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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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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...

Impossible Mission II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Wii (2008)

You have 8 hours to prevent Elvin, a psychotic genius, from destroying the world in this sequel to Impossible Mission....

In 80 Days Around the World Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Based on a tale first scripted by Jules Verne. You start as Phileas Fogg in the Reform Club of London...

SNES (1996)

In Incantation you are controlling a young wizard who has to complete several jump'n'run levels. Enemies are defeated by using...

J2ME (2006)

After the Ukrainian Chernobyl disaster in 1986, scientists put forward a new hypothesis about the cause based on mascots of...

The Incredible Adventures of Moebius Goatlizard Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (2013)

The oddly-named Moebius Goatlizard is a conversion of the SAM Coupé game Lost Disks of SAM, itself a conversion of...

The Incredible Crash Dummies SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993) and Amiga (1994)

At a time when computer games were being blamed for violence, bad language, epilepsy and everything else the ‘moral majority’...

NES (1994)

Junkman breaks into the crash test center and kidnaps two of the Incredible Crash Dummies, Daryl and Spare Tire with...

The Incredible Crash Dummies Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The Crash Dummies need to earn some money so they've taken on some odd jobs. And when it comes to...

The Incredible Hulk Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Game Gear (1995) and SEGA Master System (1994)

In this side-scrolling action game you fight against your arch-enemy The Leader and his forces (Rhino, Absorbing Man, Abomination and...

Incredible Shrinking Fireman ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Sid the Fireman's life is ruined when he falls into a shrinking machine, whilst dealing with a fire at a...

The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

The Incredibles: Rise of The Underminer is the sequel to The Incredibles. This game continues where the Pixar movie of...

The Incredibles Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This game is based on the hit Pixar film of the same name and same plot.The action game sees you...

Incredipede Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Incredipede is a platformer puzzle game, where the player controls Quozzle. One day, men on great ships came to her...

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