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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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NES (1987)

This is a platform "beat-'em-up" game based on the animé series Hokuto no Ken. According to the story mentioned in...

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

This is a compilation that contains the games: Professor Fizzwizzle The Amazing Brain Train! Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery...

Browser (2008)

Flam is a side-scrolling platformer featuring the titular flamingo in his quest to save his own kind. He must collect...

Flashback Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Flashback is a remake of Flashback: The Quest for Identity and follows the same main plot as the original with...

Flashback: The Quest for Identity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1993), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1995), iPhone (2009), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

The year is 2142. The player takes control of Conrad B. Hart, a man who has lost his memory. After...

The Flash Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Based on the 1990 TV show, The Flash is a side-scrolling platform/fighting game featuring the fastest man alive. The player...

The Flash SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1993)

The Flash is a side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous D.C. comics hero. The game is divided into six rounds, each...

Flicky Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1985), SG-1000 (1984), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1986) and Arcade (1984)

A female blue jay, named Flicky, must collect her chicks and lead them safely back to their nest, while they...

Flimbo's Quest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Rescuing girlfriends is a pretty common challenge in older computer games - why can't any of these ladies look after...

Flink Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Flink is a jump-'n-run game set in the fantasy world of Imagica. The evil wizard Wicked Wainwright has captured the...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

This game features Bedrock's beloved Fred Flintstone himself in an adventure of traditional platform challenges, brought to life through the...

The Flintstones: Burgertime in Bedrock Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Burgertime in Bedrock is modeled after Data East's classic Arcade title 'Burger Time'. In this version, Fred Flintstone or Barney...

The Flintstones: Dino: Lost in Bedrock DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

The Flintstones: Dino: Lost in Bedrock is a platform game based on the famous animated show. Fred Flintstone's pet dinosaur,...

The Flintstones: King Rock Treasure Island Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

In The Flintstones: King Rock Treasure Island, Fred Flintstone finds a treasure map during work. In order to find said...

The Flintstones Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

This is a platform game based on the famous Flintstones series. The game features many original Flintstones characters, such as...

The Flintstones Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

In The Flintstones you play as Fred trying to save Pebbles and Bam Bam from the antagonist Cliff Vandercave. Features...

The Flintstones ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

The Flintstones is a game based on the popular cartoon series The Flintstones by Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc.It's weekend! Fred Flintstone...

The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

The Flintstones and the Rubbles were enjoying a fine day when suddenly, someone from the future called Dr. Butler arrived...

NES (1994)

Fred and Barney are searching for their children, Pebbles and Bam-Bam who got lost. When they finally find them, a...

SNES (1994)

The Great Poobah has retired and is looking for a successor. Since there are so many candidates, it is decided...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Flip-it & Magnose, the title characters of this action game with strong puzzle elements, live on Mars. Unfortunately the planet...

Wii (2010)

Flip's Twisted World is a 3D puzzle platformer for the Wii, inspired by the "Relativity" lithograph by M. C. Escher....

Floating Islands Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Floating Islands Game is a puzzle game, similar to Lemmings. The game centers around a "brainless, green clothed guy" who...

PlayStation (1996)

In the world of Floating Runner, its populace inhabit seven floating islands, living in peace and tranquility until one day...

Flood Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Flood is a side-scrolling platformer in which the player takes control of Quiffy, a strange amphibious creature, on his quest...

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