One of my very favorite platformers, Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds [$4.99], is currently free on the App Store. Originally released on the Nintendo 3DS in January of 2012, Mutant Mudds made its debut on the App Store in December of that same year, and proved to be quite a hit. It's more of a slow-paced action platformer, as you'll need to take your time and make precise jumps in order to get past the many enemies in the game. It's very challenging, but also very satisfying. There's a hint of Metroidvania in it too, as you'll slowly unlock and upgrade new weapons and abilities that allow you to revisit previous levels and gain access to new areas. Finally, one of its key elements is the ability to jump in-between three levels of depth in the environment. There's a normal middle plane, a farther away plane in the background, and even an extreme close-up foreground plane. It's a neat effect, but it also ties into much of the puzzling and exploring in Mutant Mudds.

Being a game built for a platform like the 3DS, Mutant Mudds often demands precision, but thankfully everything holds up quite well on the touchscreen. As I mentioned, it's the kind of game where you'll really want to take your time and think about your actions, though levels are timed so you can speed run them if you feel so inclined. It's just an all-around great platformer filled with tons of levels to complete and plenty of little secrets to discover. Being that it's currently free, it shouldn't take much convincing to get you to download and try it, but you could always consult our full review of Mutant Mudds if you want more insight.

  • Grits n Gravy

    Have this on 3ds, highly recommend everyone pick this up

  • speedyph

    Wow I neva played it downloading now

  • B30

    Great game

  • pdSlooper

    I tried the demo for this on 3DS, and seems pretty
    average. I can only imagine it being worse without proper buttons.

    • Siveon

      It's nothing special, but free is free.

      • Intendro

        It's at least decent (I got it on 3DS a while ago).
        Might as well grab this version so I have a random excuse to play again. 😛

  • Onikage725

    I'd love to see this get controller support.

  • JindoFox

    It is a lot of fun once you are a few levels in. It's also slowly paced enough to work on touchscreens. If nothing else, think of it as a demo so you can buy it on a button-having machine. The Sony version is cross-buy between PS3 and Vita.

  • Mark DeNardo

    Get. This. Game.

  • deepblueocean84

    I thought a sequel was coming out?

    • Cevan7

      It's currently in the works still.

    • jaggi

      Don't hold your breath. They're working on at least two other 3DS games now (Moon Chronicles and Treasurenauts).

  • mclifford82

    Gonna wait for it to go paid.

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  • Dailion Ando

    2 or 3 time that become free. Downloaded time ago and finished in a ipod. Funny game

  • postmodernpilot

    Fantastic game. One of my favorite platformers!