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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Windows (2004)

Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures is a Christmas themed version of the 2D platform game Foxy Jumper 2. The basic...

Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

Fraction Action is an educational platform game where the player has to escape the basement of a mad professor's mansion...

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

In Fraction Fever, the player's goal is to advance floors up to the twentieth with the help of his pogo...

Fractured Soul Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Fractured Soul is an action/puzzle platform game that is played across both screens of the Nintendo 3DS at the same...

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

You play the part of Trogg the caveman. Climb the ladders and jump across platforms to collect gems for points...

DOS (1995)

You have been Framed and thrown into a foreign jail. Your quest is to escape the jail and then prove...

Windows (2007)

Frankenstein is 2D platform game for kids loosely based on the novel by Mary Shelley. The Frankenstein monster (affectionately Frank)...

Commodore 64 (1992)

You play the role of Egor, assistant to Baron Frankenstein who is in the process of attempting to build a...

DOS (1994)

Frankenstein is a timed side-scrolling platform game. As Egor Woodenhead the player must collect all the body parts and screws...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In the cold dark night you make your way through the ghoulish castle of Dr. Frankenstein. There you must prevent...

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...

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