DescriptionPlatform 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.
Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore is a short shooting platformer of six levels. The player's character, a yellow man wearing...
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Game Boy Color (2000)
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Game Boy Advance (2002)
This side-scrolling game brings Frogger to the GBA in a quest to be united with the princess in hopes of...
Game Boy Advance (2001)
Frogger's home, Firefly Swamp, is in great danger. The nefarious Mr. D has stolen the 4 elements, water, fire, wind,...
Froggy's Adventures is a game that the player plays as froggy that has to collect all of the flowers/mushrooms/pebbles/crystals on...
From Primordial Egg is an entry for the TIGSource Commonplace Book contest, winning second place. The game is a platformer,...
In this platform game you control a mouse that lives in a house and that collects pieces of cheese while...
Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)
Fury is a single screen platform game connected by ladders, where you play the role of a survivor from a...
Based on Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland novels, Fushigi no Yume no Alice is a cute 2-D platformer which casts...
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- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
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- 95 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
- 93 Super Metroid
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- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
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