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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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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...

Browser (2012)

Escape from Melakka is a fast-paced retro-style 2D side-scrolling platformer set in dungeons, crypts and castles. The player controls a...

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 Goat 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

In Escape Goat 2, the successor to the browser game Escape Goat, you will find yourself in another dungeon, and...

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...

Eternal Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1995)

Eternal is a science fiction side-scrolling platform game on time. Controlling a small robot the player must reach the exit...

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...

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