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Platform

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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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Enchanted Land Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Enchanted Land is set in the peaceful land of Damiran. But as it is in video games, an evil wizard...

Enchanted: Once Upon Andalasia Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007)

Enchanted: Once Upon Andalasia is based on the movie Enchanted and begins with Giselle telling a bedtime story to young...

Browser (2010)

A young dwarf is set on a journey by his late father's bequest, to set past wrongs right. Merely a...

Endless Forms Most Beautiful Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012) and Ouya (2013)

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

Commodore 64 (1987)

In The Enforcer, you play a robot that has to explore and collect parcels over various levels in the Durge...

Entity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

Entity is a side-scrolling platform game in which you control a female (in her bare essentials) trying to save a...

Windows (2002)

Entrance Gate is freeware a 2D platform game set in the future. The Earth has been ravaged by the effects...

DOS (1995)

Eol-ui Moheom is a Korean-made colorful platformer starring the titular character Eol, a cute yellow anthropomorphic animal who must defeat...

The Equalizer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Equalizer is a side scrolling single player platform game.The player controls a small baby-like character who can move left...

Equinox SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Equinox is the sequel to Solstice. It is presented in a 3D isometric view with colourful graphics. The game is...

DOS (1996)

Eracha is a platform game in which you play a caveman. You go around killing ghosts and other creatures to...

Eryi's Action Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Once there lived a fairy named Eryi who just loved to eat melons. One day she planned to chow down...

DOS (1994)

Escape from Markana is a single-player "escape the maze"-type game. The player takes the role of a hero who has...

Windows (2001)

Deep underground, an evil turkey called Kuku De-Mon plotted revenge on the entire chicken kingdom, based on a myth that...

Windows (2010)

Escape from the Underworld is a platformer with a large focus on exploration. It was made for the Indie Kombat...

Escape Goat Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2013) and Browser (2012)

Escape Goat is a puzzle platformer where a goat needs to reach the exit in different rooms that each consists...

Escape Plan PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Escape Plan is a black-and-white side-scrolling platformer based entirely around solving puzzles. In the game, the player controls the flimsy...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Eskimo Eddie is an arcade adventure set in the Ice Age. The game is split into two levels. The first...

Estamos Pensando Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Estamos Pensando, Portuguese for We Are Thinking, is a game by the Brazilian author Daniel Martins Novais that he submitted...

ESWAT: City under Siege Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990) and Wii (2007)

The city is besieged by wanted criminals, and as a police officer it is your duty to stop them. The...

Etch A Sketch Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Etch A Sketch is a platform game based on the classic drawing toy. The player must help Knobby, one of...

J2ME (2005)

E.T.Confrontation is an action game where you play as Dozer who works for a secret military force where scientist encode...

Windows (2002)

Eternal Daughter is an anime-themed freeware platformer. The player is cast as Mia, a young girl born into slavery under...

Eternity's Child Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Eternity's Child is a side-scrolling platformer directed by the artist Luc Bernard, set in a fantasy universe. It takes place...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Re-live the best moments of the classic movie, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in this GBA title. Search for the parts to...

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