Parkour games are sort of few and far between – but some of the best mobile and Switch games have running through city streets at their core, even if it doesn’t seem obvious at first. So, if you want to jump over rooftops without the vertigo, we’ve grabbed our favourites.
Once you’ve done more wall jumping than Mario, we can help with even more recommendations. Whether you fancy some FPS games, our picks for scooter games, or some Batman games, we’ve got it. Plus, we can help you work out how to play Snake or play Tic-Tac-Toe on Switch and mobile, too.
Anyway, here are our picks for parkour games you can play on the go:
Neon White is a really special indie game. It’s got hyperfast action as you zoom across bright white rooftops and gun down enemies, picking up different soul cards, which let you use new movement abilities. It’s not parkour to a T, but it’s all about moving through and over buildings as quickly as possible. And, better yet, it’s darn good fun.
Assassin’s Creed took parkour to the mainstream, leading to some excellent cities to traverse as one of the countless in-game murder-obsessives. The Rebel Collection, with the ace Black Flag and good-enough Rogue, offers fewer cities than other ACs, but when you do reach port from a long journey across the sea, scurrying through fields and up pirate hideouts still feels amazing.
Vector was my childhood, and I’m glad, having revisited it, that I had good taste as a youngun. The game is all about escaping a security guard, running left to right through office buildings as a silhouette. Simple taps of the touch screen let you bound over obstacles, and getting into a flow is a wonderful feeling. Seriously revisit this game if you haven’t, it’s pretty excellent.
Ghostrunner is another game with so much going on its easy to forget it’s got parkour-ish bits in it. In reality, it’s just some first-person platforming bits, but you’re a humanoid after all, so it’s parkour in my book. And, ever since Jumping Flash, first-person platforming has been great fun. Come for that, stay for the cyberpunk hack-and-slash action piled atop it.
Uh oh, another murder simulator! This time we’re in Italy though so it’s classier. The three AC games in The Ezio Collection all feature excellent cities to explore, and going back to Istanbul on the Switch in Revelations game me a new appreciation for a sidelined gem (as you can read in my Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection review). Load it up, run across the Mediterranean, and don’t forget to kill some strangers along the way.
Lava is hot, in case you didn’t know. Now, imagine that all the floor is lava. Wouldn’t that be scary! Well, that’s the game everyone played as a kid across the sofas in the living room, and someone made it a virtual reality. Again, this is really just a platformer, but not in the traditional sense, and it’s full of nonsense joy that’s great for a few hours – and it’s on Apple Arcade.
There you have some parkour games. Have fun with them, or check out the best Apple Arcade games to find something a little different. Bye!