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.
Commodore 64 (1987)
Escape from Paradise is a platformer where the screen scrolls when you move the hero Joe, who has decided to...
Deep underground, an evil turkey called Kuku De-Mon plotted revenge on the entire chicken kingdom, based on a myth that...
Escape from the Underworld is a platformer with a large focus on exploration. It was made for the Indie Kombat...
Estamos Pensando, Portuguese for We Are Thinking, is a game by the Brazilian author Daniel Martins Novais that he submitted...
E.T.Confrontation is an action game where you play as Dozer who works for a secret military force where scientist encode...
Commodore 64 (1995)
Eternal is a science fiction side-scrolling platform game on time. Controlling a small robot the player must reach the exit...
Eternal Daughter is an anime-themed freeware platformer. The player is cast as Mia, a young girl born into slavery under...
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...
It begins with a simple electrical fault and leads to the total destruction of a building and a mad dash...
Eversion was made for the TIGSource Commonplace Book competition inspired by the line sounds - possibly musical - heard in...
TurboGrafx CD (1992)
Exile: Wicked Phenomenon is a sequel to Exile, following once again the adventures of the series' protagonist, the Middle Eastern...
Nintendo DS (2008)
Exit DS consists of over 100 levels in which the player takes control of Mr. Esc who must rescue people...
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 All-Stars
- 94 Rayman Legends
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 93 Super Metroid
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Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2005)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2010)
- 3.60 Aero the Acro-Bat 2 (2010)
- 4.36 Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun! (2006)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
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