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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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Atari 8-bit (1993)

Fluid-Kha is a platform game. The player was shifted in time to the ancient Egypt. Crossing through the pyramid of...

Browser (2005)

Fly Girrl is a 2D side-scrolling platform game where a girl in a club needs to jump on dorks to...

BREW (2005), J2ME (2004), ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Flynn is a small dwarf protecting the world of dreams from evil creatures sent by a new pirate-tyrannic beast coming...

Windows (2004)

Flyonoid is a 2D platform game where hordes of alien scum attacked the little green planet. These monstrous creatures harassed...

Windows (2002)

The game centers on a mining dragon, spelunking his way through a magical land. The caves he travels are full...

Focus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2011)

Focus is a fast-paced action platformer set in different non-scrolling rooms. Players control a small, white creature that is only...

Follow Funshine Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In this game you play as Funshine Bear, trying to gather his friends. Funshine will automatically walk forward all the...

Forbidden Forest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

This game is one of Paul Norman's first creations. You are in the middle of what is called the Forbidden...

J2ME (2004)

Forgotten Warrior is an action game which came pre-installed on certain models of Samsung mobile phones. The premise of the...

Forgotten Worlds Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a...

Commodore 64 (1991)

The second version of F.1 Manager is an improved installment with two languages support (English/Italian), additional graphics and features, but...

Amiga (1996)

You can try your hand at managing a Formula 1 team of your choice in this simulation. First of all...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the international game TV show of the same name which first became popular in France in the early...

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is based on the animated series of the same name on Cartoon Network, created by...

Fotonica Browser Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), Browser (2011) and Ouya (2013)

Fotonica is a first-person running game, similar to Canabalt. With only one button, the player has to run and jump...

The Fourth Wall Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Fourth Wall is a puzzle platformer starring a young apprentice that becomes a wizard during his journey. Next to...

Fox Hits CD N°2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This compilation includes: Prehistorik 2 The Blues Brothers

Fox Hits CD N°3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This compilation includes: Prehistorik Super Cauldron

NES (1991)

Captain Hook and his army of brute pirates would like nothing better than to overtake Neverland with their corruptive ways....

Windows (2003)

Foxy Jumper is a game for one or two players. In Game with one player, the player have to jump...

Windows (2004)

Foxy Jumper 2 is the second game in the series and has the same objective as the first game Foxy...

Windows (2004)

Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures is a Christmas themed version of the 2D platform game Foxy Jumper 2. The basic...

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Fractured Soul is an action/puzzle platform game that is played across both screens of the Nintendo 3DS at the same...

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

You play the part of Trogg the caveman. Climb the ladders and jump across platforms to collect gems for points...

DOS (1995)

You have been Framed and thrown into a foreign jail. Your quest is to escape the jail and then prove...

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