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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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Gekisō Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

This side-scrolling fighting platformer is based on the Japanese anime series called Gekisō Sentai Carranger. Going through the stages you...

Gemstone Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), Macintosh (1986), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986) and FM-7 (1985)

Gemstone Warrior is an action game with adventure elements. Players work their way through an underground catacomb, doing three things...

Genesis (1994)

Generations Lost is a platform action game in which the player takes the role of Monobe, an adventurer on the...

Windows (1998)

Genocide is a run-and-gun platformer that has been built upon the source code of Abuse; it shares the exact gameplay...

SNES (1994)

The world is still recovering from war. The mega-corporation CONEX has been spearheading the rebuilding process, but their true intentions...

FM Towns (1993)

Genocide Square includes re-mastered versions of two games, Genocide and Genocide 2. The second game contains minor differences compared to...

Genocide 2: Master of the Dark Communion Sharp X68000 Front Cover

Sharp X68000 (1991)

The war against the powerful neurocomputer MESIA ended with the victory of the humans in the second half of the...

Windows (1999)

Genocide: Remixed Version is an updated version and a re-release of the 1998 game Genocide. It features enhanced graphics and...

Genpei Tōma Den TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1986)

In the year 1192, the darkness of the Minamoto clan has come and is spreading across Japan. The country is...

George of the Jungle and the Search for the Secret PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Players take the role of George from the popular cartoon show, George of the Jungle, in a 3D side scrolling...

Geraldinho SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1995)

Geraldinho was playing his videogame when his friend Cachorrão kicked him inside the TV screen! Now the player must help...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Gerry the Germ has failed to obtain his Stinkploma and so has been thrown out of the Illtitute of Infectology...

Browser (2010)

The goal of the game is as straightforward as its name: a young man, all lit up from a night...

Getsufūma Den NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

In the first years of the Demon Age, a horrible demon named "Dragon Master" was revived by his minions in...

Gex Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1995), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Enter your television to defeat the evil Rez by collecting remotes to open worlds inside your tv. You are a...

Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999) and PS Vita (2012)

Gex must rescue Agent Xtra from the grips of the fiend, Rez. Gex goes undercover through many levels to try...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Gex 3: Deep Pocket Gecko is a 2D platform game based on Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko. The plot is...

Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998), Nintendo 64 (1998) and PS Vita (2012)

Gex 3D: Enter the Gecko is a 3D platform game where the player controls a gecko who has to navigate...

Gex: Enter the Gecko Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

A conversion of the 3D platform title, this game features all the same levels shrunk down onto the Game Boy...

G-Force Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

G-Force is a Disney-movie licenced 3D action game where you play as Agent Darwin, the high-tech guinea pig and as...

Ghostbusters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Set after the events of the first movie, Sega's "Ghostbusters" follows the further adventures of Peter, Ray and Egon, as...

Ghost Chaser Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Harry the Ghost Chaser enters the haunted Fairport Manor and wants to drive out the ghosts that settle in that...

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...

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