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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Hunter Hunted Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

The year is 2015. A race of technologically superior aliens known as the Masters have invaded many planets, exterminating or...

Hurrican Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hurrican, a freeware Windows remake of Turrican, is a fast-paced side-scrolling platformer. The player has to explore 9 levels and...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Featuring in a children's TV cartoon, The Hurricanes are the most revered team in the World Soccer League. The Gorgons...

Game Gear (1994)

Hurricanes is based on the 90's cartoon show. You play as Cal and must play through 12 levels. The objective...

MSX (1984) and SG-1000 (1984)

You are Chumy, the mouse. You live in the sewer, and you are hungry. Luckily, the sewer is filled with...

Hydraulik / Snowball Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

This compilation includes the following titles: Hydraulik is an arcade platform game. The player's task is to repair pipes damaged...

Jaguar (2000)

HyperForce is an action sci-fi platform game with 2D graphics. You play a warrior who has been sent to destroy...

SNES (1995)

Hyper Iria is based on the anime prequel to the sci-fi movie Zeiram. As in the anime and movie Iria...

Hyper Lode Runner Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Hyper Lode Runner plays similar to Lode Runner. You must run around on brick platforms gathering all the gold, while...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Hype: The Time Quest for the Game Boy Color lets you play as the Playmobil knight Hype, who has been...

Icarus Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Icarus is a short game that may draw inspiration from the classic Greek myth of Icarus, who fell into the...

Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games is an action game loosely based on the 2012 animated movie Ice Age:...

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is based on the animated movie of the same name. The story has the...

Amiga (1988)

In Iceball the player takes the role of a bouncing ball which has to solve 50 levels. The goal of...

Icebreaker Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Icebreaker is a Flash-based puzzle game in which the player has to free Vikings frozen solid in the ice, and...

Ice Climber Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1985), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1985), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Sharp X1 (1985), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1984)

In Ice Climber one or two players need to climb their way to the top of 32 different mountains. Each...

Ice Guys Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1997)

Last winter, there was a day when more snow fell than ever before. That's why people all over the world...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Ice Hunter is a single screen platformer where you play the role of Thorak the Eskimo, Prince of Ice, who...

Amiga (1991)

Ice Runner is a Lode Runner variant set in Antarctica. In several one-screen levels, the player has to navigate platforms...

The Ice Temple Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Nick Razor's pride and joy was his brand new 'Hot Hatchback' Space Cruiser. He had spent all his last salary...

ICO PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ico is a boy with horns. At the age of twelve, when his horns grew large enough, the elders send...

I.C.U.P.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

You want to become a special agent for I.C.U.P.S. (International Commission for Universal Problem Solving), but before they can accept...

Icy Escort Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2013)

In this online flash game your goal is to help Mother Penguin to collect her kids that have gone missing....

Icy Tower Android Front Cover

Windows (2001), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Icy Tower is seen in a traditional platform side view and players control Harold the Homeboy as he attempts to...

id Anthology DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

The id Anthology is a collection of all the games id Software made up to Quake. It also contains collectables,...

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