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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Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1993), Macintosh (1992) and CDTV (1993)

In this interactive cartoon you are a brave English soldier, who must stop Fascist Von Max, who wants to build...

Sinclair QL (1985)

Gwendoline is a French 2D platformer about a knight who needs to rescue his fiancée Gwendoline who has been kidnapped...

Gyromite NES Front Cover

NES (1985)

In Gyromite, you need to help a mad scientist deactivate all of the dynamite in his laboratory before time runs...

BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

You are Hank and to gain access to the main Central Computer Games Library you have developed a sprite called...

Hagane: The Final Conflict SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The Fuma clan protects the Holy Grail which is said to possess the power to destroy the world. When the...

Hägar The Horrible Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Hägar The Horrible is a Jump'n'Run game based on the popular comics by Dik and Chris Browne. At the beginning...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Halcyon is a variant of Roc 'n Rope in which the player has to navigate around a series of stages...

Halo Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Halo Zero is a 2D sidescrolling fan-made platformer, based on the 3D Halo games, similar to what Codename: Gordon is...

DOS (1986)

A single-screen, text-mode take on the BurgerTime formula: your task is to prepare oversized hamburgers by walking your character over...

SNES (1995)

In Hameln no Violin Hiki you play the role of Hamel, a sort of wanderer / adventurer whose weapon is…...

Hammerfist ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

In a grim future, the people are kept under control by a horde of genetically-modified beings who look identical to...

Hammer-Head Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), MSX (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Hammer-Head is a horizontal-scrolling platform game. We take the role of Top, a secret agent, and we must to advance...

NES (1991) and Arcade (1990)

In the peaceful town of Carpentersville, some workers known as The Rusty Nailers decide to bulldoze a house that belongs...

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company is the sequel to Hammerin' Harry.This episode has Harry fighting more than just workers. He...

Hana no Star Kaidō NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Two musicians, Moeta and Goro, travel across Japan trying to gain musical stardom. Their journey in Japan takes them to...

Hans Kloss Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Atari 8-bit (1992)

Hans Kloss is a platform game unofficially based on the Polish TV series "Stawka Większa niż Życie". The protagonist, an...

Hao Kun no Fushigina Tabi NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Once there lived a sorcerer's apprentice named Hao who, day after day, did every thankless task the Great Wizard asked...

Happy Hippos: Auf Weltreise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Nintendo DS (2007)

The Happy Hippos - characters based on the collection figure series known from Ferrero's Kinder Surprise - want to explore...

HappyLand Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

DOS (2000), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2011)

HappyLand is a side scrolling platform jumping game that requires you to gather and lead happyland animals to the happyzones....

Windows (2000)

HappyLand Adventures: X-mas Edition is a Christmas-themed follow-up to the original Happyland Adventures with a special set of levels with...

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm is based on the Happy Tree Friends flash cartoon series where cutely drawn animals end...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Harald Hardtooth is a tooth with a face, arms, legs and a bowtie, armed with a tube of toothpaste. He...

Hard Hat Mack PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Hard Hat Mack is a platform game similar in concept to Donkey Kong. The player controls a worker who must...

Hard 'n' Heavy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Jump and Run game during which a little robot (named 'Heavy' respectively 'Metal') runs through five side scrolling worlds (a...

Harlequin Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Harlequin grew up living in Chimerica - paradise for any inquisitive child with its vast acres of surprise. When he...

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