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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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SNES (1995)

Go Go Ackman 2 is mostly the same as its predecessor, with a few small tweaks. The angel Tenshi is...

SNES (1995)

Yet again Tenshi is hard at work on finding a way to kill off Ackman for good. But, what's this,...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

It's football with a unique twist. David Beckham is called on to save Soccer Island from the evil Mister Woe,...

Atari ST (1995)

Goin' Down with the Captain is a freeware platform game written in GFA BASIC v3.5 with Sprite Works Development Kit.While...

Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

The GameBoy Color version of Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado is a side-scrolling platformer that follows the...

Gold Fever! VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

Gold Fever! is an action game with platform elements in which the player controls a miner searching for gold. At...

Gold Hunter Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Gold Hunter is an action arcade game. Your task is to reach the gold placed in a well. To enter...

Gold Miner Joe Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), Palm OS (2006), Windows Mobile (2006), Macintosh (2005), Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2012)

Gold Miner Joe is a platform game in which you play as Joe, exploring the "legendary four-shafted gold mine". Each...

TRS-80 CoCo (1997)

Gold Runner 2000 is an expanded clone of Lode Runner, adding both vertical and horizontal scrolling to the gameplay, as...

Atari ST (1987)

Goldrush is a single screen multi-level Lode runner clone. The background story tells us that its the year 3081 and...

Golvellius: Valley of Doom SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), MSX (1988) and iPhone (2009)

In this game, you play Kelesis, a warrior who is sent to seek out Golvellius and rescue the beautiful Princess...

SNES (1994)

Gon is a side scrolling platform game based on the midget t-rex from the Japanese manga series with the same...

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

Gonzzalezz is a side-scrolling platform game from Spain. The main protagonist is a Mexican stereotype (complete with sombrero and huge...

DOS (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

In Goody you are a thief with a mission to break into a Spanish bank. In order to accomplish that...

Goody: The Remake Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006) and Windows (2005)

This remake of the Spanish platform game from 1987 updates the graphics, sounds, brick physics and controls, while remaining faithful...

Goof Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This colorful game combines puzzle elements with fast paced action. From labyrinth style puzzles to last man standing firefights; this...

Genesis (1993)

In Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, the player takes command of Goofy himself who gets his dream job as janitor at...

The Goonies II NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1988)

In a movie released in the 1980s, a group of youngsters formed a special gang and called themselves The Goonies....

Windows (2010)

Those who never had a chance to play to The Goonies will have an opportunity to test a free, new...

NES (1986), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and Arcade (1987)

The Goonies is based on a movie of the same name from 1985. A group of youngsters from a neighborhood...

The Goonies Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Goonies is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in which a motley crew of suburban...

MSX (1986)

While this MSX version of The Goonies borrows the basic concept from the Famicom (NES) version, it features completely different...

Gorby's Pipeline NES Front Cover

NES (1991), MSX (1991) and FM Towns (1991)

Gorby's Pipeline is a variation on the classic Tetris game, with elements of Pipe Dream / Pipe Mania and its...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Gordian Tomb is a flip-screen platform game from Germany. Montezuma's Revenge seems to be a major influence on the overall...

Lynx (1991)

You are a monkey named Gordo, resident of N. Human Labs cage 106, a laboratory experimenting with animals. One day...

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