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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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...

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...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You survived the onslaught and pillaging as a young boy from the attack by the monsters belonging to The Evil...

Deadly Moves Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Genesis (1992)

You are Joe, a young American who has been secretly training to become a powerful fighter. One day, he meets...

Dead Space: Ignition Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Dead Space: Ignition is an interactive graphic novel available for free to people who pre-ordered Dead Space 2. It can...

Windows (2010)

Dear Agent is an action game with some thinking involved. It plays similarly to a typical platform game. As an...

Windows (2000)

Dear Camy is a 2D platform game. The player controls Camy who, with the help of various bonuses and power-ups,...

The Death and Return of Superman SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

"Doomsday" is here and only Superman can stop him. Unfortunately in doing so he gets killed himself. Now four other...

DOS (1994)

Death by Dark Shadows is a platformer similar in style to the Prince of Persia series. The same basic game...

Death Dice Overdose Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

In Death Dice Overdose, the gods are gambling on your life, so they're dropping huge dice from the sky. The...

Deathland Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Deathland is an arcade game. The aim is to free the royal family imprisoned by the ruler of Deathland. Moving...

ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Death Stalker is 2D platform/adventure game. The player controls a mysterious man wearing a priest's robe and is armed with...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Death Trap is a side-scrolling platform game with light puzzle-solving elements that usually don't go further than finding levers to...

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