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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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...

Browser (2007)

A nervous old man named Kevin lives in the haunted castle of Death Village. As the local real estate agent,...

de Blob Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

The evil I.N.K.T. Corporation has invaded Chroma City, using their machines to suck the color out of the environment and...

de Blob 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

de Blob 2's story starts off with the central location, Prisma City, and its upcoming general election following the events...

D├ębut Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them...

DEcapAttack Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Genesis (1991)

In this game you play as Chuck D. Head, the product of a mad, but benevolent, scientist. Chuck looks a...

The Deep Cave Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young boy named Pi has stumbled across a cave. An eerie light from somewhere below calls him downward, and...

Deep Core Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

An underwater nuclear research base has been invaded by a hostile craft. Captain Dawnrazer is sent in to wipe up...

Deep Duck Trouble starring Donald Duck Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Donald meets Hewey, Dewey and Louie, back from their latest adventure with Uncle Scrooge. But Uncle Scrooge has been cursed...

Defenders of the Earth Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and SAM Coupé (1990)

The Defenders of the Earth consist of veteran comic-book heroes Flash Gordon, Lothar, the Phantom and Mandrake. Ming the Merciless...

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

A platform-puzzle game set in space. Besides the ability to jump, and a jet pack you can use in short...

Deimos Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Deimos is a platform game similar to the Montezuma's Revenge. The player assumes the role of a treasure hunter. The...

Deletion iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Deletion is a platform game. Levels develop horizontally and vertically. Lava and other objects, all in red, are deadly to...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A Princess has been kidnapped and it is up to a pair of robots called Jim and Bob to go...

Deliverance: Stormlord II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Macintosh (1993)

As in Stormlord, you must rescue as many fairies as possible, on this occasion by catching them out of the...

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