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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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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...

Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Feeding Frenzy is back with 60 more levels, new powerups, new fish and a new above water area. Start out...

Feel the Magic XY/XX Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

A game in which you "The Hero" must succeed in attracting the girl of your dreams by performing insane stunts.The...

Felix in the Factory Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), BBC Micro (1982), Electron (1983) and Memotech MTX (1984)

Players control Felix, a factory worker who must ensure that his generator does not run out of oil. The oil...

Felix the Cat Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1992)

Felix The Cat is a platformer based on the famous cartoon character.The Professor has kidnapped Kitty, Felix girlfriend, trying to...

Genesis (1996) and SEGA Master System (1996)

While Pica-Pau (Woody Woodpecker in English) and his friends were having a vacation, Zeca Urubu (Buzz Buzzard) kidnapped Woody's pals...

FEZ Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Gomez was a two-dimensional creature, living happily in his two-dimensional village in a two-dimensional world, until one day he is...

DOS (1991) and Windows 3.x (1996)

F.Godmom is a platform game, featuring a fairy godmother as the protagonist. All the fairy godmothers have been captured, and...

The Fidgetts Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The Fidgetts is a side-scrolling platform puzzle game in a similar vein as The Lost Vikings. The player can switch...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Feed Sluster is a fiend hunter: a man who takes job that involves elimination of mysterious beings known as fiends....

Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O' Fun DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In this game, you try to save your circus from Fiendish Freddy buying it out by preforming 6 circus acts...

Fightbox Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Re-live the FightBox BBC TV experience. Design and build your own virtual athlete to take part in a series events...

Final Fight Guy SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Final Fight Guy is a side-scrolling fighting game nearly identical to the SNES port of Final Fight with one major...

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