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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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Humans 1 and 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Humans is a Lemmings-influenced arcade puzzler, released on CD alongside its expansion pack, Humans 2.

The Humans DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Jaguar (1994), Lynx (1993), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

The gameplay of The Humans has similarities to Lode Runner and Lemmings. Your job in this action puzzler is to...

Humphrey MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and MSX (1984)

Humphrey is a spry chap who needs to change the color of all the blocks. What should be a simple...

Hunchback Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1985), Oric (1983) and Arcade (1983)

Victor Hugo never could have expected that his creation Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, would run such an obstacle...

DOS (1997)

Hunchback 96 is a single player, freeware, side-scrolling platform game in which the player controls the eponymous Hunchback who races...

Hunchback II: Quasimodo's Revenge Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The archetype of the Hunchback of Notre Dame really isn't terribly nuanced: he jumps around towers, ringing bells, rescuing Esmeralda...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Everyone wanted a cut of Ocean's success with Hunchback, but not everyone wanted to pay Century for its licensing rights....

Commodore 64 (1986)

An unlicensed Hunchback clone, this one stays close to its source material, having you make Quasimodo run and jump through...

Atari 2600 (2005)

A 4k game (three more than its predecessor!), Hunchy 2 boasts more bells and whistles (admittedly more bells than whistles)...

ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Jorund, king of the Vikings, and father of our protagonist, has fallen for the deceits of Loki, Viking God of...

Hungry Turtle iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011)

Hungry Turtle is a physics based puzzle game with cartoonish graphics. The goal in the game is to move a...

BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Hunkidory is a platformer where the player takes control of Dave the Dungroid who finds himself locked up in the...

Hunter Hunted Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

The year is 2015. A race of technologically superior aliens known as the Masters have invaded many planets, exterminating or...

Hurrican Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hurrican, a freeware Windows remake of Turrican, is a fast-paced side-scrolling platformer. The player has to explore 9 levels and...

Game Gear (1994)

Hurricanes is based on the 90's cartoon show. You play as Cal and must play through 12 levels. The objective...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Featuring in a children's TV cartoon, The Hurricanes are the most revered team in the World Soccer League. The Gorgons...

MSX (1984)

You are Chumy, the mouse. You live in the sewer, and you are hungry. Luckily, the sewer is filled with...

Hydraulik / Snowball Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

This compilation includes the following titles: Hydraulik is an arcade platform game. The player's task is to repair pipes damaged...

Jaguar (2000)

HyperForce is an action sci-fi platform game with 2D graphics. You play a warrior who has been sent to destroy...

SNES (1995)

Hyper Iria is based on the anime prequel to the sci-fi movie Zeiram. As in the anime and movie Iria...

Hyper Lode Runner Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Hyper Lode Runner plays similar to Lode Runner. You must run around on brick platforms gathering all the gold, while...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Hype: The Time Quest for the Game Boy Color lets you play as the Playmobil knight Hype, who has been...

Icarus Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Icarus is a short game that may draw inspiration from the classic Greek myth of Icarus, who fell into the...

Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games is an action game loosely based on the 2012 animated movie Ice Age:...

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is based on the animated movie of the same name. The story has the...

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