DescriptionPlatform 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.
Xbox 360 (2009)
Along Came A Spider is a 2D platformer that puts the player in control of a spider who must jump...
Taking up the invitation of game author Jonas Kyratzes to test an alpha version of a game prototype he's working...
DOS (1990), Windows (2010), Genesis (1988), Amiga (1989), NES (1990), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), TurboGrafx CD (1989), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989), Zodiac (2004), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Arcade (1988)
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The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes is based on the Spider-Man cartoon of the time and pits Spider-Man against several of...
SEGA CD (1993)
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The player has to look after Sea-Monkeys in a virtual fish tank, providing them with food and oxygen. They are...
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Xbox 360 (2010)
Aminal: The Christmas Game is a 2D side-scrolling platformer that puts the player in control of a member of a...
Based on the movie by the same name, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a platform game featuring the...
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Atari 8-bit (1991)
Android is a platform game, set in a space base filled with hostile robots; the player controls a remote-controlled android,...
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Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
- 93 Super Metroid
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
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- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
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- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.