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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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Atari ST (1993)

Kubes is a puzzle game written in STOS where you have to arrange falling blocks of similar colors into groups....

Amiga (1994)

Kungfu Charles is a freeware game that was included on the cover disc of the UK Amiga magazine 'The One'...

Kung Fu Kid SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

The wicked Madanda has just awakened from a sleep of several thousand years, and as the hero, your job is...

Kung-Fu Live PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Kung-Fu Live is a side scrolling arcade style fighting game that uses the Playstation Eye camera to track the player...

Kung Fu Panda Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In this game based on the 2008 DreamWorks movie of the same name, the player is Po the panda. Po...

Kya: Dark Lineage PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Kya and her brother Frank have been transported into a different dimension, and upon arriving are separated! Kya meets (and...

Kyatto Ninden Teyandee NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Edoropolis is home to a race of Animaloids, anthropomorphic animals which are a combination of flesh and cybernetic body parts....

Windows (2008)

Considering that side-scrolling is a hallmark of platform games, you'd figure that they'd prompt players to exercise more lateral thinking....

l'Abbaye des Morts Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2010)

In the 13th century, the Catholic Church used it's soldiers to expel the members of the religious order of the...

DOS (1992)

Ladder Man I is a puzzle game that was distributed freely, i.e. without a registration fee, to publicise Soleau Software's...

DOS (1992)

Ladder Man II is a the second Ladder Man in Soleau Software's Mindscape series.In terms of game play it is...

DOS (1995)

Help Ladder Man collect all the light bulbs in each of the 30 puzzle rooms and then try to reach...

Lady Cruncher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Lady Cruncher is a single player, 3-D, Pac-Man clone. The object of the game is to achieve a high score...

Lady Sia Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Lady Sia is a young female warrior princess who's attempting to save her homeland from the cruel beastmen, the T'soas....

DOS (1995)

La escoba (Broom) is an electronic version of known Spanish card game of the same name. This variant of La...

Lafuma Unlimit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Lafuma Unlimit is a platform game. The world is invaded by horrible polluting blobs, run by the king of the...

Lagaf': Les Aventures de Moktar - Vol 1: La Zoubida Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Moktar is an Arabian man who is lost in the big city. You must bring him back to the Arab...

Lame Castle iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010) and Android (2010)

Lame Castle is a game where the player's goal is to destroy the castle at the end of each level....

Lament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Lament is a puzzle platformer controlling the girl Emma and it incorporates patterns of sounds to solve puzzles. Emma needs...

La•Mulana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

La•Mulana is a platform title that was five years in development and was designed to look like an MSX game....

Atari 8-bit (1996)

Lancelot is a platform game. The player assumes the role of a green gnome, named Lancelot. His task is to...

PlayStation (2003)

The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure is a single player platform game based on Disney's film The Land Before...

The Land Before Time Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Game Boy Advance (2001)

Jump'n Run Game for the Game Boy Color featuring the Characters from the Universal Cartoon 'The Land before Time'. Different...

Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1992)

Mickey Mouse is reading an interesting book and suddenly find himself in a strange, dreamy village. He is told that...

Landstalker: Treasure of King Nole Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1992) and Wii (2007)

An experienced treasure hunter named Nigel is on a quest to obtain the valuable Statue of Jypta. After successfully recovering...

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