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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J2ME (2003) and Mophun (2003)

Frankie Jumpy is a platform game similar to Bomb Jack. You have to collect all items on the screen to...

Frank & Mark Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Frank & Mark is a platform game. During the holidays twin brothers Frank and Mark come across a castle. The...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Mr. Stein is keen to build monsters, using the bones he has throughout his mansion. Each time he must collect...

Frank N Stein Re-booted ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2011)

Frank N Stein Re-booted is a highly improved re-work of the classic ZX-Spectrum game Frank N Stein, produced by the...

SNES (1996)

Frantic Flea has the player take control of a flea warrior out to protect his Flea World from an evil...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In Frantic Freddie your goal is to clear all of the buckets of gold from each single screen level. Each...

Frantic Freddie Returns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Frantic Freddie Returns is a remake of C64 game Frantic Freddie. The task is to collect all the apples. A...

ColecoVision (1983) and Spectravideo (1983)

A tall building is on fire, and while all the human inhabitants seem to be safe, their cats are trapped...

Commodore 64 (2011)

Not to be confused with the quite famous Frantic Freddie, this is an unofficial C64 port of the lesser-known Spectravideo...

DOS (1993)

Frantis: Mission II is a side-scrolling platform game which continues the story of MegaDestroyer Frantis. As the main character's craft...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Agent One of the Galactic Police Force and you have been sent to a large factory to stop...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Fred is a platform game, where the player controls a caveman, walking horizontally through the levels. Like in nearly every...

Freddy Hardest Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

The most irreverent playboy of all the galaxy, heir of a great fortune, has a totally irresponsible life, given to...

DOS (1984)

Freddy's Rescue Roundup is an action platform game where you need to collect all of the chickens on the screen...

Freedom City Runners Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

In Freedom City Runners the player takes the role of an athlete who has overslept on the day of the...

Freedom Fall Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Freedom Fall is a 2D platformer with vertically-oriented levels where the character needs to progress downwards. The player controls a...

Freekscape: Escape from Hell PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Freekscape: Escape from Hell is a 2.5D puzzle platformer. The protagonist is the horned demon Freek who is left behind...

Windows (2007)

Freerunning Extreme is a parkour game where the player has to perform acrobatic feats in an urban environment. The game...

Free Will Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Free Will is a side-scrolling platform game with a twist. In the game you have to free Will, who's at...

Fret Nice PSP Front Cover

PSP (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Fret Nice is a platformer with musical elements that can be played with a regular or a guitar controller. Choosing...

Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore is a short shooting platformer of six levels. The player's character, a yellow man wearing...

Frightmare Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

This is a platform-game, where you play as a man who's experiencing a horrible nightmare. And if you die in...

Frogatto & Friends Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2010), BlackBerry (2012) and iPad (2011)

Frogatto & Friends is an open-source, freeware platform game where the player controls a cartoon amphibian exploring a world of...

F.R.O.G.: Frantic Rush of Green Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Many years ago, a prince was cursed into the form of a frog, to be released only by the kiss...

Frogger Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

This is a late-90s remake of the original arcade classic Frogger. Navigate Frogger by hopping left, right, down and up...

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