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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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NES (1987)

Two musicians, Moeta and Goro, travel across Japan trying to gain musical stardom. Their journey in Japan takes them to...

Hans Kloss Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Atari 8-bit (1992)

Hans Kloss is a platform game unofficially based on the Polish TV series "Stawka Większa niż Życie". The protagonist, an...

NES (1987)

Once there lived a sorcerer's apprentice named Hao who, day after day, did every thankless task the Great Wizard asked...

Happy Hippos: Auf Weltreise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Nintendo DS (2007)

The Happy Hippos - characters based on the collection figure series known from Ferrero's Kinder Surprise - want to explore...

HappyLand Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

DOS (2000), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2011)

HappyLand is a side scrolling platform jumping game that requires you to gather and lead happyland animals to the happyzones....

Windows (2000)

HappyLand Adventures: X-mas Edition is a Christmas-themed follow-up to the original Happyland Adventures with a special set of levels with...

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm is based on the Happy Tree Friends flash cartoon series where cutely drawn animals end...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Harald Hardtooth is a tooth with a face, arms, legs and a bowtie, armed with a tube of toothpaste. He...

Hard Hat Mack PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Hard Hat Mack is a platform game similar in concept to Donkey Kong. The player controls a worker who must...

Hard 'n' Heavy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Jump and Run game during which a little robot (named 'Heavy' respectively 'Metal') runs through five side scrolling worlds (a...

Harlequin Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Harlequin grew up living in Chimerica - paradise for any inquisitive child with its vast acres of surprise. When he...

Harley's Humongous Adventure SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Harley is a hip, young scientist who happens to have an IQ the size of Mt. Rushmore. While experimenting with...

PC-88 (1984) and Sharp X1 (1983)

The player's goal in Harvest is to collect all apples on single screen level layout with his cat-resembling character, while...

Arcade (1988)

Haunted Castle is a 2D arcade platform game, part of the Castlevania game universe. It's the first game in the...

Haven: Call of the King PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The King Athellion has left his homeworld to fight in an intergalactic crusade. He left behind a huge bell -...

Hawkeye Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

A bi-directional horizontally scrolling platform game, Hawkeye has the player in control of an SLF (Synthetic Life Form) controlled from...

Hawk Moon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Hawk Moon is an arcade platform game. The player assumes the role of smuggler Johnnie. The aim is to find...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Hawk Storm is a brave warrior living on the planet Edos, and its citizens look up to him for survival....

Heart of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Andy is a child who likes playing with his dog Whiskey, doesn't particularly enjoy going to school, and has a...

Heatseeker Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990)

On the planet Tantris are the Triphylios of Nem plants, which help keep the populous alive and the vast forests...

The Heist Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1985)

As a cat burglar, it's up to you to collect all of the valuable paintings from each level while avoiding...

Hektik Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In Hektik, the object is to destroy all the monsters on screen that chase the player around the level, based...

Helix Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Helix is a platform game. The player's task is to crawl through a hundred chambers of an old castle to...

Hell Hole Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1991)

A side scrolling platformer that casts you as a soldier dropped behind enemy lines. Battle aliens and navigate platforms to...

Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

When Sanrio Town is invaded by the evil King Block and his minions, only one skating kitten can save the...

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