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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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Commodore 64 (1990)

30 Billion colonists live on the planet Hegira. The planet's major source of energy, the EFU (Energy Fusion Unit) is...

Alien³ Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Alien³ is a video game based on the movie of the same name. The plot of the movie picks up...

Alien³ SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Lt. Ellen Ripley is sleeping in the cryogenic chamber aboard the spaceship Sulaco. A fire breaks out in the chamber,...

Alien³ NES Front Cover

NES (1993)

Alien³ on the NES is similar to Probe Software's adaptations of the film on other systems. While using the same...

Alien 8 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

This is a puzzle solving game. You are on board a space ship that is heading towards a remote planet....

Alien 8 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This open-source, freeware remake of Ultimate's classic isometric title adds complete new sets of graphics, music and sounds, while preserving...

MSX (2009)

This remake for the MSX 2 computer of the monochromatic 8-bit isometric classic adds colors and fixes some of the...

Alien Breed Special Edition & Qwak Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1994)

Alien Breed Special Edition & Qwak is a compilation which includes the following games on one CD:Alien Breed: Special Edition...

Alien Carnage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Alien Carnage (also known as Halloween Harry) is a follow-up to the 1985 game Halloween Harry, created for the Microbee...

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Ex commando Really Shooter and his mother Poor Mama is running the cleaning service Clean House together. Sometimes when aliens...

VIC-20 (1982)

Alien Panic is a variant of Space Panic. Set in an abandoned construction site, the game is a single screen...

Alien Pyramid Challenge! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Alien Pyramid Challenge! is a puzzle based platformer that has the players alien character trapped in an ancient Egyptian pyramid...

Alien Rampage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Alien Rampage is a 2D side-scroller with large animated sprites and multiple layers of parallaxing backgrounds.You are a lone angry...

Aliens: Alien 2 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

Whereas most platforms, including the MSX, received their own versions of Activision's Aliens, Square gave Japanese MSX users a unique...

Aliens: Infestation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Aliens: Infestation is a side-scrolling action/platformer that takes heavy inspiration from Nintendo's Metroid series and from latter-day Castlevania side-scrollers. Infestation...

Alien Spidy Macintosh Front Cover

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

Alien Spidy is a platformer in which players take control over Spidy, a spider-like creature, who crashlands on a planet...

DOS (1989)

You must kill off endless waves of aliens. You do this by flying around a screen (using your rocket pack)...

Alien Zombie Megadeath Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Alien Zombie Megadeath is the sequel to Alien Zombie Death. It is a fast-paced shooter set in fenced, horizontally-scrolling 2D...

Alisia Dragoon Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Alisia Dragoon is the female protagonist of this fast-paced platform game. Alisia must destroy an evil demon and avenge her...

PC Booter (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983) and PC-88 (1984)

Alley Cat is an action game consisting of several mini games tied together. You're a little black cat who wants...

Windows (2006)

In this tribute and fangame sequel to Alley Cat, the author has extracted that game's assets and attempted to reproduce...

Symbian (2004)

A fan remake of Alley Cat, carefully styled to maintain several minor distinctions for legal purposes, this game nonetheless aims...

NES (1986)

All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. was a promotional item given out as a contest prize by the Japanese radio...

Windows (2009)

All Of Our Friends Are Dead is a side-scrolling platform shooter with a horror theme. There is no background story,...

(Almost) Total Mayhem Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

(Almost) Total Mayhem is a 2D team-based action platformer that pits two teams against each other in an attempt to...

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