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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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NES (1986)

All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. was a promotional item given out as a contest prize by the Japanese radio...

Windows (2009)

All Of Our Friends Are Dead is a side-scrolling platform shooter with a horror theme. There is no background story,...

(Almost) Total Mayhem Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

(Almost) Total Mayhem is a 2D team-based action platformer that pits two teams against each other in an attempt to...

Along Came A Spider Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Along Came A Spider is a 2D platformer that puts the player in control of a spider who must jump...

Alphaland Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Taking up the invitation of game author Jonas Kyratzes to test an alpha version of a game prototype he's working...

Altered Beast Windows Front Cover

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)

You are a hero raised from the dead by the god Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena. With scenery inspired...

Amagon NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In Amagon, your mission is to investigate a dangerous, monster-infested island. As Amagon, you begin the game with only a...

The Amazing Dare-Dozen Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

They're twelve eggs with a difference -- when you click the mouse, they can hop up. And up, up, up...

Amazing Learning Games with Rayman DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and PlayStation (2000)

Join Rayman in his quest to recover the Book of Knowledge which has been stolen by the evil Mr. Dark....

SNES (1995)

The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes is based on the Spider-Man cartoon of the time and pits Spider-Man against several of...

The Amazing Spider-Man DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

In The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider Man has to rescue his girlfriend Mary Jane who was kidnapped by the super villain...

The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The Kingpin is at it again, and Spider-Man has just 24 hours to find the keys to defuse a bomb...

Windows (2001)

The player has to look after Sea-Monkeys in a virtual fish tank, providing them with food and oxygen. They are...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

A.M.C.: Astro Marine Corps is a sideways scrolling shooter in which you control a member of the Astro Marine Corps...

American Gladiators DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1992)

American Gladiators is licensed from the popular TV show of the same name. It features a series of events testing...

American McGee's Alice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2001)

Shortly after Alice returned from the miraculous trip through the Looking-Glass, her house was burnt down, and her parents died...

Amiga (1988)

U.S. Gold's Amiga Gold Hits compilation contains the following 4 games: Bionic Commando Jinks Leader Board Rolling Thunder

Amiga (1992)

This disk from Amiga Power magazine contains playable demo versions of Flair's Trolls and Psygnosis' Combat Air Patrol, but the...

Aminal: The Christmas Game Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Aminal: The Christmas Game is a 2D side-scrolling platformer that puts the player in control of a member of a...

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Based on the movie by the same name, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is a platform game featuring the...

Ancients of Ooga Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Ancients of Ooga is a puzzle platformer that builds on the game mechanics of Cloning Clyde. The game is set...

Ancient Taxi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Ancient Taxi is a variant of Space Taxi that is most similar to Ugh! due to its use of a...

Android Atari 8-bit Front Cover

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,...

Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1985)

Androides is an action game heavily inspired by Lode Runner. In this game as well, the levels are made of...

And Yet It Moves Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and Wii (2010)

And Yet It Moves is a platform game with puzzle elements where the goal is simply to complete each of...

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