DescriptionPlatform 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.
Dragon 32/64 (1984)
Desperado Dan must escape to freedom, being trapped in a set of green-screen platform levels. Each screen is guarded not...
This game is based on the movie by Robert Rodriguez. The player slips into the role of El Mariachi, who...
Detective Bogey is a platformer based on the eponymous Spanish animated series. The player takes control over private detective Bogey...
SEGA CD (1993)
The game's story is based on a mini-anime series, with extracts from the anime being used for cutscenes between the...
Commodore 64 (1987)
100,000 years ago, the planet Krauze belonged to a race called Deviants and they had conquered the surrounding planets but...
As a devil named Little Giovanni you have to beat about 40 levels. In each level there are three hidden...
Devil's Tuning Fork is a student project from the DePaul University in Chicago (USA) and it is a first-person exploration...
Game Boy Color (2000)
Your laboratory has been filled up with evil robots. It's up to you, as Dexter, to make your way through...
This game re-implements (for most modern web browsers) the first 10 levels of the classic arena-puzzler Lemmings, where a player...
Game Boy (1991)
Dick Tracy is based on the 1990 film of the same name. It bears a strong resemblance to the NES...
You play as square-jawed detective Dick Tracy as he tries to solve five different crimes that vary in difficulty. This...
Die Kiestelsteiner is a platform game with altogether ten levels. Controlling a gravelstone figure, the player has to reach the...
Die Legende von Kongo King is a traditional side-scrolling platformer with comic book style graphics. The player takes the role...
Diet Go Go is 2D platform game "on single screen", similar to Nightmare in the Dark or Jumping Pop. Players...
Dig It! is a platform game. In it, you take the role of Dug Kewl, who returns home one day...
This game, part of the Desktop Toys series, features characters from Scott Adams' popular Dilbert comic strip engaged in a...
In this unofficial sequel to the arcade game BurgerTime, the Rotten Foods (Hot Dogs, Cherries, Bananas, and their leader Mugsy,...
Timmy and his friend, Jaime go into Timmy's father's lab to watch a movie on the big screen. Little do...
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- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 93 Super Metroid
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