DescriptionPlatform 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.
Xbox 360 (2009)
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Jumper: Redux is Matt Thorson's freeware remake of one of his earlier releases, a platform game starring a mutant creature...
Atari ST (1992)
Jumping Ghost is a one screen multilevel platform game where the aim of each level is to make it to...
Sord M5 (1986)
"Inspired" by the ZX Spectrum game of the same name (also known as Leggit), Jumping Jack has you jumping upwards...
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Commodore 64 (1985)
Jumpin' Jimmy is a platform game where you control a kangaroo attempting to collect fruit and baby kangaroos over four...
Jack is back, even if it is not entirely voluntary this time. We all remember that Jack's girlfriend was kidnapped...
Jump Kids is 2D arcade single screen platform game, another clone of Snow Bros. The player controls a kids with...
Jupiter Ace (1984)
You are Jumpman and your aim in this single screen platform game is to collect all the fruit before ringing...
This shareware adaptation of the classic Epyx game featured all of the levels from Jumpman and Jumpman Junior, along with...
Apple II (1987)
You control Fred. Fred's job is to jump the cannonball barreling toward him. When he reaches the end of a...
Nintendo DS (2006)
Jump Ultimate Stars is more or less an expanded version of the original game, Jump Super Stars. It features the...
Jungle Hunt offers four unique adventure experiences, which repeat with greater difficulty once all four have been survived. If you...
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