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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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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)

While sharing the name with the SNES title, the Game Boy version of Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues...

Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues SNES Front Cover

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...

NES (1988)

Kaette Kita Mario Bros. is an upgraded Famicom Disk System version of the first NES port of the arcade game...

Sharp X1 (1983)

Kagirinaki Tatakai is a vertically structured platform shooter. The player controls a character whose goal is to descend as deep...

NES (1991)

One day, a mysterious theme park called Karakuri Land appeared in Edo. In it were various mechanical attractions, built around...

NES (1993)

The princess has been kidnapped again, this time by a pair of menacing-looking figures. Locked in a tower, she manages...

Kairobotica Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

In Kairobotica, a brigade of mass-produced square-headed robots, the Kairobot Corps, is charged with keeping peace in the universe. They...

Windows (2004)

Kaiser Kitty is a platform puzzle game starring the eponymous hero, ruler of Kittyland and proud bearer of Kitty Edge,...

Kai Temple ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Kai Temple is a simple platform game. The player is trapped inside the temple and must escape. Their only weapons...

Kaiten Patissier! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pipi is a girl who loves children. She travels from village to village, making delicious sweets and giving them to...

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 NES 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...

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