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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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Dilbert's Desktop Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This game, part of the Desktop Toys series, features characters from Scott Adams' popular Dilbert comic strip engaged in a...

Intellivision (1987)

In this unofficial sequel to the arcade game BurgerTime, the Rotten Foods (Hot Dogs, Cherries, Bananas, and their leader Mugsy,...

SNES (1992)

Timmy and his friend, Jaime go into Timmy's father's lab to watch a movie on the big screen. Little do...

Dino Dash Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Dino Dash is an autorunner multiplayer game for smart phones. The goal is to be the first among six contesters...

Dino Eggs Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983) and Apple II (1983)

While on an expedition through time to the prehistoric past, Time Master Tim accidentally brings a case of European Measles...

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Dino Run SE is an updated, downloadable version of the original browser-based game Dino Run.In this 8-bit-styled, 2D platformer, you...

Windows (2004)

Dinos and Bubbles is a child-targeted platform game, a low-budget variant of Bubble Bobble, with almost identical rules.The player (or...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dinotopia - The Timestone Pirates is 2D platform game in "Dinotopia" (portmanteau of "dinosaur" and "utopia") universe (humans and sentient...

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Set after the events of Final Fantasy VII and the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, Dirge of Cerberus lets...

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam is a platformer taking place in an alternate steam punk universe, in 1897....

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

A nasty old wizard has kidnapped your girl and is holding her in the grounds of his castle and in...

Amiga (1994)

Discer is a science fiction platform game. On the way to the planet Xarrhox the space shuttle has been damaged....

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1984)

Disco Dan may sound like a progenitor of Dance Dance Revolution but is far from it. As the game starts...

Discs of TRON Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and Arcade (1983)

Discs of TRON is the second of two TRON XBLA arcade games released by Midway and based off the 1982...

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D scrolling brawler exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade. It was created by independent developer...

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a bloody, side-scrolling brawler and the sequel to The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai. Fighting is based...

Disney Adventures in the Magic Kingdom NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

It's time for the Mickey Mouse parade down Main Street of Disneyland, but before things can start, the six silver...

Disney Epic Mickey Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Take control of Mickey Mouse as he travels back through the looking glass to right the wrongs of the past....

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Wii U Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2012) and Wii U (2012)

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is the sequel to Disney Epic Mickey. Just like the first game...

Disney Epic Mickey (Collector's Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

This is a collector's edition version of Disney Epic Mickey. In addition to the basic game, the collector's edition includes:...

Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Based on the second and third movies of the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, players step into the roles...

Disney•Pixar A Bug's Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1998), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Based on the Disney/Pixar 3D animated film, you must guide Flik as he sets out to find a group of...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Based on the Disney/Pixar 3D animated film, you must guide Flik as he sets out to find a group of...

Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000) and PS Vita (2012)

Buzz Lightyear is based on an animated movie and television series of the same name. Buzz Lightyear is an elite...

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...

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