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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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Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Ed, Edd and Eddy are three stupid friends obsessed with one thing and one thing only: jawbreakers! Eddy is the...

Edgar: Cave of Secrets J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Edgar is a furry little creature with a distinct curiosity that tends to get him into trouble. This time he...

Edge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011), PSP (2010), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013), MeeGo (2011) and tvOS (2015)

In Edge the player controls a cube in a geometric landscape consisting of platforms and moving shapes viewed from an...

Edge Extended iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011), GameStick (2013) and tvOS (2015)

Edge Extended is a sequel to the original Edge. The game plays mostly the same as the original. The player...

Edmund Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Edmund is a short game created for the TIGSource Adult/Edutainment competition, which it eventually won, and it focuses on the...

Eek! the Cat SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Platform game based on the cartoon series Eek the Cat. Eek must help his friends through 6 huge levels of...

Eets: Chowdown Xbox 360 Front Cover first version

Xbox 360 (2007)

In Eets: Chowdown, you guide the titular creature Eets through more than 100 levels to collect puzzle pieces with gameplay...

Eets: Hunger. It's emotional. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

In this game you have to guide Eets through each level, helping him circumvent all the various obstacles and enemies...

Eets Munchies Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and iPad (2014)

Eets Munchies is the third game in the Eets series of puzzle games and is described as a re-imagining of...

ZX Spectrum (2012)

Imps exist. Just beyond our limited perceptions and in numerous variety. Imps are responsible for your keys going missing or...

MSX (1994)

Eggbert in Eggciting Adventure is a platform puzzle game where you have to collect all eggs in a stage and...

Eggerland Mystery MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. You play Lolo, a blue ball-like character with eyes, arms, and legs....

ZX Spectrum (1989)

The aim of the game is to collect all the keys on the screen avoiding enemies, spikes and platform jumping...

ZX Spectrum (1990)

The objective on each level is to run round the screens collecting all the keys in sight. The castle is...

Egg Mania PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Egg Mania is a puzzle game in which the player controls an egg shaped character against either a computer opponent...

Eggs of Steel PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Eggs of Steel, the player takes control of Charlie the Egg, a night watchman at the MOM Steel Factory....

Egypt NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

When adventurer was lost and trapped in the mysterious Egyptian Palace, he has met the spherical Blue Jewel, which represents...

Windows (2000)

Elasto Mania is the sequel to Action SuperCross. You have to ride a motorbike and complete the various stages. You...

El Capitán Trueno ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

El Capitán Trueno (Captain Thunder) is the name of a famous Spanish comic book which tells the ongoing story of...

DOS (1992)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 30 pictures of different Zoo...

DOS (1992)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 29 pictures of different Super...

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1989)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 30 pictures of different Zoo...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 26 pictures of different Dinosaurs...

Electric Crayon Deluxe: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: World Tour Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 30 pictures of different world...

Electrician NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

A colossal earthquake has struck the United States of America, causing blackouts in several buildings across the country. Now it's...

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