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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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Golvellius: Valley of Doom SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), MSX (1988) and iPhone (2009)

In this game, you play Kelesis, a warrior who is sent to seek out Golvellius and rescue the beautiful Princess...

SNES (1994)

Gon is a side scrolling platform game based on the midget t-rex from the Japanese manga series with the same...

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

Gonzzalezz is a side-scrolling platform game from Spain. The main protagonist is a Mexican stereotype (complete with sombrero and huge...

DOS (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

In Goody you are a thief with a mission to break into a Spanish bank. In order to accomplish that...

Goody: The Remake Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006) and Windows (2005)

This remake of the Spanish platform game from 1987 updates the graphics, sounds, brick physics and controls, while remaining faithful...

Goof Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This colorful game combines puzzle elements with fast paced action. From labyrinth style puzzles to last man standing firefights; this...

Genesis (1993)

In Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, the player takes command of Goofy himself who gets his dream job as janitor at...

The Goonies II NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1988)

In a movie released in the 1980s, a group of youngsters formed a special gang and called themselves The Goonies....

Windows (2010)

Those who never had a chance to play to The Goonies will have an opportunity to test a free, new...

NES (1986), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and Arcade (1987)

The Goonies is based on a movie of the same name from 1985. A group of youngsters from a neighborhood...

The Goonies Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Goonies is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in which a motley crew of suburban...

MSX (1986)

While this MSX version of The Goonies borrows the basic concept from the Famicom (NES) version, it features completely different...

Gorby's Pipeline NES Front Cover

NES (1991), MSX (1991) and FM Towns (1991)

Gorby's Pipeline is a variation on the classic Tetris game, with elements of Pipe Dream / Pipe Mania and its...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Gordian Tomb is a flip-screen platform game from Germany. Montezuma's Revenge seems to be a major influence on the overall...

Lynx (1991)

You are a monkey named Gordo, resident of N. Human Labs cage 106, a laboratory experimenting with animals. One day...

GO Series: 10 Second Run Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

GO Series: 10 Second Run is a side-scrolling platformer in which the player must reach the end of each level...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure is based on the animated movie of the same name and basically a mini...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In this game you manage a tennis player, starting with $30,000 (Amiga) or $50,000 (C64) at the bottom of Top...

DOS (1992)

The second installment in the series is a remake of Grand Slam Bridge with modern abilities of its time such...

Granny in Paradise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Granny in Paradise is the sequel to another Sandlot game: Super Granny. The game is very reminiscent of Lode Runner....

Grappling Action: Moon Dancer iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

A mysterious thief has started showing up in town, snagging treasure as he grapples through the air, silhouette against the...

DOS (2002)

You are a gravedigger called Samuel, and you've heard of the famed Loodam Crypts and all the riches they contain....

Gravitation Linux Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

As with Jason Rohrer's previous game Passage, Gravitation is an autobiographical game and it has a similar visual style. No...

Gravortex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gravortex is a 2D version of the Portal concept. In 20 levels all played on a single screen, the player...

Browser (2011)

The Great Gatsby is a platform game inspired by the 1925 novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald....

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