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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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J2ME (2004)

Forgotten Warrior is an action game which came pre-installed on certain models of Samsung mobile phones. The premise of the...

Forgotten Worlds Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a...

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike is a vertical-scrolling puzzle platformer game starring publisher Devolver Digital's mascot/fictive CFO Fork Parker. Company...

Commodore 64 (1991)

The second version of F.1 Manager is an improved installment with two languages support (English/Italian), additional graphics and features, but...

Amiga (1996)

You can try your hand at managing a Formula 1 team of your choice in this simulation. First of all...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the international game TV show of the same name which first became popular in France in the early...

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is based on the animated series of the same name on Cartoon Network, created by...

Fotonica Browser Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), Browser (2011), iPhone (2014), iPad (2014) and Ouya (2013)

Fotonica is a first-person running game, similar to Canabalt. With only one button, the player has to run and jump...

The Fourth Wall Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Fourth Wall is a puzzle platformer starring a young apprentice that becomes a wizard during his journey. Next to...

Fox Hits CD N°2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This compilation includes: Prehistorik 2 The Blues Brothers

Fox Hits CD N°3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This compilation includes: Prehistorik Super Cauldron

DOS (1997)

A next-generation energy source, "NF43", has brought a new age of prosperity to the United Earth (UE). This substance, with...

NES (1991)

Captain Hook and his army of brute pirates would like nothing better than to overtake Neverland with their corruptive ways....

Windows (2003)

Foxy Jumper is a game for one or two players. In Game with one player, the player have to jump...

Windows (2004)

Foxy Jumper 2 is the second game in the series and has the same objective as the first game Foxy...

Windows (2004)

Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures is a Christmas themed version of the 2D platform game Foxy Jumper 2. The basic...

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

In Fraction Fever, the player's goal is to advance floors up to the twentieth with the help of his pogo...

Windows (2014) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Fractured Soul is an action/puzzle platform game that is played across both screens of the Nintendo 3DS at the same...

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

You play the part of Trogg the caveman. Climb the ladders and jump across platforms to collect gems for points...

DOS (1995)

You have been Framed and thrown into a foreign jail. Your quest is to escape the jail and then prove...

Windows (2007)

Frankenstein is 2D platform game for kids loosely based on the novel by Mary Shelley. The Frankenstein monster (affectionately Frank)...

Commodore 64 (1992)

You play the role of Egor, assistant to Baron Frankenstein who is in the process of attempting to build a...

DOS (1994)

Frankenstein is a timed side-scrolling platform game. As Egor Woodenhead the player must collect all the body parts and screws...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In the cold dark night you make your way through the ghoulish castle of Dr. Frankenstein. There you must prevent...

J2ME (2003) and Mophun (2003)

Frankie Jumpy is a platform game similar to Bomb Jack. You have to collect all items on the screen to...

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