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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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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....

Game Boy (1994)

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

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...

Jelly Wars iPad Front Cover

Symbian (2011), iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Jelly Wars is a battle game seeing 2 players struggle for win in a randomly chosen arena. Playing characters are...

Jersey Devil PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Jersey City is in trouble when evil Dr. Knarf and his pumpkin headed-assistant Dennis, rule. Dr. Knarf creates evil mutant...

Jet Ball iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Jet Ball is a Breakout-variant very similar to Arkanoid. Using a paddle and a ball, the player has to destroy...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Music notes have escaped throughout the world, and Jet-Boot Jack must collect them up. There are ten levels, the first...

DOS (1991)

Remaking the classic Spectrum game 'Jetpac' from Ultimate Play the Game, the titular hero must fly around shooting aliens, initially...

Windows (2008)

JetMizzy is a platform game where you control a jetpack-riding smiley face. On each level, the goal is to assemble...

Atari ST (1992)

First assemble your rocket by collecting the three rocket pieces with your jetpack, then fill it with fuel by collecting...

Jetpac ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Jetman has crash-landed on a distant planet, with ledges suspended in mid-air and populated by various nasties, and he must...

Jetpack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You are an explorer trying to gather green gems from more than 100 small dungeons. You have a jetpack and...

DOS (1993)

Jetpack Christmas Special is a freeware edition of Jetpack featuring new, Christmas themed levels from the original developers. In this...

Jetpack Jackass Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In Jetpack Jackass, the player controls a man with a jet pack. The man tries to get as high as...

Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

As a delivery pilot for the Acme Interstellar Transport Company, you're sent to far off distant planets to deliver rocket...

Jetpak: Solar Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This remake of the platform game of 1983 completely updates the presentation, replacing the graphics and sounds with new ones...

Jet Power Jack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In this platform-action-game based on Jet Pac you have to collect the fuel pods for Jack's flying saucer. To do...

DOS (1999), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This freeware remake of the 8-bit classic from 1984 updates the graphics and sounds, adding a unique classical melody for...

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