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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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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...

DOS (1998), Browser (2011) and GP32 (2003)

A real-time multiplayer-only keyboard-crowding (or network) game, this game pits up to four human-operated cute fuzzy widdle bunnies against each...

Jump Start 1st - 3rd Grade Learning Playground Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

A compilation of the games Jump Start Reading Jump Start Math Jump Start Explorers

Apple II (1987)

You control Fred. Fred's job is to jump the cannonball barreling toward him. When he reaches the end of a...

Jump Ultimate Stars Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Jump Ultimate Stars is more or less an expanded version of the original game, Jump Super Stars. It features the...

The Jungle Book Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

This 8-bit adaptation of Disney's 1967 animated film Jungle Book is slightly different from the other versions. Although most of...

Jungle Hunt PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1984), TI-99/4A (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Jungle Hunt offers four unique adventure experiences, which repeat with greater difficulty once all four have been survived. If you...

DOS (1995)

Based on the 1993 Danish animated film, "Jungledyret". The plot is about a rare jungle animal named Jack (aka, Hugo)...

Jungle no Ōja Tar-chan SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Jungle no Ōja Tar-chan is a 2D platform game, similar to the Super Mario Bros. series. Here you also have...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Junior's Revenge is a feature-complete clone of Donkey Kong Jr.. All four stages of the original are present.Junior, son of...

TI-99/4A (1986)

Junkman Junior is a clone of the game Jumpman Junior. Your goal is to collect all of the junk on...

Jurassic Park Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

One of many games based on the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, the version for Sega's 8-bit systems combines side-scrolling shooting...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Jurassic Park II is a platform shooter. The game's story is loosely based on the hit movie Jurassic Park. During...

Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender is a game based on the Jurassic Park 3 franchise. You play a Dino Defender...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

More closely based on the events of the movie, Jurassic Park III, you play Paleontologist Alan Grant who is part...

Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

A unique combination of side-scrolling platform and puzzle solving genres, where you must solve the puzzles behind the DNA of...

Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and SNES (1994)

One year after the events of the Jurassic Park, John Hammond wants to bring Jurassic Park back and he sends...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Justice league, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, must combine their strengths to...

Kaan: Barbarian's Blade  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Kaan: Barbarian's Blade is a 3D action game in which the titular protagonist must recover the stolen Orb of Hope...

Kabuki: Quantum Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In this futuristic platform game, a computer virus has affected the Earth's defense systems. A lone warrior is transferred into...

Kacper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Kacper is a platform adventure game. Kacper's fiancée was kidnapped and imprisoned in the castle. The player must find a...

Kaeru no tame ni Kane wa Naru Nintendo 3DS Front Cover Icon

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Prince Richard and Prince Sablé have been rivals since they were young. When news arrives of a princess in a...

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