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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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Earthworm Jim HD Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Earthworm Jim HD is a remake of the original Earthworm Jim, a run-and-gun platform starring an earthworm called Jim. It...

Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Earthworm Jim is up against 12 levels of bad guys as he explores his bedroom. It's far from the adventures...

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), SEGA CD (1995), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010) and webOS (2010)

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is an enhanced version of the original Earthworm Jim for the SEGA CD and also ported...

Windows (2006)

Easter Avenger is a 2D platfomer with a living egg as a the hero. The evil easter bunny has killed...

Eat This Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1998)

Eat This is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player controls a bald trucker named Leon. He has to...

Dragon 32/64 (1985)

Eddie Steady Go! is a sequel to Back Track. After having escaped the labyrinths of Back Track, Eddie once again...

Edd the Duck! Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

On childrens TV in the early 90s, Edd the Duck and Wilson the arm were the familiar puppets helping with...

DOS (1995)

Eddy & Co is a commercial game which advertises Eismann, a German distributor for deep-frozen food. The game stars the...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In this game, the player plays a thief who must grab all eight valuable objects from the "Mograth Stadtmuseum" within...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Ed, Edd and Eddy love jawbreakers, and when the local candy store announces a chance to win a jawbreaker that...

Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Ed, Edd and Eddy are three stupid friends obsessed with one thing and one thing only: jawbreakers! Eddy is the...

Edgar: Cave of Secrets J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Edgar is a furry little creature with a distinct curiosity that tends to get him into trouble. This time he...

Edge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011), PSP (2010), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2013)

In Edge the player controls a cube in a geometric landscape consisting of platforms and moving shapes viewed from an...

Edge Extended Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and GameStick (2013)

Edge Extended is a sequel to the original Edge. The game plays mostly the same as the original. The player...

Edmund Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Edmund is a short game created for the TIGSource Adult/Edutainment competition, which it eventually won, and it focuses on the...

Eek! the Cat SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Platform game based on the cartoon series Eek the Cat. Eek must help his friends through 6 huge levels of...

Eets: Chowdown Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

In Eets: Chowdown, you guide the titular creature Eets through more than 100 levels to collect puzzle pieces with gameplay...

Eets: Hunger. It's emotional. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

In this game you have to guide Eets through each level, helping him circumvent all the various obstacles and enemies...

Eets Munchies Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and iPad (2014)

Eets Munchies is the third game in the Eets series of puzzle games and is described as a re-imagining of...

ZX Spectrum (2012)

Imps exist. Just beyond our limited perceptions and in numerous variety. Imps are responsible for your keys going missing or...

MSX (1994)

Eggbert in Eggciting Adventure is a platform puzzle game where you have to collect all eggs in a stage and...

Eggerland Mystery MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. You play Lolo, a blue ball-like character with eyes, arms, and legs....

Egg Mania PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Egg Mania is a puzzle game in which the player controls an egg shaped character against either a computer opponent...

Eggs of Steel PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Eggs of Steel, the player takes control of Charlie the Egg, a night watchman at the MOM Steel Factory....

Egypt NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

When adventurer was lost and trapped in the mysterious Egyptian Palace, he has met the spherical Blue Jewel, which represents...

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