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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Darksiders Windows Front Cover

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

Darksiders has players take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who has been...

Darksiders (Hellbook Edition) Windows Front Cover Box

Windows (2010)

This special edition is exclusive to pre-orders and it contains: Darksiders Artbook Comic Book Four art cards Original Soundtrack (included...

Darksiders II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II is an action-adventure game and the sequel to Darksiders. It takes place parallel to the first game where...

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II (Angel of Death Edition) is a special edition exclusive to pre-orders through specific retailers. It contains: Darksiders II...

Darksiders II: Argul's Tomb Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Argul's Tomb is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) for Darksiders II and requires the original game to play. This DLC...

Darksiders II (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This pre-order only collector's edition contains: Darksiders II (Limited Edition) Darksiders II: Argul's Tomb (DLC) Darksiders II: Shadow of Death...

Darksiders II: Demon Lord Belial Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Demon Lord Belial is a commercial downloadable content (DLC) for Darksiders II and requires the original game to play. This...

Darksiders II (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This limited edition was exclusive to pre-orders and could also be obtained through Darksiders II (Collector's Edition) and Darksiders II...

Dark Tower Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Prince Harry has been turned into a mutant by the guardian of the Dark Tower, and must get all of...

Arcade (1992)

Dark Tower is a 2D arcade platform game - a clone of Snow Bros. The player controls a brown guy...

Dark Void Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), iPhone (2010) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

Originally conceived as an April Fool's parody, Dark Void Zero is a spin off of Airtight Games' original Dark Void....

Windows (2003)

Dark Wars is a 2D side-scrolling shooter where the player controls a soldier who has to defeat a dark army....

Darwin the Monkey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Poor Darwin. The evil jungle frogs have stolen all his bananas. Darwin must get knee-deep in action and get his...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Das Geheimnis der Happy Hippo Insel ("The Secret of Happy Hippo Island") is based on the Happy Hippo toy figures...

Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

You are Dash Galaxy, a fearless space explorer. You have just landed on a strange, alien planet thousands of light...

Genesis (1993)

Two cowboys try to win a girl's heart by racing each other in side-scrolling run-and-jump obstacle courses. The first to...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004), OS/2 (2006) and BeOS (2001)

Dave Gnukem is a free 2D platformer inspired by the first Duke Nukem. The main hero is Dave Gnukem who...

DOS (1993)

Dave Goes Nutz is the fourth installation of the Dangerous Dave series. Dave has to rescue his little brother Delbert...

Commodore 64 (1996)

In this game, players controls Dave Speed who has decided to explore a strange land he was raised in. Creatures...

David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia NES Front Cover

NES (1989) and Wii (2009)

In this unique Platform/Puzzle game you take control of a boy who has to help a blob getting to his...

DOS (1984)

David's Kong is a Donkey Kong clone. The game consists of two parts, both played in the same level layout.First,...

Daxter PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Daxter stars for the first time on his own in this action-platformer that reveals how he became a hero and...

Amiga (1991)

Daylight Robbery is single screen platform game. The player controls a anthropomorphic animal thief, who wants rob all crystals. He...

Daze Before Christmas Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Christmas is a time where people get together and give others presents and spend all day eating food. But there's...

Deadlight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Deadlight is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror platformer set in Seattle in the eighties. The story starts when the protagonist...

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