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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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Ghost House SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

You're about to inherit the family jewels. If you can get to them, that is.They're hidden inside the haunted mansion,...

ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Help the ghost hunter to kill all the ghosts of a terrific hunted manor.This game is a Pang-like game adaptation...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Hunk Studbuckle's brother Chuck answered the call to go to Nightmare Mansion and rid it off the ghouls and ghosts...

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an action game based on the television series of the same name....

Windows (2002)

Ghost 'n Goblins Exceed is a freeware remake of the classical Capcom game. You are an angry little mouse that...

Ghost Rider Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In this sequel to the movie, Mephisto requests Johnny Blaze (The Ghost Rider) to stop the plan to revive Blackheart...

Windows (1999)

Giana Family is 2D multiplayer platform game based on The Great Giana Sisters. Players control Giana and her family and...

Giana Sisters DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009), iPhone (2010), Android (2011), iPad (2010) and Ouya (2013)

Giana Sisters DS is a modern 2009 remake of the cult game The Great Giana Sisters from the year 1987....

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is the successor of the 1987 The Great Giana Sisters and a a sequel to the...

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Backer Exclusive Collector Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This very limited edition of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was exclusive to backers who have pledged 150$ or above during...

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This limited edition contains: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Soundtrack CD A fan poster Two in-game skins

Linux (2010), Windows (2009), Dreamcast (2010), Amiga (2010), Symbian (2011), Macintosh (2010), GP32 (2010), GP2X (2010) and GP2X Wiz (2010)

Giana's Return is an unofficial (i.e. fan-made) sequel to the classic Great Giana Sisters. The Evil Swampy has stolen the...

Giant's Revenge ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Giant's Revenge is the sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack was last seen crushing the giant into the depths...

Giddy 3: The Retro Eggsperience Amiga Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (2000), Windows (2009), Amiga (2009), Macintosh (2009), Android (2012) and webOS (2011)

The world is under attack from robot stompers from beyond the clouds, and the egg-shaped super hero Giddy has to...

Amiga (1994)

While watching television, Giddy learns that an alien spaceship has descended over Cutesville. It starts to send strange waves that...

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

G.I Joe is a side-scrolling action game where you can select 3 out of a possible 5 characters to complete...

NES (1992)

Cobra, the evil villain, previous encounter with G.I. Joe ended with Cobra’s base been destroyed (as played in G.I. Joe:...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Gilligan's Gold is a flick-screen platform game based on the arcade game Bagman consisting of three screens as you try...

Atari 2600 (2007)

Run, run, run! Fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! And I'm one tough cookie!You,...

Give Up Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

In Give Up the player controls a character, shaped like the one on the public exit signs, through 40 single-screen...

Give Up, Robot Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up, Robot is a twitchy platformer starring a robot that is woken up in a corrupted testing environment. He...

Give Up Robot 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up Robot 2 is the sequel to Give Up, Robot and retains the core game mechanics. It is a...

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance is an epic action packed game that takes place in the times of the Roman empire....

Glare Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Glare is a side-scrolling platformer. It has a backstory (aliens infect planets with darkness and the protagonist, the light guardian...

Globdule Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

One of not-nearly-enough games to star an amorphous blob, Globdule sees your character moving around a level by sliding along...

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