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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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Electronic Super Joy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Electronic Super Joy is a fast-paced side-scrolling platform game. The player controls a character (Captain Lewis) who must navigate worlds...

Electronic Super Joy: Bonus Content Pack! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Electronic Super Joy: Bonus Content Pack! is a DLC for Electronic Super Joy. It includes: Several new bonus stages for...

Amiga (1994)

If Pipe Mania were a platform game, this is what it would be. You have to direct an electric current...

Browser (2011)

The weather was fine, and everyone decided it was a great day to be outside. Elephant dressed up in his...

DOS (1986)

The gameplay of Elevator is similar to that of Spy's Demise. The goal is to reach the top of the...

Elevator Action Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 2600 (2001), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2014), SG-1000 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1983)

You are Agent 17 (codename: "Otto"). Your mission is to secure all top secret documents from a security building and...

Elevator Action Deluxe PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Elevator Action Deluxe is a remake of the original Elevator Action. The concept is identical to the original game. The...

Elevator Action II SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1995)

Elevator Action Returns is Taito's sequel to their 1983 game. At the start of the game, you choose one of...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A re-release of the original Elevator Action (the "old") with an additional arranged version created specifically for the GBA (the...

Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1984)

Elevator Fight is an original arcade platform game in a style similar, but not identical, to Elevator Action.Arin, your space...

Elf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Cornelius the Elf was living peacefully in a forest with his sweetheart Elisa. However, an evil creature known as Necrilous...

DOS (1992) and Windows (2008)

In the two volumes of Elfland you play as an Elf fighting off the evil trolls that have invaded your...

Commodore 64 (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Winter has gone and Spring is upon us. To celebrate, the Faerie Queen of Elidon is to be crowned by...

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The story of El Shaddai takes place in a fantastical interpretation of biblical themes, taking primary inspiration from the apocryphal...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

The Black Witch has been caught and burnt until there was nothing left along with her possessions. An Elf creeps...

El Viento Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

In 1930s New York, a dark cult plans the resurrection of their master, the Dark Prince Hastur, in order to...

Elvira: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

A platform game starring the well-known Mistress of the dark popularized by Horror Soft's RPGs, Elvira: The Arcade Game consists...

Emberwind Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Emberwind is a fantasy retro platformer inspired by the 8-bit era of games. It is set in the land of...

Macintosh (2005) and Browser (2005)

This Italian game has an unusual theme -- advocating for stem-cell research against the concerns of the religious establishment. The...

ZX81 (1986)

Em Busca dos Tesouros (commonly referred to as Treasure Hunter in English) is a platformer similar to Pitfall!. Like in...

Empires at War iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

"Destroy the enemy base!" - that's all the instructions the player needs in Empire At War to understand what its...

Enchanted Land Amiga 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...

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