User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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...

Final Ninja Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Final Ninja is a platformer, in which the player take control of Takeshi, the final ninja. Ten years ago, Takeshi...

Finders Keepers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The King of Isbisima has entrusted you, Magic Knight, with the task of getting a present for his daughter. He...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

Finest Hour is a run and gun shooter in which the player controls a person in an assault mech. The...

Fire and Brimstone Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Norse Kingdom is threatened by the Iniquitous Hel, goddess of Niflheim and purveyor of evil. Thor, the great god...

Fire Ant Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

You control an ant that must rescue the queen ant taken hostage by a group of scorpions. She is being...

Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), MSX (1989) and PC-88 (1989)

Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact is the sequel to Thexder. The Fire Hawk robot has the same main...

Fire & Ice DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), SEGA Master System (1995), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1995)

The background story of Fire & Ice is quick to tell: A coyote (you) runs, throwing ice cubes, through various...

Fire 'n Ice NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

The peaceful island Coolmint is attacked by flame monsters sent by the evil wizard Druidle. The queen of the winter...

Fire Power Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Fire Power is a side-scrolling platform shooter. The player directs the character of commando soldier John Wesson-Smith. Commando is the...

Commodore 64 (1984)

After his quest for food in the game Ugh!, you once again take the role of Ugh the Caveman as...

Fire Rescue MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984)

In this platform game you control a mouse who is a fire fighter and that has to rescue mice out...

Firo & Klawd Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

In the depths of New York City live two animal cop characters living out their own dreams (Firo, an orange...

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