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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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Jill of the Jungle: Jill Goes Underground DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Jill of the Jungle 2 is the second in the Jill of the Jungle trilogy. It follows the same concept,...

Jill of the Jungle: Jill Saves the Prince DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The final installment in the Jill of the Jungle trilogy features improved animations, new graphics, new music, new levels and...

Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Trilogy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This compilation is the complete trilogy, including:Jill of the JungleJill Goes UndergroundJill Saves the Prince

Jim Henson's Muppets Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Rowlf, Gonzo the Great, Sam the Eagle and Swedish Chef all decide to travel back to the...

Windows (2008)

This is the second Jimmy's Lost His... title by Petri Purho but the gameplay and graphics are entirely different in...

Jim Power in "Mutant Planet" TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Jim Power was a hero who one day while travelling through the forest, encountered a dimensional rift into a strange...

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

In in this altered and expanded port of the original Amiga title, Earth has always blocked "The Lost Dimension" and...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Golden City is being run by the evil Ilfreet who lives in an inner sanctum surrounded by guards. Problem...

Jinx PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Jinx is a 3D platformer for the Playstation in the vein of other 3D platformers like Spyro. The main character...

J.J. & Jeff TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1987) and Wii (2007)

Kato & Ken Detective Agency are assigned the task of locating a missing rich man, and you can choose either...

Arcade (1993)

J. J. Squawkers is a 2D arcade platform game with colorful graphics. The player controls an anthropomorphic green bird (the...

Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts Atari 8-bit Front Cover Left

Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1991), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Zeppelin's second game licensed from the successful darts player has a much wider scope than the previous Jocky Wilson's Darts...

Joe Blade Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different...

Joe Gunn Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2007)

Joseph J. Gunn is a passionate archaeologist, who in the desert of Egypt stumbles upon an unknown pyramid. Could it...

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1991), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1991)

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where...

DOS (1993)

A fixed-screen platformer featuring a snowball as the title character, trapped in a series of caves where the chief dangers...

DOS (1993)

Another installment in the continuing adventures of our snowball hero, wherein he attempts to retain his solid phase despite the...

DOS (1993)

Joe Snow takes his wife Jill on a trip to Phlegm World, hoping to kick back for a bit after...

DOS (1993)

It's unclear who the aliens are and what they want, because we only have the title to go by, but...

Johnny Bazookatone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1996)

The original guitar hero with the Elvis attitude and purple hair pompadour, Johnny Bazookatone, has been imprisoned in the year...

Johnny Platform Saves Christmas! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Johnny Platform is back, and this time there's a Christmas that needs saving! More evil robots have appeared, and it's...

Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp is pretty much exactly what the title suggests: a man named Johnny jumps around on Platforms,...

Journey to Silius NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The year is 0373 in the new space age calendar. The earth's population is growing rapidly and people are now...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

In Journey to the Planets, you play a spacefarer who must find a way to return to his home planet....

Joust Lynx Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Lynx (1992), NES (1987), Atari ST (1986), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1983), Palm OS (2002), Xbox 360 (2005), Macintosh (1994) and Arcade (1982)

In Joust, players take control of a knight with a lance who rides their flying ostrich (or stork, for Player...

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