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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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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...

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...

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