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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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Kirby: Squeak Squad Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Kirby is enjoying his picnic until someone snatches his strawberry cake. As usual, it turns out be his eternal rival,...

Kirby Super Star SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Kirby Super Star is a platformer in the Kirby series, distinguished by having an unusually versatile character, who can fly...

Kirby Super Star Ultra Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Kirby's back with a bunch of fun adventures! Explore Dream Land and defeat King Dedede, tame the ferocious Dynablade, explore...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby stars in his first four-player simultaneous adventure! There's trouble in neighboring Mirror World, but when Kirby goes off to...

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

King Dedede is at it again, this time taking all of the stars from the sky. Thankfully for Dreamland, Kirby...

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

One night Kirby awakes atop a giant beanstalk which has sprouted beneath his home. The beanstalk has carried his home...

Kirikou Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Kirikou is an action game based on the animated film 'Kirikou et la Sorcière', or 'Kirikou and the Sorceress' as...

Kishin Dōji Zenki Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

Kishin Dōji Zenki is based on a TV and anime series. With help of demon spirit, the master of the...

Kishin Dōji ZENKI: Battle Raiden SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Once already Chiaki and her reluctant demon servant Zenki have saved the world from the forces of darkness, but apparently...

Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1995)

Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight is based on the manga Kishin Dōji Zenki by Kikuhide Tani. Once upon a...

Kitchen Panic PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Kitchen Panic is a whimsical 2D platformer starring a potato. An army of cans and other foodstuffs have taken over...

NES (1990)

This game is based on the manga and anime series of the same name as this game title. While the...

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2012)

The Kiwi's Tale is a sequel/remake of The New Zealand Story. Developed for the The Retro Remakes 2008 competition, it...

Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Klonoa returns in another puzzle-platform game for the Game Boy Advance. In this sequel, Klonoa is whisked away to a...

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Klonoa, our floppy-eared hero, along with his two newly found buddies, Lolo and Popka, have to foil a sinister force...

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

The energy from dreams is collected in the Moon Kingdom where it is given substance. This rule was broken when...

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Klonoa stars in his first adventure for the Game Boy Advance. An emperor who cannot sleep who has banned dreaming,...

Knack PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2013)

Knack is a third-person brawler featuring a protagonist that was assembled by a doctor from ancient relics. The creature is...

Knerten Gifter Seg Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Knerten Gifter Seg is a children's title based on the film with the same name (Known as Twigson Ties the...

Knight Flight Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

Knight Flight is a game similar to Joust where the players joust like medieval knights against each other, or the...

Knight Force DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In Knight Force, the land Belloth, crossroad between five time periods, was conquered by the evil wizard Red Sabbath. And...

Knight Lore ZX Spectrum Front Cover

NES (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

Our hero must reach Melkhior, a somewhat eccentric wizard who is the only one who can save him. As with...

Knight Lore Remake MSX Front Cover

MSX (2009)

The Knight Lore Remake for MSX 2 adds colors, new graphics and animation to the original, monochromatic 8-bit game, as...

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious is the sequel to Knightmare.The player controls the knight Popolon and his wife Aphrodite,...

Knight Tyme MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

After rescuing the wizard Gimbal, the Magic Knight finds himself transported into the 25th century aboard the peaceful trade starship...

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