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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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Gumboy Tournament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gumboy Tournament is a multi-player spin-off from the original Gumboy game. The main game play remains the same. Players control...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Professor Kapp has accidentally invented a machine that can control Gumby's friends, the Astrobots. Minutes after its creation, it naturally...

Gumshoe NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Your daughter, Jennifer, has been kidnapped! You have to help Mr. Stevenson who is on a mission to rescue her....

Commodore 64 (1984)

You are a private detective and you have been asked to rescue the daughter of a millionaire and your investigation...

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1991)

The player takes control of a soldier who is dropped off onto an island and must fight his way through...

Windows (2010)

GunGirl 2, the sequel to GunGirl, is a violent side-scrolling platform shooter. Playing as GunGirl or GunDude the player has...

Gunlord Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2012), Neo Geo (2013) and Arcade (2012)

After the space pilot Vanessa Gaiden defeated the Evil Empire in the events of the game Last Hope, she got...

Gunman Clive Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor...

Gun Monkeys Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Gun Monkeys is a one-on-one arena shooter game that requires two players, both offline and online. It is set in...

Gunner 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

You are send to the South American rain forest, because there have been reports that someone is building an army...

Gunpoint Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Gunpoint is a stealth game where the player takes on the role of a freelance spy. A mysterious assailant murders...

Guns 'n' Ghosts Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

In Guns 'n' Ghosts, the player takes the role of the ghost hunters Trev and Georg. The goal is to...

The Gunstringer Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Story and Theme The Gunstringer has no name other than being identified as the pivotal "Gunstringer". He is a skeleton...

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure PSP Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PSP (2006)

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is a 3D platform game with an emphasis on action and platforming with puzzle elements. It...

Windows (2003)

Gustav is a small platform game made in a 72 hours for the Pixelation contest. The player controls Gustav and...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

The first thing the player/players of Gutter must do is inserting credits, using them to access the ball. In turns,...

Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1993), Macintosh (1992) and CDTV (1993)

In this interactive cartoon you are a brave English soldier, who must stop Fascist Von Max, who wants to build...

Sinclair QL (1985)

Gwendoline is a French 2D platformer about a knight who needs to rescue his fiancée Gwendoline who has been kidnapped...

Gyromite NES Front Cover

NES (1985)

In Gyromite, you need to help a mad scientist deactivate all of the dynamite in his laboratory before time runs...

BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

You are Hank and to gain access to the main Central Computer Games Library you have developed a sprite called...

Hagane: The Final Conflict SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The Fuma clan protects the Holy Grail which is said to possess the power to destroy the world. When the...

Hägar The Horrible Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Hägar The Horrible is a Jump'n'Run game based on the popular comics by Dik and Chris Browne. At the beginning...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Halcyon is a variant of Roc 'n Rope in which the player has to navigate around a series of stages...

Halo Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Halo Zero is a 2D sidescrolling fan-made platformer, based on the 3D Halo games, similar to what Codename: Gordon is...

Hammerfist ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In a grim future, the people are kept under control by a horde of genetically-modified beings who look identical to...

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