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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Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm is based on the Happy Tree Friends flash cartoon series where cutely drawn animals end...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Harald Hardtooth is a tooth with a face, arms, legs and a bowtie, armed with a tube of toothpaste. He...

Hard Hat Mack PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Hard Hat Mack is a platform game similar in concept to Donkey Kong. The player controls a worker who must...

Arcade (1988)

Hard Head is a 2D side-scrolling platform game that puts players in the shoes of a 'Hard Head' - it's...

Arcade (1991)

Hard Head 2 is a 2D side-scrolling platform game that puts players in the shoes of a Hard Head and...

Hard 'n' Heavy Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Jump and Run game during which a little robot (named 'Heavy' respectively 'Metal') runs through five side scrolling worlds (a...

Harlequin Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Harlequin grew up living in Chimerica - paradise for any inquisitive child with its vast acres of surprise. When he...

Harley's Humongous Adventure SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

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

HarmoKnight Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

HarmoKnight is a side-scrolling rhythm platformer starring Tempo, a young boy from the planet Melodia. When aliens attack the planet...

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....

Atari ST (1996)

Sissy and Sassy have lost their playing card deck. On a journey through Heartland they try to get all the...

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...

Hellfire ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Hellfire vests the player as Ulysses forcing him to pass a repeating set of three trials which will become increasingly...

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...

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