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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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Windows (2002)

Akuji the Demon is a 2D platformer in the Metroidvania style. The protagonist is Akuji, a very powerful, pink vampire...

Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun! NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Kid Dracula is an unusual side-scroller from Konami. It's a parody of the company's popular Castlevania series. Instead of playing...

Alawishus Pixel Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Alawishus Pixel is a retro-style puzzle platform game. A nameless young man in a hoodie has wandered into a cave,...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Albedo is a planet, and on this planet a man called Dick is holding a tournament and for those who...

Alcatraz DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

A drug baron took over Alcatraz prison and now the player takes the role of an U.S. Navy Seal to...

Alchemia Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Alchemia is an action platform game. The story begins when Berediusz wakes up in a strange place. To return to...

DOS (1989)

Aldo Again is a single player clone of Donkey Kong and it is the sequel to Aldo's Adventure. The objective...

DOS (1987)

You are Aldo (who for some reason looks incredibly like Mario of Donkey Kong). Your mission is to successfully reach...

Alexey's Dwice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Alexey's Dwice is the brainchild of Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. Its premise is simple: you're presented with a...

Alex Gordon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Alex Gordon is a cat who wears a hat and wrangler-like clothes. While exploring a tropical island he and his...

Alex Kidd: High-Tech World SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

A new arcade has hit town, and Alex and his friends decide to check it out. Sadly, they have no...

Alex Kidd in Miracle World SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Many centuries ago, on the planet Aries, there lived a boy called Alex Kidd. For seven years, he lived on...

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990) and Wii (2009)

Alex Kidd continues his adventures in Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, featuring remixes of the music you heard from Shinobi,...

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1989) and Wii (2007)

Alex Kidd, resident of planet Aries, is the king's brother. One day he comes across a rumor that his long...

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1986)

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars has similar gameplay like in the other Alex Kidd games, but this one's easier and...

Linux (2004), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Alex the Allegator 4 is a classic-style side scrolling jump'n'run complete with boss fights. The player has to help Alex...

ALF SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

Help ALF try to get to Mars to see his friends Skip and Rhonda! ALF's latest adventure takes him out...

Alfred Chicken Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1994), Amiga (1993), NES (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Alfred the chicken must rescue his friends and his bird (pardon the pun) Floella from the Meka Chickens. The result...

Alfred Chicken PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Oh no! Alfred's girlfriend Floella has been chicknapped by the malevolent MekaChicken! Navigate Alfred through worlds of cheese, playing cards,...

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

When Earthlings decided to stop wars and explore the outer space, another menace threaten them. The Aliants species, who came...

Windows (2010) and Wii (2010)

Alice in Wonderland is a licensed game based on the 2010 movie of the same name. The story takes place...

Alice in Wonderland: An Adventure Beyond the Mirror iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and Zeebo (2010)

Alice in Wonderland: An Adventure Beyond the Mirror is a tie-in for the 2010 Tim Burton's movie Alice in Wonderland....

Alice: Madness Returns Windows Front Cover

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

The events of Alice: Madness Returns begin where the previous game America McGee's Alice left off: desperately struggling with her...

Commodore 64 (1990)

30 Billion colonists live on the planet Hegira. The planet's major source of energy, the EFU (Energy Fusion Unit) is...

Alien³ Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Alien³ is a video game based on the movie of the same name. The plot of the movie picks up...

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