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.
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Game Boy Color (1999)
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Game Boy Advance (2002)
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Game Boy Color (2000)
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Game Boy Advance (2003)
Timon and Pumbaa are back for an all new adventure that takes place during the original The Lion King movie,...
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Game Boy Color (2001)
Join the Divas Alexa, Nikki, Tia and Summer in this portable collection of 6 mini games, on their way to...
Nintendo DSi (2010)
Control two characters at the same time and use two screens together to help piece a world split in half...
Dizzy and the Other Side is an adventure-platform game by Alexandru Simion, the creator of the Dizzy AGE engine which...
Nintendo DS (2007)
Donkey Kong and his extended family are taking a vacation on Sun Sun Island. All of a sudden, they spot...
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- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
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