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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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Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Hollywood is in an uproar - the Edgar awards for films have been stolen! The culprit is none other than...

Animorphs: Shattered Reality PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Animorphs: Shattered Reality is a quasi-3D platformer based on the popular Scholastic book series. A quick back story: Earth is...

Anmynor Puzzles Windows Front Cover

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

Anmynor Puzzles is a puzzle solving game where golems are transporting runes to a given destination. Each golem has a...

Commodore 64 (1991)

San Francisco 2016. A series of earthquakes has damaged several nuclear power plants, and the subsequent nuclear contamination has forced...

Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This is an updated version of Another World for the 15th anniversary of the original game. The basic resolution of...

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2014), iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014), Xbox One (2014) and Ouya (2013)

This is an updated version of Another World for the 20th anniversary of the original game, five years after the...

DOS (1995)

Antagony is a 2D versus fighting game with cartoon graphics. The game features seven characters with standard and special attacks,...

Antz Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Antz is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. You take the role of Z, and...

Windows 3.x (1994)

While in Arizona, USA you enter the house of 65 years old Reynold and Viola and meet 18 characters who...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Aoi Blink is a side-scrolling platformer based on the TV anime series of the same name. The five levels are...

DOS (1993)

Apachacha is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, starring a Native American warrior who must save the land...

Ape Escape PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Specter, a popular attraction at the amusement park, has been transformed from a mild-mannered monkey into a scheming simian through...

Ape Escape 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Ape Escape 2 is the sequel to Ape Escape. In this platform game it's your goal to catch all the...

Ape Escape 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Specter is back once again in the third main game in the Ape Escape series. With the help of a...

Ape Escape: On the Loose PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

There's trouble brewing at the zoo! An albino monkey called Specter got his paws on a Peak Point Helmet, making...

J2ME (2004)

Apocalypse 3000 is a side-scrolling platform game set in the year 3081. Planet X-14 in the Uricane solar has been...

Apogee's Greatest Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 15 games, all shareware versions, by Apogee: Bio Menace Commander Keen: Goodbye, Galaxy! Commander Keen 1: Marooned...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1983)

The player as a spider has to make their way through several obstacles to the top of an apple cider...

Apple Jack Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Apple Jack places you in the shoes of the apple headed hero of the game - Jack, who's beloved pet...

Apple Panic Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

Apple Panic is a platform game based on the arcade game Space Panic (1980, Universal) and ported to the Apple...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

If you can defeat the dragon Fumo, your status as a magician will be ensured. Many have tried to rid...

The Apprentice CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

Far from the "multimedia" titles that formed the stock of the CDi's software library, The Apprentice is a plain old...

A Prehistoric Tale Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Play the role of a time traveler whose job is to rescue dinosaur eggs from an unsafe environment so they...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In the year 2069, the British ship "Elias Rits" sailed to Kermadec Island on a private investigation mission. Shortly thereafter,...

Arabian Nights Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

In Arabian Nights, you play Sinbad Jr., a gardener at the royal palace who loves to sneak a peek at...

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