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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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Game Boy Advance (2002)

When Extreme Ghostbusters Roland and Garrett have been kidnapped by the half-demon, half human Count Mercharior, it's up to the...

Extreme Prejudice Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Extreme Prejudice is a side-view shooter in which the player takes the role of a Special-Ops agent recently initiated into...

Extreme Skill Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Extreme Skill is one of the many one-button always-running platformers reminiscent of Canabalt or The Impossible Game. Using only the...

Eye of Horus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1990)

As a mystical shaman, go through a pyramid in ancient Egypt to get the magical eye of horus. In a...

MSX (1985)

In this catch-them-or-they-will-catch-you platform game you control a fairy that has to catch snails, mice, spiders and aliens. The mice...

Fairy Bloom Freesia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Fairy Bloom Freesia is a 2.5D side-scrolling fighting game set in small arenas with platforms. The game starts in the...

MSX (1987), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1985)

The Fairyland Story puts the player in control of Ptolemy the witch, who must make her way through 101 single-screen...

Fairytale Fights Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Fairytale Fights is a hack-and-slash platform game where players assume the role of well-known fairytale characters, such as Little Red...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Based on the television series of the same name, The Fall Guy has the player controlling a stuntman who is...

Family Guy Video Game! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and PSP (2006)

The Griffin family from Fox's animated TV series makes its way to video gaming for the first time.In this action-adventure,...

The Fancy Pants Adventures Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Fancy Pants Adventures is the third main game in the series and the first to appear on a console,...

The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 1 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006) and Android (2011)

The character Fancy Pants is a mix of a stick figure and Fido Dido. The first world, this game, consists...

The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2 has the same gameplay as the original game, but offers many enhancements. Fancy Pants...

Fantasia Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

Fantasia takes place in the dream world of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice.Mickey must find the missing musical notes...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Four space pilots - Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm - voyage into space on what should...

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), NES (1991), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The evil wizard Zaks has cast a spell on the peaceful Yolkfolk, and while many fell under his spell, others...

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer for the Nintendo DS is an action game of 20 levels that loosely...

Windows (1997)

Another Sokoban clone. You must solve each of the 200 puzzles by pushing the objects into their home positions. You...

Windows (2002), Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (2002)

This collection is a set of four "retro games" based on fondly remembered titles from the 1980's. BOT Your mission...

Fast Eddie Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

As Fast Eddie, you must go from floor to floor, collecting prizes.Up to two prizes will be on the screen...

Windows (1997)

After the Atlantean city has risen from the deep blue sea near Miami, all scientific groups were directed there. And...

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

One night, when Roy Fat was home, thugs from the evil Thindicate corporation kidnap Roy's old lady while she watches...

Fausseté Amour  TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

A young girl named Koruku lived in her home village, enjoying a peaceful life with her sister and her friends....

Faxanadu NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Wii (2010)

Faxanadu is a 2D platformer with elements of role-playing in addition to side-scrolling action.The story is a classic one of...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Fearless Fred owns a factory comprising of 16 rooms. His job is to collect parts that are found lying on...

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