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Platform

Description

Platform games (platformers) are action games in which the playfield is set up as a series of planes (floors, levels, or platforms) for the player to navigate.

Platform games often involve combat, but include additional challenges by making navigation hazardous. Often the challenges of overcoming environmental dangers surpass those posed by combat. The player character is usually required to jump over gaps and damaging areas, or to access a different platform. In many platform games the player character is very vulnerable and can die easily from falling damage, environmental traps, or enemy attacks.

Early platform games (e.g. Donkey Kong) were confined to one screen and required the player character to climb in order to reach higher platforms. Later platformers, popularized by Super Mario Bros., began to focus on traversing side-scrolling levels, often within an allotted time limit, fending off upcoming enemies and jumping. This style, commonly referred to as jump-and-run, has preserved itself in many later platformers as well.

Other platform games, such as Prince of Persia, emphasize exploration, combat, and problem-solving in addition to the usual platform challenges. Such games have become known as cinematic platformers. This style has had a considerable influence on many 3D platformers (e.g. later Prince of Persia games, ICO, etc.), which incorporate extensive puzzle-solving.
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Atari 2600 (1982)

Adventures of TRON is based on the motion picture TRON from Walt Disney Productions.The game environment consists of 4 floors,...

Adventures of Yogi Bear Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

When Yogi Bear catches wind of a plan to turn Jellystone Park into a Chemical plant he sets out on...

Aero the Acro-Bat Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993) and Wii (2010)

You play as bat Aero, who have to stop the mad scientist Edgar Ektor, who is trying to rid the...

Aero the Acro-Bat 2 Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and Wii (2010)

In the sequel to Aero the Acro-Bat you have to defeat evil industrialist Edgar Ektor once again. He is back...

A Fading Melody Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Fading Melody is a 2D platformer that puts the player in the black and white mind of a female...

A Fi$tful of Buck$ Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

A bounty hunter must explore the desert looking for buildings – which include a bank, a cemetery, a saloon, an...

A Flipping Good Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A Flipping Good Time is a fast 2D platform game based around gravity similar to VVVVVV, but the character does...

Afterlife Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Afterlife is a platform action game in which the protagonist Rickard Bronson enters the shadowy dimension known as the Afterlife...

Afterlife 2: Rickard's Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Afterlife 2: Rickard's Journey is a narrative platformer, in which protagonist Rickard Bronson returns to the Thirteen Realms of Hell...

A Game you can't BEAT!! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A Game you can't BEAT!! is a 2D side scrolling platforming game that tasks the player with moving a ball...

A Game yOu can't BEAT! 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A Game yOu can't BEAT! 2 is a sequel to the XBLA Indie game A Game you can't BEAT!!. As...

Agent Hugo PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Hugo, the TV troll from the Danish television series, is on his way to start his first day at the...

Agent Hugo: RoboRumble PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Agent Hugo: RoboRumble is a fast paced racing game with platform elements.The city of Aquapolis has been invaded by a...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Agent UOP is an arcade platform game. The player assumes the role of a special agent. His task is to...

Agent X II: The Mad Prof's Back! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

With Agent X having been a success in both critical and commercial terms, a sequel was inevitable. The Mad Professor's...

Atari 8-bit (2007)

Agonia is an action platform game. The aim of the player is to find secret plans hidden in the locked...

NES (1986) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The Legend of Balubalouk tells of the Great Darkness that once plagued the Earth. Gods, guardians of the Earth, combined...

Windows (2005)

Ainevoltas is a small freeware 2D platformer with some very minor RPG elements. Players control Justin as he needs to...

Ainevoltas II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ainevoltas II is a 2D platformer with minor RPG elements. It is the sequel to the earlier game Ainevoltas, but...

Air Fortress NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The Federation of Intergalactic Powers is under threat by gigantic fortress spaceships which have suddenly appeared and destroyed nearby civilization....

Airlock Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

The player is trapped in a crashed nuclear submarine which has begun taking on water. They need to escape by...

DOS (1992)

A-J's Quest is a side-scrolling platformer, based on an early '90s comic strip by the game's author. The game involves...

A Jumper Robot Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A Jumper Robot Adventure is a basic side-scrolling platform game starring a small robot, which plays much like the classic...

Akimbo: Kung-Fu Hero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

An homage to a bygone era of computer gaming, Akimbo: Kung-Fu Hero is a 2D side-scrolling platform game. Akimbo takes...

Akimbo Paddles! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Akimbo Paddles! is a dual wield paddle game in which the player must either keep a series of balls afloat...

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