Platformance and Pixel Man: two great classic platformers for Windows Phone

Classic platformer games are always a blast--they're fun, sot of easy and bring back memories (well, if you're old enough, that is).

Two great games on Windows Phone are 'Platformance: Castle Pain' by Magiko Gaming and 'Pixel Man' by Nick Gravelyn. The former is a visually rich, humorous take on an old style of knight rescuing a princess. Filled with tons of traps and difficult jumps, the game is well worth the modest $0.99 (plus a free trial). 'Pixel Man' is a minimalist platformer with simple pixel graphics, but a still challenging adventure. The game looks like something off of an Atari and that's a good thing. That game is also $0.99 but there is a free alternative called 'Pixel Man Zero' which is ad supported--a great option for the casual gamer. And when 5,000 people download 'Pixel Man Zero', Nick's going to release 'Pixel Man 2'--sounds like a challenge.

Grab 'Platformance' here and 'Pixel Man' (or 'Pixel Man Zero') here and here.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Those controls look horrible. But for .99 cents, I'll give Platformance a try.
  • I've been playing both for a while now. As much as I hate touch screen controls, they're simple enough in both games to make it work, and after a while you'll reach kind of a zen state where your mistaps will decrease and the controls will be less of an obstacle. Word of caution, Platformance will piss you off at times. You will want to throw your phone against a wall a time or three. Resist that urge. :)
  • I've died 15 times in the first 5 minutes! LOL. The controls are not as bad as it seems in the video above, that guy just sucks. Fun game, worth 99 cents.You'll hit the back button by mistake a lot. It'll pause the game and screw you up!
  • "The controls are not as bad as it seems in the video above, that guy just sucks."ಠ_ಠ
  • I was joking. I suck to, sans I died 15 times in 5 minutes.
  • ..gently puts down his axe
  • I'm about to be in need of a new phone!!!!!