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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Harley's Humongous Adventure SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Harley is a hip, young scientist who happens to have an IQ the size of Mt. Rushmore. While experimenting with...

PC-88 (1984) and Sharp X1 (1983)

The player's goal in Harvest is to collect all apples on single screen level layout with his cat-resembling character, while...

Arcade (1988)

Haunted Castle is a 2D arcade platform game, part of the Castlevania game universe. It's the first game in the...

Haven: Call of the King PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The King Athellion has left his homeworld to fight in an intergalactic crusade. He left behind a huge bell -...

Hawkeye Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

A bi-directional horizontally scrolling platform game, Hawkeye has the player in control of an SLF (Synthetic Life Form) controlled from...

Hawk Moon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Hawk Moon is an arcade platform game. The player assumes the role of smuggler Johnnie. The aim is to find...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Hawk Storm is a brave warrior living on the planet Edos, and its citizens look up to him for survival....

Heart of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Andy is a child who likes playing with his dog Whiskey, doesn't particularly enjoy going to school, and has a...

Heatseeker Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990)

On the planet Tantris are the Triphylios of Nem plants, which help keep the populous alive and the vast forests...

Heavy Recoil: Convoy Chaser Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014) and Ouya (2013)

Heavy Recoil: Convoy Chaser is a 2D side-scrolling platform run-and-gun game. The player can control one from three characters: Matti,...

BBC Micro (1983)

Heist is a single screen platform game where the player takes control of a bank manager who's task it is...

The Heist Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1985)

As a cat burglar, it's up to you to collect all of the valuable paintings from each level while avoiding...

Hektik Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In Hektik, the object is to destroy all the monsters on screen that chase the player around the level, based...

Helix Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Helix is a platform game. The player's task is to crawl through a hundred chambers of an old castle to...

Hell Hole Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1991)

A side scrolling platformer that casts you as a soldier dropped behind enemy lines. Battle aliens and navigate platforms to...

Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue Windows Front Cover

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

When Sanrio Town is invaded by the evil King Block and his minions, only one skating kitten can save the...

Hello Kitty World NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

The little kitten Kitty, her kitten friend Mimi and their bear friend Tippy love playing with balloons. One day, Tippy...

Hell Yeah!: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Just like in space, nobody can hear you cry in Hell. That's why after finding out that some of his...

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Poppycock! When the number one pompous adventurer, Henry Hatsworth, discovers a golden hat deep in the jungle, it makes him...

Henry's House Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

In this platformer, the player has to guide Henry through the numerous rooms of his house. Each room is a...

Heppoko Kishi Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young traveler is has just arrived in a new city, when out of the blue, the king summons him...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

Herbert is a platform game where two players control ducks and race to be the fastest to a Stall. On...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Herbert's Dummy Run is the 4th game out of five in the Wally Week series (Automania, Pyjamarama, Everyone's a Wally...

Hercules Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

The 16-bit box calls this ‘The Ultimate Challenge’ and they’re not kidding; this flick-screen platform game is one of the...

Herdy Gerdy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Gerdy, an apprentice herder, embarks on a quest to rescue his father from an evil spell. His journey takes him...

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