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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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Hudson Hawk Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In this platformer based on the 1991 comedy/action film of the same name, the player takes on the role of...

Hudson Selection Vol. 3: PC Genjin GameCube Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Fourteen years after its debut, PC Genjin (Bonk's Adventure) is remade as the third game out of four in the...

Hudson Selection Vol.4: Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima GameCube Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

A budget remake of the side-scrolling platform game Adventure Island for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. The story starts out...

HueShift iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

HueShift is a reworking of the browser game Hue Shift. It uses the same gameplay mechanic, but no longer with...

Hue Shift Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Hue Shift is an action platformer where the player controls a pixel, moving at a fixed speed. It moves over...

Hugo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1996)

The evil witch Hexana kidnapped Hugo's family and he has to rescue them. This game contains five ported levels from...

J2ME (2004)

Guide Hugo, the TV troll, to free Kiku from the monsters. The game consists of several small platform levels, Donkey...

J2ME (2004)

This is the sequel to Hugo: Black Diamond Fever. The gameplay is completely identical, except for new enemies and locations....

Hugo: The Quest for the Sunstones Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

The Quest for the Sunstones is a 3D platform jump'n'run game. Like Indiana Jones, Hugo takes on great danger only...

Windows (2006)

Hui Buh: Das Schlossgespenst - Spuken bis die Zähne klappern is a platformer based on the movie Hui Buh: Das...

The Human Race Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

The Human Race is a single player game with different game styles on each level.The aim of the game is...

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...

Windows 3.x (1996)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an amateur platform game, loosely based on the 1996 Disney movie of the same...

Commodore 64 (1986)

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

ZX Spectrum (1983)

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

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...

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