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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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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...

Windows (2009)

It begins with a simple electrical fault and leads to the total destruction of a building and a mad dash...

Eversion Windows Front Cover Steam release

Windows (2008)

Eversion was made for the TIGSource Commonplace Book competition inspired by the line sounds - possibly musical - heard in...

Eversion Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2013)

This is an updated version of the original Eversion game. Unlike the first version it is not offered for free....

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (2002)

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles is a surrealistic 3D platformer from France. The player guides the orphan boy Cyprien through a...

Exile Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Amiga CD32 (1995), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

When a terraforming team on an unexplored planet sends some disturbing messages back to Earth and then stops responding altogether,...

Exile Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1988), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1989)

After Sadler defeated the Caliph, he returned to his home village, greeted by his fellow assassins. A spy of the...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Exile: Wicked Phenomenon is a sequel to Exile, following once again the adventures of the series' protagonist, the Middle Eastern...

Exit PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Exit places you in the role of Mr. ESC, professional escape artist extraordinaire. As Mr. ESC, your job is to...

Exit 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

PSP (2006) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Mr. ESC returns in the sequel to the original Exit. Once again, the player must use a combination of platform...

Exit DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Exit DS consists of over 100 levels in which the player takes control of Mr. Esc who must rescue people...

Browser (2010)

In Exit Path, the player must run and jump through various deadly obstacles to reach the their freedom. If the...

Genesis (1992)

In the game you have to stop mutant Lord Sluggo. You and five of your comrades are not mutants as...

Exolon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This action game combines shoot 'em up and platform elements, as you control a flying man who can gain an...

Exolon DX Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Exolon DX is a remake of the classic Exolon on the ZX Spectrum.You are a cyborg named Vitorc and must...

Genesis (1995)

Based on the American animated television series of the same name that ran between 1993 and 1994, this game puts...

Experiment 12 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

In this prison, they do many experiments. Participation is voluntary but encouraged, as successful completion of an experiment will be...

Experiment 13 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Experiment 12 was a success, it seems. What's next? Experiment 13, where even more deadly hazards await the inmates trying...

Explodemon! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The peaceful planet Nibia is under attack from Vortex invasion armies. Attempts to contact the Guardian outpost of Arbor prove...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Your aim in this single screen platform game spread over 15 levels is to collect all the money that was...

Express Raider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your aim in life is to be the greatest train robber in the Wild West, a multi-stage task. Your character...

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