User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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...

SEGA Master System (1995)

Game Box Série Lutas (which means Game Box Fighting Series) is a compilation of the three following games in a...

Game Boy Gallery Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995)

This game contains five classic Game & Watch games: Ball, Vermin, Flagman, Manhole and Cement Factory. Ball puts you in...

Game Center CX: 3-chōme no Arino Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

3-chōme no Arino is the third game based on the popular Japanese television show Game Center CX (a.k.a. Retro Game...

Browser (2007)

game, game, game, and again game is a surreal abstract platform game rendered in a messy hand-drawn style to a...

Game Over Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

In a distant lost Galaxy in the immensity of the Universe, a gorgeous and evil woman had put under her...

The Games Factory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Games Factory is a piece of game creation software. It is the successor to Klik & PlayThe package contains...

Games That Didn't Make It Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Games That Didn't Make It is a compilation of eight previously unreleased Epic Banana games. Several of the games are...

Game & Watch Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Game & Watch Collection is a compilation cartridge featuring three of Nintendo's Multi-Screen Game & Watch games. Not available for...

Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Donkey Kong Jr. is a DSiWare game based on the Game & Watch LCD toy of the same name. In...

Game & Watch Gallery 4 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A collection of classic Nintendo Game & Watch titles, as well as GBA exclusive updates.Games include: Donkey Kong 3 Boxing...

Game & Watch: Manhole Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Manhole is a DSiWare game based on the Game & Watch LCD toy of the same name. All of the...

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