Platform games

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In a platform game players jump from one platform to the next trying to reach the end of the level.

List of Platform games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre platform games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Abe's Amazing Adventure AbesAmazingAdventure.png March 5, 2005 Platform
Abe's Amazing Adventure
Screenshot of Abe's Amazing Adventure
Latest release1.1
Release dateMarch 5, 2005
Code licenseGPL[1]
P. languageC

Abe's Amazing Adventure is a cross-platform, side scrolling platform game. Similar to various platform games available for the Commodore+4.

Alex the Allegator 4 Allegator.png September 10th, 2003 Platformer
Platform games
Release dateSeptember 10th, 2003
DevelopersJohan Peitz (design, source code and graphics)
Anders Svensson (music and sound effects)
Code licenseGPL v2 or later[2]
Media licenseGPL v2 or later[3]
P. languageC

Alex the Allegator 4 is a retro-style platformer game made in 2003 by Johan Peitz and Anders Svensson. It is written in the C programming language using Allegro.

The game’s story begins as is usual for platform games: humans abduct Alex’s girlfriend, and he has to find and save her.

The game was released on September 10th, 2003.[4]

It is available e.g. in the Fedora and Debian software repositories.

Amphetamine Amphetamine-debgt20080921.png platformer

Amphetamine is a 2D platform game.

Barbie Seahorse Adventures Barbie-Seashorse-Adventures.png Platformer

Barbie Seahorse Adventures was a Platformer created for pyweek 4 by The Olde Battleaxe (TOBA), and won the team entry. It is licensed under the GPL.[5] It is written in the Python programming language and uses the Pygame library.

Blob Wars Episode 1 : Metal Blob Solid Metalblobsolid107.jpg April 17nd, 2011 Platform game
Platform games
Metal Blob Solid
GenrePlatform game
Latest release1.19[6]
Release dateApril 17nd, 2011
DeveloperParallel Realities
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licensesGraphics: GPLv2
Sounds: freeware, removed in Debian
P. languageC++

Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid is a 2D action platform game, created by Parallel Realities. The source is released under the GPL version 2.[7]

The latest version of the game is 1.19 released on April 17, 2011.

FreeGish Freegish.png 2010 Platformer, Physics simulation

Platform games
GenresPlatformer, Physics simulation
Latest release1.53
Release date2010
Code licensesGPL[8]
Media licensesCC BY-SA 3.0 mostly, CC BY-SA 2.5 and MIT some[8]

Freegish is a physics simulation platformer where you control a blob of tar. It can slick and slide and jump. There is also a multiplayer with modes like sumo wrestling and football.

Gilbert and the doors Gilbert and the doors.png 2018-07-13 Side-scrolling games

Gilbert and the doors is a 2D platform game, written in C language/SDL1.2. This is simple, but nice to play. The game contain 22 levels with an evolutive difficulty. Source code ready for windows and linux platform.

Go Ollie! no image Platformer

Go Ollie! is a mouse controlled platformer about an earth worm.

Hedgewars Hedgewars-0.9.6-002.png 2018-04-16 TBS
Hedgewars 0.9.17
Latest release0.9.24.1  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 16th, 2018
DeveloperHedgewars devlopment team
Code licenseGPLv2[9]
Media licenseGFDLv1.2 (images & sounds)
GPLv2 (rest)[9]
P. languageFree Pascal (game), Haskell (game server), C++ (Qt front-end)
LibraryQt, SDL

Hedgewars is a turn-based artillery game featuring fighting hedgehogs. In the spirit of worms, the player has to equip their team of hedgehogs with a choice of numerous weapons in order to combat the enemy. It features an AI player as well as a multiplayer mode.

The game is licensed under the GPL.[10] It requires the Qt and the SDL library.[11]

Irrlamb Irrlamb-0.1.0.jpg 2015-10-02 Platform, puzzle, physics simulation
irrlamb v0.1.0
GenrePlatform, puzzle, physics simulation
Latest release0.2.1  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 2nd, 2015
DeveloperAlan Witkowski
Code licenseGPL v3
Media licenseCC-by-SA 3.0
P. languageC++

irrlamb is a platform game, in which the player moves a ball through a 3D terrain. It is being developed by Alan Witkowski and is based on the Irrlicht Engine.[12] irrlamb is licensed under the third version of the GPL.[13] The latest version of the game is 0.1.1 released on January 3rd, 2013.[14]

Jump n Bump Jumpnbump.png 2004-09-11 Arcade, Platformer
Jump 'n Bump
Jump 'n Bump
GenresArcade, Platformer
Latest release1.55
Release dateSeptember 11, 2004
DeveloperBrainchild Design
Code license"Do whatever you like with it."[15]
P. languageC

Jump n Bump is a multiplayer platform game in which the players control cute bunnies. The latest version of the game is 1.55 on September 11, 2004.

Me and My Shadow Me and My Shadow 0.4.png 2014-03-29 Platform, Puzzle
Me and My Shadow
Me and My Shadow 0.4.png
Me and My Shadow 0.4
GenrePlatform, Puzzle
Latest release0.4.1  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 29th, 2014
DeveloperEdward Lii
Code licenseGPL[16]
Media licenseCC BY-SA, CC0, CC-BY a. o. [17]
P. languageC++

Me and My Shadow is a platform and puzzle game in which the player's shadow plays an important role. The game uses only monochrome colours, fitting the shadow-theme. There is set of tutorial levels which explain the controls, tactics and puzzles elements.

Mrfuze Screenshot-lvl9-mrfuze.png September, 13th, 2008 Platformer

Mr Fuze is PyMike's contest entry for the Pyweek 7 contest. The latest version of the game is 1.2 released on September, 13th, 2008. It is licensed under LGPL. It is written in the Python programming language with the Pygame library.

Neverball Neverball140.jpg 2014-05-21 Puzzle

Screenshot of Neverball v1.4.0
Latest release1.6.0  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 21st, 2014
DeveloperRobert Kooima
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL

Neverball is a puzzle game in which the player guides a ball through various obstacle courses. The game, including the media, is licensed under the GPL.[19][20] It was written by Robert Kooima. As of 2010-02-22, the latest version of the game is 1.6.0. There is a game based on Neverball, called Neverputt.

Nikwi Nikwi.png August 23, 2006 Platform

Screenshot of Nikwi
Latest release1.1
Release dateAugust 23, 2006
Code licenseGPL[21]
Media licenseGPL[21]

Nikwi is a 2D platformer where the player's goal is to collect sweets and avoid the traps and enemies.

Orbit-Hopper Orbit-Hopper - m1.png July 19, 2009 Platform, racing
Platform games
Orbit-Hopper - m1.png
GenresPlatform, racing
Latest release1.16c
Release dateJuly 19, 2009
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseGPLv2
P. languageC++
LibrariesSDL, OpenGL

Orbit-Hopper is a clone of the video game SkyRoads (1993), a 3D racing and platform game. It provides full 3D graphics, a level editor, and multiplayer with split-screen.

Plee the Bear Plee the bear.jpg ? Platform game
Platform games
Plee the bear.jpg
Plee the Bear tutorial level
GenrePlatform game
Latest release0.7
Release date?
DevelopersJulien Jorge, Sébastien Angibaud and contributors[22]
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseCC BY-SA v3
EngineBear Engine
P. languageC++

Plee the Bear is a 2D platform game in which the player controls a bear in single or multiplayer mode. As of 2015-01-07, the latest version of the game is 0.7.

The game's source code is licensed under the GNU GPL v2, while the game's media is under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license v3.[23][24]

It is written in the C++ programming language using the SDL library.

ReTux Retux.png 2017-08-31 Platformer
Latest release1.3.5  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 31st, 2017
Code licenseGPL[8]
Media licensevarious (all libre)[25]
P. languagePython
LibrarySGE Game Engine

ReTux (stylized as "reTux" in-game) is a libre 2-D platformer written in Python and utilizing media from SuperTux.

Although ReTux re-uses the art assets of SuperTux, no code from SuperTux is used in ReTux. The software portion of ReTux is entirely new, written in Python and based on the SGE Game Engine.

The main game contains 41 levels split into 5 worldmaps. Each level also has a Tux doll which can be found for bonus points and 100% completion.

It was previously distributed commercially, but released to the public at no charge in April 2017.[26]

Secret Maryo Chronicles Secret Maryo Chronicles 1.9.png 2009-08-17 Platform game
Platform games
Secret Maryo Chronicles 1.9.png
GenrePlatform game
Latest release1.9
Release dateAugust 17th, 2009
Code licenseGPL v3
Media licenseGPL v3
P. languageC++

Secret Maryo Chronicles (SMC) is a 2D platform game with a style designed to be similar to classic side-scrolling games. It uses the platform independent library SDL and, since version 0.98, the OpenGL accelerated Graphics Renderer.[27] The game is developed in C++ and is licensed under the GPLv3.[28] As of 2009-11-27, the latest version of SMC is 1.9 released on August 17th, 2009.

Stringrolled Stringrolled.png Puzzle platformer
Platform games
GenresPuzzle platformer
DevelopersCode by Joel Bouchard Lamontagne aka logicow, artwork by Isabelle Bouchard aka Windbladeicepuppy, music by Reduz, sound by Hubert Lamontagne aka madbrain and Coda
Code licensepublic domain
Media licensepublic domain
P. languagePython

Stringrolled, or Upsilon Cat, or Upsilon Cat in Stringrolled, is a puzzle platformer. It was created in September 2008 for PyWeek, and won as an individual entry by Joel Bouchard Lamontagne with artwork contributed by other people. It was released into public domain and the source code is available on Pyweek, so this is free software. It is written in the Python programming language and uses the Pygame library.

SuperTux Supertux030.jpg 2016-11-05 Platform game
SuperTux v0.3.0
GenresPlatform game
Latest release0.5.1  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 5th, 2016
DevelopersBill Kendrick, Ingo Ruhnke, others
Code licenseGPL[29]
Media licenseGPL[30], CC BY-SA[31]
P. languageC++

This article needs update. This article should mention SuperTux 2 which has many in detail improvements over SuperTux

SuperTux is a 2D side-scrolling platform game featuring Tux the Linux penguin mascot. It is programmed in C++.

SuperTux was originally created by Bill Kendrick. Ingo Ruhnke created many of the levels.

The latest stable release was v0.5.1 on November 5, 2016. It is licensed under the GPLv2.[32]

Teeworlds Teeworlds.jpg 2016-11-13 Platform, Run and gun, Online
GenrePlatform, Run and gun, Online
Latest release0.6.4  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 13th, 2016
DeveloperMagnus Auvinen and contributors[33]
Code licensea permissive license prohibiting misrepresentation[8]; some libraries under BSD, zlib/libpng
Media licensea permissive license prohibiting misrepresentation[8]
P. languageC (engine), C++ (game)

Teeworlds is a cartoon style 2D multiplayer platform shooter game (or third person shooter). The game provides an arena where players fight in various multiplayer modes (capture the flag, duel, team death match, race). The player is a Tee, a little ball with hands and feet.

The Legend of Edgar Edgar17.png 2018-01-01 Platform
The Legend of Edgar
The Legend of Edgar
Latest release1.28  (Announcement)
Release dateJanuary 1st, 2018
DeveloperParallel Realities
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseGPL v2
P. languageC

The Legend of Edgar is a 2D action platform game, created by Parallel Realities.

The source is released under the GPL version 2.

The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M. The secret chronicles sc1.png 2015-08-17 Platform game
The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M.
The secret chronicles sc1.png
The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M.
GenrePlatform game
Latest release2.0.0  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 17th, 2015
Code licenseGPL v3[8]
Media licenseGPL v3[8]
P. languageC++

The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M. (TSC) is a fork of Secret Maryo Chronicles, developed since the latter ceased development.[34]

TunnelWars TunnelWars.jpg September 9th, 1998
Platform games
Latest release1.0
Release dateSeptember 9th, 1998
DeveloperGreg Ratajik
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC

TunnelWars is a 2D side scrolling parallax game written in C by Greg Ratajik. The latest release is on September 9, 1998, and is released under GNU General Public License.[35][36] It was written for the OS/2 operating system.

Which Way Is Up Which Way Is Up - screen1.jpg February 11th, 2008 Puzzle puzzle, platformer
Platform games
Which Way Is Up - screen1.jpg
Latest release0.7.9
Release dateFebruary 11th, 2008
DeveloperOlli "Hectigo" Etuaho
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseCC BY 3.0
P. languagePython

Which Way Is Up? is a puzzle platformer written by Olli Etuaho. It is written in the Python programming language using the Pygame library. It is a solo entry in the PyWeek 4 contest.

Windys Windys-Screenshot.png 2011-08-12 Arcade, Action Platformer
GenresArcade, Action Platformer
Latest release1.5.0  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 12th, 2011
DevelopersPiga Software
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGFDL and GPLv3
EngineGambas Platform Engine
P. languageGambas 1.x, 2.x
LibrariesQt, SDL, and the Gambas Runtime Environment.

Windys is a free software action arcade game by Piga Software, originally released on August 12, 2009. It utilizes the Gambas Platform Engine and is designed in a deliberately retro style, featuring ASCII graphics and simulated PC speaker beeps. It is the second Piga game to be released for GNU/Linux, the first being Alexei: Part IX. A bug release version was sent out on September 1, 2011, and a brand new version was released on August 12, 2011 featuring bug fixes, updates proofreading and proper installers on a new Gambas 2 basis.

Yo Frankie! Yo Frankie - Demo 1.2.jpg 2009-07-04 Platform
Yo Frankie!
Yo Frankie - Demo 1.2.jpg
Yo Frankie!, technical demo 1.2
Latest release1.1  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 4th, 2009
Code licenseGPL[37]
Media licenseCC-BY 3.0[37]
EngineCrystal Space

Yo Frankie!, previously Apricot, is a free 3D platform game project launched by the Blender Institute and supported by the Crystal Space community, to improvement Blender in game development, and the Crystal Space engine.

The project start in February 2008, and its 1.0 release date was in August 2008[Verification needed]

. The source code is licensed under the GPL and the media is licensed under the CC-BY license.

The game has been released for download on 9 Dec 2008.[38]

As of 2009-11-26, the latest release is 1.1, made on July 4th, 2009.[39] Unsurprisingly, this game requires 3D hardware acceleration.

  1. Project Page
  4. Download page for Alex the Allegator 4
  5. Forum thread about the game
  7. Blob Wars' copyright file at Debian packages
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Invalid <ref> tag; name "lic" defined multiple times with different content Invalid <ref> tag; name "lic" defined multiple times with different content Invalid <ref> tag; name "lic" defined multiple times with different content
  9. 9.0 9.1 README file at the code repository
  10. The about page of Hedgewars
  11. Hedgewars FAQ page
  12. irrlamb project contact information
  13. irrlamb license text file on it's Subversion repository
  14. irrlamb 0.1.1 release announcement
  15. -> Source Download -> source.txt
  16. License in svn
  17. Credits in svn
  18. In game folder
  19. Neverball data's copyright file at Debian Packages
  20. Neverball source's copyright file at Debian packages
  21. 21.0 21.1 Nikwi homepage
  22. Contributors list on the project's wiki
  23. See Plee The Bear's COPYING file
  24. License section on the game's homepage
  27. Secret Maryo Chronicles- New 0.98
  28. SMC's license page
  32. SuperTux copyright file
  34. from Secret Maryo Chronicles
  35. TunnelWars homepage accessed on October 13th, 2009.
  36. Copyright info for TunnelWars
  37. 37.0 37.1 About page on the official web site
  38. (acc. 2008-12-15)
  39. (acc. 2009-11-27)