 




    Paul Edwards
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "This retro children's game has provided my son with countless hours of entertainment. The simple yet challenging platform game play engages him to continue progressing through levels and he enjoys every moment along the way. It is also a completely free and open source game!"
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    #10New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    New Super Mario Bros. Wii, like all the previous games in the Super Mario franchise, is a side-scrolling platforming game. The most important feature of this one is its new simultaneous multiplayer mode.

    Nintendo Wii

    Check price

    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "I'm one of those who played Mario Brothers back in the day (seriously, 1983, arcade!) This game is a way of sharing a little of that with my young son in good old 2017 with some great gameplay. There's even a multiplayer version where he and I can play together. "
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    #11Game Of Snow

    Game Of Snow
    Game Of Snow is a classic platformer game inspired by Game of Thrones developed for Android and iOS devices. In the game, you're Jon Snow and you have to free Sansa and Ghost from where they are imprisoned.

    iOS, Android


    Laura Knight
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "I was looking for a new 2D game for my kids. I decided to check out Game of Snow from the apple app store. I like the game a lot, and I might keep it for myself. I don't think the game of thrones topic really works for my kids, though."
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    Chariot is a humorous physics-based couch co-op platformer video game developed and published by Frima Studio. It is about a brave princess and her suitor carrying a funeral wagon through ancient caverns.

    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Thomas Sandoval
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I play this game with my child in split screen and we both love it! It takes me back to how multiplayer used to be, but with a modern twist. The game mechanics are interesting, the art style superb, and the humor is lighthearted. I recommend this game for all ages."
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    #13Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New' N' Tasty

    Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New' N' Tasty

    Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is platform video game and a full HD remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee with amazing new's gen graphics, revamped controls, and new areas/ secrets.


    Windows, Mac, Xbox One , PlayStation 4, Linux


    Laura Walsh
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "The best 2D platformer game for children was what I was in search for. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New' N' Tasty was what I wanted to try out. I loved the graphics and the controls are great."
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    #14Super Mario Bros 3

    Super Mario Bros 3

    Super Mario Bros. 3 often referred to as Super Mario 3, is the third game in the Mario series. This video game brings Nintendo's popular platformer series back to the familiar gameplay and story of the first installment while adding plenty of new elements also introduced one of the strangest power-ups in the entire series: Kuribo's Shoe.


    NES, 3DS, Nintendo Wii U

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    Kimberly Schultz
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "As someone who spent hours, even entire days on the weekend, in my childhood, playing the original Super Mario game, Super Mario Bros 3 was like a walk down memory lane. So many aspects were familiar while adding some new elements. The graphics were great, the sound was enhanced and the game was just as exciting as ever. I might even refer to this as "comfort food" of the gaming world (familiar and rewarding)."
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    #15Super Mario World

    Super Mario World

    Mario and his dinosaur companion, Yoshi, are looking for the dinosaur eggs Bowser has stolen and placed in seven castles. Super Mario World, is a platform game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released from 1990 to 1992 (depending on the region) and was one of the most popular games for the SNES. 


    Super Nintendo, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Android

    Varies by seller

    Lisa Hughes
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "It's good and definitely one of the best Mario games. But it pales in comparison to Mario 3. Super Mario World is way too easy and it started a decline of Mario games having the tough as nails difficulty of the original trilogy of the NES. Yoshi's Island, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 were all very easy as well."
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    #16Super Mario Maker

    Super Mario Maker

    Super Mario Maker is a side-scroller platformer game creation video game by Nintendo for 3DS and Wii U released in September 2015. You can create and share your very own Mario levels using the Wii U GamePad controller, then play a near-infinite number of intensely creative levels from other makers around the world.  


    Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U


    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "Dream game for me, I always wanted to be able to make my own levels in mario and now can finally do it. This game has everything that you can think of from any Mario. Great for anyone, you can make a board as challenging or easy as you like. A definite recommend for all Mario fans."
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    #17Guacamelee! Gold Edition

    Guacamelee! Gold Edition
    Guacamelee! is a metroidvania beat ‘em up platform game developed by DrinkBox Studios. Released in 2013, this game can be played on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, as well as in Xbox One, Windows PC, and macOS.

    Windows, Mac


    James Austin
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I was looking for something a little silly like Kirby, but a little exciting like Mario, but not looking to play either of those or anything from those worlds. Guacamelee is perfect. It's fun to just look at it and enjoy the artwork, the gameplay is responsive and swift, the destructive elements are just flat-out fun. I'll be playing this for quite awhile."
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    Spelunky is an open source platform video game independently created by Derek Yu and first released in 2008. It features randomized levels offering a challenging new experience for players. 

    Windows, Chrome, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360


    Nathan Griffin
    Written on December 16, 2017
    "If you want a good 2D platformer game for children, Spelunky is for you. The level designs are fun and it is very easy to learn and play."
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    #19Alien Seasons

    Alien Seasons

    Alien Seasons is an Android game specially designed for the youngest people in the house: the kids. This arcade game uses seasons of the year for setting the action. 




    Natalie Frantsuzova
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "Alien Seasons is a small mobile platformer about a cute alien and seasons of the year. It's rather challenging but designed especially for kids."
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    #20Disney Aladdin (video game)

    Disney Aladdin (video game)
    Disney's Aladdin is a platform video game developed by Virgin Games and Disney Software based on the 1992 film of the same name.



    Anna Garza
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Great game for kids! They can play on the computer so there is no need to buy expensive game stations. My 5 and 6 year old boys love the game. It even entertains their younger sister when she sits behind them and watches the game like it is a real cartoon. This game gives me a chance to get some house work done in the afternoons."
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    #21 Disney The Lion King (video game)

     Disney The Lion King (video game)
    The Lion King is a platformer video game based on Disney's popular animated film of the same name. This game brings to life the majesty and mystery of Africa through the tale of Simba, a lion cub faced with the challenging transition to maturity. Now, you too can be part of the adventure.



    Elizabeth Cordero
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "Of all Disney movies, the Lion King is a great one to base a video game on. The story is classic; I think most everyone has seen this film. There isn't anything too objectionable for little kids like there are in some of the Halloween games for example. The graphics are a little crude, but it is 2D and I don't think the kids will mind. "
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    #22Sonic Mania

    Sonic Mania

    Sonic Mania is a 2D platform game by Sega. Players can select as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles, and they have to face the robot army of Dr. Eggman. The game has a retro design with crisp details in HD, combined with high-speed gameplay.


    Nintendo Switch, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Billy Ray
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "I was looking for one of the best 2D platformer games for children, and I came across a truly great game in Sonic Mania. You can relive the past through classic zones, while at the same time exploring the future through new bosses. This game has it all: HD retro-style graphics, and head-to-head battles in competition mode. What an awesome spin on the old and the new!"
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    #23The Disney Afternoon Collection

    The Disney Afternoon Collection

    The Disney Afternoon Collection is a compilation of the following video games: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Tony Guo
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "I really recommend this collection. Has a bunch of classics and even if you have never played them they are classics for a reason. Very fun games and for a fairly cheap price. For $20 you are going to have hours of fun. Graphics are dated of course but it almost makes it more fun as it brings you back to your childhood."


Best 2D platformer games for children
1Scribblenauts UnlimitedGames 10 Paid
2Scribblenauts RemixApps 8 Paid
3Rayman LegendsGames 7 Paid
4TerrariaGames 5 Paid
5Rayman AdventuresGames 5 Free
6Super Mario RunGames 3 Free
7Sonic The Hedgehog 2Games 2 Paid
8BattleBlock TheaterGames 1 Paid
9Fur-GuardiansGames 1 Free
10New Super Mario Bros. WiiGames 1 Paid

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