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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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Amiga (1988)

In Iceball the player takes the role of a bouncing ball which has to solve 50 levels. The goal of...

Icebreaker Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Icebreaker is a Flash-based puzzle game in which the player has to free Vikings frozen solid in the ice, and...

Ice Climber Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1985), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1985), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Sharp X1 (1985), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1984)

In Ice Climber one or two players need to climb their way to the top of 32 different mountains. Each...

Ice Guys Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1997)

Last winter, there was a day when more snow fell than ever before. That's why people all over the world...

Amiga (1991)

Ice Runner is a Lode Runner variant set in Antarctica. In several one-screen levels, the player has to navigate platforms...

The Ice Temple Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Nick Razor's pride and joy was his brand new 'Hot Hatchback' Space Cruiser. He had spent all his last salary...

ICO PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ico is a boy with horns. At the age of twelve, when his horns grew large enough, the elders send...

I.C.U.P.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

You want to become a special agent for I.C.U.P.S. (International Commission for Universal Problem Solving), but before they can accept...

Icy Escort Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2013)

In this online flash game your goal is to help Mother Penguin to collect her kids that have gone missing....

Icy Tower Android Front Cover

Windows (2001), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Icy Tower is seen in a traditional platform side view and players control Harold the Homeboy as he attempts to...

id Anthology DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

The id Anthology is a collection of all the games id Software made up to Quake. It also contains collectables,...

Iggy's Reckin' Balls Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

It's a race to the top of the tower, as you control a collection of ball like characters up spiral...

Igneous Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Igneous is a very fast action platformer where the player controls a tiki totem that tries to escape from an...

Genesis (1992)

Doki Doki Penguin Land MD is a 16-bit remake of the classic Master System puzzle game Penguin Land. The player...

Atari ST (1987)

Illusion is a colorful break-out game for one player. The theme of the game is computers so the bricks are...

Atari 8-bit (1984)

This is a compilation of three games by Imagic: Laser Gates, Quickstep and Wing War.Laser Gates is a side scrolling...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Life as a Pharoh for Zoser has been a prosperous and peaceful time in Egypt until in his tenth year...

Imogen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Drunk on power after defeating a terrible dragon, an enchanter's mind snaps and for the good of himself and the...

Impossamole Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BlackBerry (2013)

Monty Mole has been living in luxury since his previous adventures, but he has now been beamed up by an...

The Impossible Avatar Getaway 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The Impossible Avatar Getaway 2 is the sequel to the first title, and is conceptually identical: the player's avatar continually...

The Impossible Avatar Getaway Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The Impossible Avatar Getaway is neatly summed up by its title: The player controls their Xbox Avatar, who must escape...

The Impossible Game Xbox 360 Front Cover

PSP (2011), Symbian (2011), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

The Impossible Game is a platform game much like Canabalt, where the stage is perpetually moving forward and the goal...

Impossible Mission SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), Wii (2008), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986), PC-88 (1985) and Sharp X1 (1985)

You play a secret agent on a quest to stop the evil Professor Elvin Atombender, who is believed to be...

Impossible Mission Nintendo DS Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), Nintendo DS (2007), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

In six hours the evil Professor Elvin Atombender's nuclear missiles will launch and destroy strategic locations on the earth. Only...

Impossible Mission 2025 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The evil Elvin Atombender returns in this modernized version of Epyx's original game. Elvin has assembled a crack team of...

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