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Platform

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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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Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic is a 2D platformer that takes inspiration from the classic Sonic and Mario games. Hermie Hopperhead...

Windows (2011)

Roderick Hero, at your service but, please, call me R. Hero. Everyone else does. This Windows version of H.E.R.O. is...

H.E.R.O. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

There is trouble in the mines! Volcanic activity has trapped numerous miners, and it is your job to save them....

DOS (1993)

A jail break has occurred in the city of Megatropolis and five evil supervillains have escaped. The city's last resort...

Supervision (1992)

Hero Kid is a side-scrolling platform game starring a young man who must rescue his girlfriend. Each stage scrolls from...

Hero of the Golden Talisman Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The town of the game's hero is under a curse from an evil wizard. He has stolen the Golden Talisman...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This is a jump 'n run game based on the movie of Nickelodeon's popular TV show Hey Arnold. The player...

Hieronymus Bash Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Angels want control of all Heaven, Hell and everything in between. Devils want the same thing. How to settle this?...

Higemaru Makaijima: Nanatsu no Shima Daibōken NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Higemaru Makaijima is a puzzle action game. You play a ship captain who is trying to take out all the...

ZX Spectrum (2005)

Interplanetary Pig Farmer Eadwig Addlethorpe owns a series of magnificent pig farms on a large planetoid in the belt of...

ZX81 (1984)

High-Rise Hive is a platformer where the player is a bee that tries to steal all the honey from the...

High Rollers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

The game is a computer adaptation of an American TV game show, where two competitors should win a game and...

High Seas Havoc Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Havoc is a young traveler and treasure hunter, who roams the seas with his shipmate Tide. One day, he finds...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

It's been a long world tour for Puffy AmiYumi, one of Japan's best rock groups. All they want to do...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

A scientist named Arnold Steiner researches the ancient civilization of Indios in Central America. However, following a breakthrough discovery, Steiner...

NES (1987)

Based on the Osamu Tezuka manga "Phoenix", this platformer is mostly based on the fifth volume, "Hō-ō" (later called "Karma"...

Commodore 64 (1991), Atari 8-bit (2008), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), BBC Micro (1990) and Electron (1990)

Zanock, the only son of the king of Altoris, must cross the swamps of the hobgoblins to bring back the...

Hocus Pocus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Hocus Pocus is a young magician apprentice who has two goals in life: to join the Council of Wizards in...

Amiga (1992)

Hoi is a small green dinosaur, who must venture through 5 levels to reach the area in which female dinosaurs...

NES (1986)

Hokuto no Ken is a side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The player controls Kenshiro,...

Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitō Denshōken Haō e no Michi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The three RPGs (Hokuto no Ken 3-5) seemed to symbolize a genre change after the first two platformers, but the...

Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshōsha e no Michi  SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Similar to the sixth installment of the series, this is a fighting game along the lines of Street Fighter or...

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer is a 2D-demake of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus for the TRS-80...

Holiday Lemmings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (1992)

Based on the original classic game Lemmings, Holiday Lemmings was a small stand-alone game that was released during the early...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2004)

Ybelle and Ludar have come to Holotz's Castle to explore its depths for fame and adventure. Though apparently, Ludar our...

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