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Platform

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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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Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is based on an animated movie and television series of the same name. Buzz...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Boo has returned to Monstropolis and it is your job as Sulley to get her back home. However, to make...

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Monsters, Inc. on the PlayStation 2 is a 3D platformer based on the Pixar film.Players control James P. "Sulley" Sullivan...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Monsters, Inc. on the Game Boy Color retells the story of the Pixar film as a side-scrolling platform game. Players...

Game Boy Color (1999)

The Game Boy Color version of Toy Story 2 is a 2D platformer starring Buzz Lightyear. The plot follows the...

Disney•Pixar Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2011), Macintosh (2000), PlayStation 3 (2011), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Woody has been stolen from the bedroom, ready to be sold to the highest bidder by an evil toy collector....

Disney•Pixar Toy Story 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

With Andy going to college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys have ended up in a daycare called...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Disney Princess: Magical Jewels allows players to follow Spryte, the brave and loyal guardian of the Golden Castle in the...

Disney's 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

You are Patch, one of the famous 101 Dalmatians, and your family has accidentally abandoned you in London during a...

Disney's 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

102 Dalmatians is a 3D action adventure where you become a courageous Dalmatian puppy who must rescue your family and...

Disney's 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Cruella De Vil has captured more Dalmatian puppies to make into a coat. You, as Domino or Oddball, must free...

Disney's Aladdin DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1996), Game Boy (1995), Game Boy Color (2000), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994) and NES (1994)

The game from Virgin based on the 1992 animated Disney film is a side-scrolling platformer.The player controls Aladdin, who must...

Disney's Aladdin SNES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and SNES (1993)

Disney's Aladdin is based on the 1992 Disney animated film. For the GBA and the SNES editions development was handled...

Disney's Aladdin Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Sega's 8-bit systems received a unique adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film Aladdin.Like other versions, it is a side-scrolling action...

Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long - Attack of the Dark Dragon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long is based on the Disney Channel show. Players control Jake. His enemy Dark Dragon has...

Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long - Rise of the Huntsclan! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Jake Long is an average Asian boy from New York, with a secret: he is the American Dragon, and can...

Windows (1999)

Disney's Arcade Frenzy is a collection of four arcade mini-games :Mu-Shoot : help Mushu to defend his village against Huns...

Disney's Ariel the Little Mermaid Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Help either Ariel, the gleeful little mermaid, or Triton, her father, foil the evil Ursula, who has transformed everyone into...

Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a platform action game. It features different levels, cutscenes, and gameplay additions compared to...

Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

The Lost Empire is a 3D action game with puzzle-solving elements, based on Disney's film of the same name. The...

Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

The Lost Empire is a side-view action game with platforming elements. Embark on an epic journey to find the fabled...

Disney's Beauty and the Beast SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Disney's Beauty and the Beast begins with a narrative that parallels the 1991 animated film-- an enchantress transforms a mean...

Disney's Beauty and the Beast NES Front Cover

NES (1994)

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a typical side-scrolling platform game based on the Disney movie of the same name....

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure is a game for the Game Boy Color. There are two...

Genesis (1993)

Play as Belle from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and (loosely) follow the animated film's story. Jump and duck to...

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