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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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Frogger's Adventures: Temple of the Frog Game Boy Advance Front Cover

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,...

Windows (2006)

Froggy's Adventures is a game that the player plays as froggy that has to collect all of the flowers/mushrooms/pebbles/crystals on...

Windows (2008)

From Primordial Egg is an entry for the TIGSource Commonplace Book contest, winning second place. The game is a platformer,...

Front Mission: Gun Hazard SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996) and Wii (2008)

The year is 2064, when the great solar power satellite, ATLAS is overshadowed by the invention of fusion power. The...

Frozzd Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2011)

Frozzd is a platform game set in space. When an astronaut discovers the planet Mubbly Kingdom, the only one in...

J2ME (2004) and ExEn (2004)

Fruit Factory is a puzzle game where the goal is to help Nina a small girl to catch all the...

MSX (1984), PC-88 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Fruit Panic is a platform game with some similarities to Mappy, albeit single-screen like Bomb Jack. Controlling Walky, a yellow...

MSX (1984)

In this platform game you control a mouse that lives in a house and that collects pieces of cheese while...

Fun Run Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Fun Run is a multiplayer running game where the objective is to reach the end area first. Various power-ups are...

Fur Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (2000)

A group of baby stuffed animals are kidnapped from their families by the Stupid Bears (an evil gang of stuffed...

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...

Fury of the Furries DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

In Fury of the Furries, you control a cute, round creature called Tiny, who must defeat "the wicked one" who...

Fushigi no Yume no Alice TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Based on Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland novels, Fushigi no Yume no Alice is a cute 2-D platformer which casts...

Futurama PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

The Futurama series, winner of a 2002 Emmy Award for Best Animated Program, has been recreated on the gaming console....

Future Knight Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

You control Future Knight and your space craft has crashed on a remote and hostile planet and the aliens took...

MSX (1986)

Fuzzball is your average Q*Bert clone, not straying very far from the original implementation. The pyramid is here, unlike many...

Fuzzball Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

A lot of creatures called fuzzballs, are released in an old wizards castle by his young apprentice. The young man...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

The game is a combination of two genres, platformer and quiz game. Gadget, the main character, has invented a time...

SEGA Master System (1993)

Gaegujangi Kkachi is a Korean-made platform game starring Kkachi, the rebellious kid and the protagonist of Lee Hyun-se's cartoon A...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Galactic Taz Ball features Looney Tunes character the Tasmanian Devil (Taz) along with the game's antagonist, Marvin the Martian. Marvin...

Galapagos Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Galapagos is a world of evil self-replicating robots. They have just created helpless Mendel, an insect-like little robot that will...

Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Nick Bluetooth has the ability to transform, allowing him to do some crazy tricks. It's these tricks that Nick needs...

NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Arcade (1985)

In Galivan the player takes the role of the last remaining member of the Cosmo Police. His comrades died while...

Galleon Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Captain Rhama Sabrier is invited by the old healer Areliano to investigate the appearance of a mysterious ship below the...

Game 35: The Experiment Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

At first glance, Game 35 would seem to be another of the simple jump-only platform games like Canabalt or The...

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