DescriptionPlatform 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.
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...
Easter Avenger is a 2D platfomer with a living egg as a the hero. The evil easter bunny has killed...
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...
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...
Edgar is a furry little creature with a distinct curiosity that tends to get him into trouble. This time he...
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), Wii U (2013) and MeeGo (2011)
In Edge the player controls a cube in a geometric landscape consisting of platforms and moving shapes viewed from an...
Edmund is a short game created for the TIGSource Adult/Edutainment competition, which it eventually won, and it focuses on the...
Platform game based on the cartoon series Eek the Cat. Eek must help his friends through 6 huge levels of...
Xbox 360 (2007)
In Eets: Chowdown, you guide the titular creature Eets through more than 100 levels to collect puzzle pieces with gameplay...
ZX Spectrum (2012)
Imps exist. Just beyond our limited perceptions and in numerous variety. Imps are responsible for your keys going missing or...
Eggbert in Eggciting Adventure is a platform puzzle game where you have to collect all eggs in a stage and...
The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. You play Lolo, a blue ball-like character with eyes, arms, and legs....
In Eggs of Steel, the player takes control of Charlie the Egg, a night watchman at the MOM Steel Factory....
When adventurer was lost and trapped in the mysterious Egyptian Palace, he has met the spherical Blue Jewel, which represents...
You have to ride a motorbike and complete the various stages. You can get to the next level only by...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario Bros.
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman Legends
- 94 Earthworm Jim: Special Edition
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- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2005)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
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- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2010)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 3.60 Aero the Acro-Bat 2 (2010)
- 4.36 Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun! (2006)
- 3.67 Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (2009)
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