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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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Commodore 64 (1986)

Otto and Bobban, two cowboy cleaners have been hired by a new hotel to clean it before the staff and...

Commodore 64 (1997)

It's Magic is a jump 'n run game about a tomcat called, well, Tommy who is trying to get back...

Itsy the Spider iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Itsy the Spider has only one goal: get as high as possible. And to fulfill that goal, he requires the...

Ivy the Kiwi? Wii Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Ivy the Kiwi? takes place in the Quiet Forest. One day, an egg falls from the sky, and from that...

I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The player is the Kid -- a rather diminutive, yet very ambitious character, whose goal in life is to gain...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Poor Teddy the bear. He's just had a bad dream and wants a hug from his mommy. Help Teddy climb...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A highly explosive and pretty logo has fell off the Empire's flagship and landed in a soap-bubble factory splitting into...

Jack and the Beanstalk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Jack and the Beanstalk has the player controlling Jack, a young boy determined to steal the giant's treasures. The game...

Jack Attack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

This is a simple action game where your aim is to crush 8 spinning heads in each level. This can...

Jack Frost Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Jack Frost is a platform game where the object is to cover the entire level in order to proceed to...

Jackie Chan Adventures PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The insidious Dark Hand clan, lead by Valmont, a man possessed by a Chinese demon called Shendu, are planning to...

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand is a side-scrolling brawler reminiscent of Double Dragon or Final Fight. Players...

Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Jackie Chan and his twin sister Josephine were great kung fu fighters in China and trained under a great master....

Jack's Crazy Cong Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Jack's Crazy Cong is a traditional jump-and-run game. It features more than 30 levels; additional levels can be downloaded from...

Jack the Nipper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Jack the Nipper is a platform game that contains 50 screens packed with action.Jack is an evil and wicked toddler....

Jack the Nipper... II in Coconut Capers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Naughty toddler Jack finds himself in Africa, with the aim of progressing through 192 screens of platform action. He starts...

Supervision (1992)

Jacky Lucky is a side-scrolling platformer starring a man who carries a big stick. The player controls this man as...

DOS (1994)

Jageun Manyeo ("Little Witch") is a hybrid of a platformer and a role-playing game. The titular character is a little...

NES (1986)

Another game in the Ninja Jajamaru-kun series. Players once again take control of the little red ninja Jajamaru as he...

Jak 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

One year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven...

Jak II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

After completing their quest from the original title, Jak and Daxter are shot into another time and space and the...

James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PlayStation (2003), PlayStation 2 (2006), Game Boy (1993), Game Boy Advance (2004), SNES (1993), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), Nintendo DS (2005), Amiga CD32 (1993) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

In his second adventure James Pond must retrieve the toys Dr Maybe has stolen. Pond has been armed with an...

James Pond 3: Operation Starfish SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994), Game Gear (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Unlike the first game of the series, that was a mission-based game, and the second one, where your character had...

James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

"James Pond" is (obviously) a parody on the famous agent 007 stories. You control Pond, a fish-like creature, who has...

DOS (1991)

Jang-gi simulates the Korean two-player board game similar to Chinese Chess and is unofficially called Korean Chess.The game is played...

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