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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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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...

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...

Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf is a hectic game written as a collaboration with the digital music album Nittiotremo by the...

DOS (1996)

Collect the fruit, avoid the snakes and creatures and try not to fall in any pitfalls in Kid. Stephan Vogler's...

Kid Chameleon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1992) and Wii (2007)

Kid Chameleon is a side-scrolling platform game in which the main character has entered a virtual reality game called "Wild...

Kid Chaos Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Kid Chaos is transported from the stone age into an unknown world by evil scientists from the future. Now he...

Kid Dracula Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Kid Dracula is a side-scroller and a parody of the Castlevania series. The difference is you play as a young...

Kid Gloves Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Although not released for 8-bit systems, this platform game has a definite Commodore 64 feel to it. Bright primary colours...

Kid Gloves II: The Journey Back Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

A platform game resembling Mario and Wonderboy quite strongly. Kid must rescue the woman he loves by crossing 6 worlds,...

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

An evil force is threatening to invade the Angel Land. Palutena, the ruler-goddess, sends a warrior named Pit on a...

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