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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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Kaleidoscope Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kaleidoscope is a side-scrolling platformer in which three "Pigments" may be collected in each level and accumulated to unlock any...

Kalm Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kalm is a side-scrolling platform game starring a man with a gun. This man can run, jump, double-jump, and fire...

Kameo: Elements of Power Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2005)

Kameo: Elements of Power was one of the Xbox 360 launch games and puts you in the role of the...

Kangaroo Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982) and Arcade (1982)

Baby Roo has been kidnapped by monkeys, and it's up to Mama Roo to come to the rescue! Your kangaroo...

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Kang Fu is a standard, side-scrolling platformer. The player takes control over Klont, a kangaroo, who has travel to numerous...

Kanshakudama Nage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan Tsugi Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1986), Wii (2008) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Players take the role of Kantarou, whose occupation is to make fireworks. He is currently traveling on the Tokaido highway...

Kaolao Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Kaolao is a child Aztec shaman stuck in the future. His only hope to get back to the present is...

Kao the Kangaroo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

A kangaroo named Kao was playing with his friends in his native Australia, when suddenly evil hunters appeared, put him...

Kao the Kangaroo Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Crikey! Kao's been stolen from down under! It's up to you to get him home to the Outback.Unlike the Windows...

Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 is a third-person perspective platform game about a young, cute, yellow kangaroo, who saves animals...

Kaptein Sabeltann Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Kaptein Sabeltann is a game based on the Norwegian fictional pirate of the same name, known in English as Captain...

NES (1987)

Based on the 1986 John G. Avildsen film, The Karate Kid 2. The Karate Kid is a beat'em up game...

Karin and the Hidden Lake Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2009)

Karin and the Hidden Lake is a short platformer about a girl who enters a forest to pick flowers during...

Karnov PC Booter Front Cover

DOS (1987), PC Booter (1987), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), Macintosh (1989) and Arcade (1987)

Jinborov Karnovski (also known as the titular Karnov), is a Russian circus strongman who is collecting all of the pieces...

Karoshi 2.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Karoshi 2.0 (Jap. 過労死 - "death from overwork") is the continuation of an idea expressed in the first game. The...

Karoshi Factory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

Karoshi Factory is the third game in the Karoshi series and it consists of 25 levels that are completed by...

Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman is a flash version based on the previous Karoshi games. It mixes stages along from the original...

WonderSwan (1999)

In this game, you control a boy named Klonoa. One day he sees a dream in which he learns that...

Keio Flying Squadron 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

Keio Flying Squadron 2 is a 2D platform game, departing from the shoot 'em up-oriented style of its predecessor. The...

Keith Courage in Alpha Zones TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988)

As a member of N.I.C.E. (Nations for International Citizens of Earth), Keith Courage takes up the fight against the aliens...

SNES (1993)

Josephine is a teenage girl who is currently attending Honest Osaki's Kendo School and Used Car Sales to learn Kendo...

Kenny’s Adventure: In search of family treasures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

A band of pirates has stolen the Crystal of Destiny. Worse yet, they've broken this relic and have strewn in...

Kenseiden SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

In Kenseiden, you play Hayato, a fearless samurai warrior. You must get back the stolen swords and scrolls, and defeat...

Kernaw Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Kernaw is a platform game. The player's goal is to beat a dragon tyrant. To complete the task, the player...

Kero Kero 7 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Life in the world of Kerorinpo is pretty peaceful thanks to the actions of the Kero Kero Agency, a group...

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