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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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Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Donkey Kong Jr. is a DSiWare game based on the Game & Watch LCD toy of the same name. In...

Game & Watch Gallery 4 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A collection of classic Nintendo Game & Watch titles, as well as GBA exclusive updates.Games include: Donkey Kong 3 Boxing...

Game & Watch: Manhole Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Manhole is a DSiWare game based on the Game & Watch LCD toy of the same name. All of the...

Game & Watch: Mario's Cement Factory Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario's Cement Factory is a DSiWare game based on the Game & Watch LCD toy of the same name. You...

DOS (1990)

You have crashed your spaceship on a strange alien world and must collect diamonds on ten levels to power it...

SNES (1993)

Hammerin' Harry and his friends have brought themselves a new house. They stand outside its front gate, watching it shine....

Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ooedo Tengurigaeshi no Maki Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Disaster strikes when Goemon and Ebisimaru are sent to jail for crimes they didn't commit! After being freed from jail...

Ganbare Natsuki San Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Ganbare Natsuki San is a puzzle platform game that bears a remarkable similarity to the cult classic Umihara Kawase. The...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

In this game you keep watch on the wacky Neo Poke-kun, a cartoony programmer thing that lives locked in his...

DOS (1998)

You are John Parker, Rastafarian soldier, trying to defend your herb/pot/weed/marijuana/ganja field against American soldiers. You stand on your Volkswagen...

Arcade (1999)

One month has passed since Musashi defeated his sworn enemy, Kojiro. Musashi is on his way to Kyoto to meet...

WonderSwan (1999)

Ganso Jajamaru-kun is a remake of the NES platformer Ninja Jajamaru-kun. It includes new levels and bosses that stretch the...

Garfield and his Nine Lives Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

After having eaten very heavily just before going to bed, Garfield finds himself trapped in a nightmare from which he...

Garfield: Big, Fat, Hairy Deal Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In the earliest licensed entertainment videogame of Jim Davis' lazy cat cartoon character, you play Garfield in his attempt to...

Garfield: Caught in the Act Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

As lazy cartoon cat Garfield, you're somehow trapped in your TV, that's what happens with too much TV watching. Go...

Garfield no Isshūkan: A Week of Garfield NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Garfield, the lovable fat orange cat, has gotten himself into a spot of trouble. His pal and center of abuse,...

J2ME (2006)

When Odie wakes Garfield, the cat becomes furious and in the spur of the moment Odie is kicked out. Playing...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Garfield has lost his Pooky bear and its your job to help find Pooky by controlling Garfield in his search....

Gargoyles Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Gargoyles is based on the Disney Afternoon TV series of the same name that ran from 1994-1997. In this 18...

Gateworld: The Home Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Captain Klondike's ship has crash-landed on an unknown asteroid. He must find a way to collect fuel for his ship,...

Windows (2002)

In this football-themed platform game you play as Gatorman, the mascot of the Florida Gators football team. You have been...

Gekisō Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

This side-scrolling fighting platformer is based on the Japanese anime series called Gekisō Sentai Carranger. Going through the stages you...

Gemstone Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), Macintosh (1986), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986) and FM-7 (1985)

Gemstone Warrior is an action game with adventure elements. Players work their way through an underground catacomb, doing three things...

Genesis (1994)

Generations Lost is a platform action game in which the player takes the role of Monobe, an adventurer on the...

Windows (1998)

Genocide is a run-and-gun platformer that has been built upon the source code of Abuse; it shares the exact gameplay...

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