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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Holiday Lemmings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (1992)

Based on the original classic game Lemmings, Holiday Lemmings was a small stand-alone game that was released during the early...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2004)

Ybelle and Ludar have come to Holotz's Castle to explore its depths for fame and adventure. Though apparently, Ludar our...

Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

In this spin-off from the Grotesque Tactics the demi-god called Holy Avatar and his Guild of Maidens take a vacation...

Holy Diver NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Randy, the Holy Diver, is setting out to retrieve the five emblem seals belonging to the King Crimson Family in...

SNES (1995)

In Holy Umbrella you control a schoolboy who lives in modern-day Japan. One day, the sky suddenly turns dark blue,...

Home Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

The protagonist of Home is an aged man sent to old people's home. His time is needed for four actions:...

Home Alone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

This is a platform game based on the movie "Home Alone". Kevin's family went on vacation, but they forgot about...

Home Alone Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

Macaulay Culkin briefly became a child star following the film Home Alone, in which he played Kevin McCallister, who is...

Home Alone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and SNES (1991)

Kevin is left alone at home while his family is celebrating the holidays elsewhere. Unfortunately for him, two burglars have...

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The sequel to Home Alone.As in the film, this time Kevin McCallister is lost in New York and must avoid...

Genesis (1993)

The McCallister family is off to Miami for a Christmas vacation in the sun. The son, Kevin, ends up on...

SNES (1994)

Based off the hit sitcom, Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor's name has been put Binford's new line of power tools...

Hong Kong Phooey: No.1 Super Guy Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Nr. 1 Super Guy is a straightforward platform action game where you play as Hong Kong Phooey himself to help...

Hook SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), SEGA CD (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

In this video game adaption of the Steven Spielberg film Hook, the player takes the role of a grown-up Peter...

Hook Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In Hook, based on the 1991 film by Steven Spielberg, the player controls Peter Pan who is trying to rescue...

Hook Champ iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Explore deep caves to find sacred idols and loot treasure - but watch out for the terrifying monsters, bats, traps...

DOS (1996)

The bio-droid, Hopy-ONE, was created in a laboratory Professor Jonathan Silt had set up in 2013 to research the F.L.V....

Horace Goes Skiing Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

A more accurate title for this would be "Horace Goes Skiing, but only if he can brave a Frogger clone...

Horace & The Spiders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

A short platformer with three stages. First Horace must jump over spiders while running forward. The next stage is reached...

Horn Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Horn is an action-adventure game. The player takes control of Horn, a young boy who mysteriously wakes up one day...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Originating on the arcades (where it was known as Demon's World to the Western audience), Horror Story is an "old-style"...

Horror Zombies from the Crypt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Horror Zombies from the Crypt pays homage to the horror genre of the 1950's by creating Count Frederick Valdemar (our...

Hotel Mario CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

This is a puzzle game based on the Nintendo character Mario. The Princess has invited Mario and Luigi to a...

Hotshot Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

A simple two-player game released to much marketing fanfare, Hotshot places you and another player (either another person or an...

The Houchi Play Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

The Houchi Play is a 2D side-scrolling title based on the popular real-life children's game Statues. The aim of the...

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