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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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Finders Keepers Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

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...

First Samurai Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1992), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

"The Demon King descends from his mountain domain to you, the First Samurai and your master. Defenceless against the Demon's...

Fish Tales Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The ocean is a dangerous place, and it is your job in Fish Tales to get Sunny through it safely....

Fist of the North Star NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

This is a platform "beat-'em-up" game based on the animé series Hokuto no Ken. According to the story mentioned in...

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

This is a compilation that contains the games: Professor Fizzwizzle The Amazing Brain Train! Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery...

Browser (2008)

Flam is a side-scrolling platformer featuring the titular flamingo in his quest to save his own kind. He must collect...

Flashback Windows Front Cover

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

Flashback is a remake of Flashback: The Quest for Identity and follows the same main plot as the original with...

Flashback: The Quest for Identity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1993), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1995), iPhone (2009), PC-98 (1994), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

The year is 2142. The player takes control of Conrad B. Hart, a man who has lost his memory. After...

The Flash Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Based on the 1990 TV show, The Flash is a side-scrolling platform/fighting game featuring the fastest man alive. The player...

The Flash SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1993)

The Flash is a side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous D.C. comics hero. The game is divided into six rounds, each...

Flicky Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1985), SG-1000 (1984), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1986) and Arcade (1984)

A female blue jay, named Flicky, must collect her chicks and lead them safely back to their nest, while they...

Flimbo's Quest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Rescuing girlfriends is a pretty common challenge in older computer games - why can't any of these ladies look after...

Flink Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Flink is a jump-'n-run game set in the fantasy world of Imagica. The evil wizard Wicked Wainwright has captured the...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

This game features Bedrock's beloved Fred Flintstone himself in an adventure of traditional platform challenges, brought to life through the...

The Flintstones: Burgertime in Bedrock Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Burgertime in Bedrock is modeled after Data East's classic Arcade title 'Burger Time'. In this version, Fred Flintstone or Barney...

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