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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Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Kaznapped! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

It's been a long world tour for Puffy AmiYumi, one of Japan's best rock groups. All they want to do...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

A scientist named Arnold Steiner researches the ancient civilization of Indios in Central America. However, following a breakthrough discovery, Steiner...

Hinotori NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Based on the Osamu Tezuka's manga "Phoenix", this platformer is mostly based on the fifth volume, "Hō-ō" (later called "Karma"...

Commodore 64 (1991), Atari 8-bit (2008), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), BBC Micro (1990) and Electron (1990)

Zanock, the only son of the king of Altoris, must cross the swamps of the hobgoblins to bring back the...

Hocus Pocus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1994), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Hocus Pocus is a young magician apprentice who has two goals in life: to join the Council of Wizards in...

Amiga (1992)

Hoi is a small green dinosaur, who must venture through 5 levels to reach the area in which female dinosaurs...

Hokuto no Ken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Hokuto no Ken is a side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The player controls Kenshiro,...

Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitō Denshōken Haō e no Michi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The three RPGs (Hokuto no Ken 3-5) seemed to symbolize a genre change after the first two platformers, but the...

Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshōsha e no Michi  SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Similar to the sixth installment of the series, this is a fighting game along the lines of Street Fighter or...

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer is a 2D-demake of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus for the TRS-80...

Holiday Lemmings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (1992)

Based on the original classic game Lemmings, Holiday Lemmings was a small stand-alone game that was released during the early...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2004)

Ybelle and Ludar have come to Holotz's Castle to explore its depths for fame and adventure. Though apparently, Ludar our...

Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

In this spin-off from the Grotesque Tactics the demi-god called Holy Avatar and his Guild of Maidens take a vacation...

Holy Diver NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Randy, the Holy Diver, is setting out to retrieve the five emblem seals belonging to the King Crimson Family in...

SNES (1995)

In Holy Umbrella you control a schoolboy who lives in modern-day Japan. One day, the sky suddenly turns dark blue,...

Home Alone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

This is a platform game based on the movie "Home Alone". Kevin's family went on vacation, but they forgot about...

Home Alone Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

Macaulay Culkin briefly became a child star following the film Home Alone, in which he played Kevin McCallister, who is...

Home Alone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and SNES (1991)

Kevin is left alone at home while his family is celebrating the holidays elsewhere. Unfortunately for him, two burglars have...

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The sequel to Home Alone.As in the film, this time Kevin McCallister is lost in New York and must avoid...

Genesis (1993)

The McCallister family is off to Miami for a Christmas vacation in the sun. The son, Kevin, ends up on...

SNES (1994)

Based off the hit sitcom, Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor's name has been put Binford's new line of power tools...

Hong Kong Phooey: No.1 Super Guy Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Nr. 1 Super Guy is a straightforward platform action game where you play as Hong Kong Phooey himself to help...

Hook SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), SEGA CD (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

In this video game adaption of the Steven Spielberg film Hook, the player takes the role of a grown-up Peter...

Hook Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In Hook, based on the 1991 film by Steven Spielberg, the player controls Peter Pan who is trying to rescue...

Hook Champ iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Explore deep caves to find sacred idols and loot treasure - but watch out for the terrifying monsters, bats, traps...

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