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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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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...

Janitor Joe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984)

Janitor Joe is an action platform game. On an automated space station all of the robots have gone crazy, and...

Janosik Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994), Atari 8-bit (1994) and ZX Spectrum (2013)

Janosik wasn't afraid to stand against greedy nobles, avenging their cruelties done to simple folk living in Carpathian Mountains. When...

Windows (2002)

Jardinains! is a one player break-out game featuring 50 levels. Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some...

Windows (2007)

Jardinains 2! is a break-out game and sequel to Jardinains!.Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some bricks...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Jaskiniowiec is a side-view action game similar to Prehistorik. The protagonist of the game is a caveman. The task is...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Jasper the mouse must face 22 screens in this platform puzzler. Tonnes of objects are placed throughout the game, and...

Jasper's Journeys Browser Front Cover

Linux (2011), DOS (1997), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2013)

Jasper's cat has been nabbed by a nasty witch who intends to use him as an ingredient for her incredibly...

Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Jazz Jackrabbit is the PC world's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog. In this platform game, Jazz, the hero of the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A cross between Bugs Bunny and Han Solo, Jazz is up to his usual world saving tricks, although this time...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Jazz the jackrabbit was just about to marry his girlfriend Eva Earlong, when his arch-nemesis, the turtle Devan Shell, stole...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Holiday Hare 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Control Jazz (or his brother Spaz) blasting away all kinds of turtles and other creatures in this special edition of...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Christmas Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Christmas Chronicles is the third re-release of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, following Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Holiday Hare 98 (1998) and...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The Secret Files contains Jazz Jackrabbit 2 and an additional separate episode. It features nine new levels containing new textures,...

Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This special CD-ROM edition of Jazz Jackrabbit contains the original six episodes, plus three new ones. These episodes ("Outta Dis...

DOS (1994)

Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1994 is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular hare. Jazz must survive three areas of Holidaius...

DOS (1995)

Played all six episodes of Jazz Jackrabbit and still can't get enough? Then play this special "Christmas" edition of Jazz....

JelloCar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and iPhone (2008)

JelloCar is a platform game where the player needs to steer a car to a checkpoint to complete the level....

Jelly Boy SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Jelly Boy is a gelatinous humanoid pink blob on a mission throughout some strange worlds. He travels throughout such landscapes...

Game Boy (1994)

Jelly Boy is a platformer in which the player controls a pink blob with transformation abilities. In comparison to the...

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