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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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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...

DOS (1990)

A colourful but resource-efficient unauthorised fan remake of an arcade classic, all of the salient elements remain from the absurd...

Judge Dredd DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Game Boy (1995), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

Judge Dredd is a platform action game based on the British comic book character of the same name and the...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Just another day for Judge Dredd in Mega City One as he fights crime and tries to return the city...

Supervision (1992)

Juggler is an action game where the player controls a magician who can create large floating bubbles. The object of...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Based on the Swedish 1999 Christmas calender show by the same name (aired on SVT), a adventure game with many...

Windows 3.x (1997)

A collection of five mini-games based loosely on the movie of the same name.All of the games are standard arcade-reflex...

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), MSX (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

This arcade game is a cross between Breakout and Space Invaders. Player controls an electromechanical robot, who walks along the...

JUMP! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A giant Iron Crab has appeared, and is dropping bombs all over the place. Someone needs to stop it, and...

Windows (2004)

Jumper! is a freeware platform game starring Ogmo, a creature created in a lab by the army as a weapon...

Jumper: Griffin's Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Jumper: Griffin's Story is an extension of the movie, Jumper, that starred Hayden Christensen. This version tells the story of...

Jumper: Redux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Jumper: Redux is Matt Thorson's freeware remake of one of his earlier releases, a platform game starring a mutant creature...

Jumping Flash! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2006), PlayStation 3 (2006), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Jumping Flash is a first-person 3D action platformer where the player must use their triple-jump and special weapons to defeat...

Jumping Flash! 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Just like in the predecessor you jump around a 3D scenery and try to find all the Muumuus hidden in...

Atari ST (1992)

Jumping Ghost is a one screen multilevel platform game where the aim of each level is to make it to...

Jumping Jack Dragon 32/64 Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Reaching the tops of 20 screens is the aim of Jack's life. The ledges go right across the screen, with...

Sord M5 (1986)

"Inspired" by the ZX Spectrum game of the same name (also known as Leggit), Jumping Jack has you jumping upwards...

Arcade (2001)

Jumping Pop is a 2D arcade platform game, very similar to Nightmare in the Dark with colorful graphics. Player is...

Jumpin' Jack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The story in this game is about Timbergrotes which are yellow, muppet-like creatures who live in hollowed-out trees. The main...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Jumpin' Jimmy is a platform game where you control a kangaroo attempting to collect fruit and baby kangaroos over four...

Jump Jack 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Jack is back, even if it is not entirely voluntary this time. We all remember that Jack's girlfriend was kidnapped...

Jumpman PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Wii (2008)

Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade...

Jumpman Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Jumpman is a puzzle platformer made to look like a Atari 2006 or Apple // retro game from the early...

Jumpman Junior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Jumpman Junior is the sequel to Jumpman and features similar gameplay with all new levels. As Jumpman, your goal is...

DOS (1991)

This shareware adaptation of the classic Epyx game featured all of the levels from Jumpman and Jumpman Junior, along with...

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