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Platform

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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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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Special Agent Louis Mooney aka Leapin' Louie and you have been captured by the Grong Empire and you...

Learning with FuzzyWOMP Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1984)

There are four kinds of education as different games for kids. They include knowledge and order of the digits (the...

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Long ago, an evil dragon named Keela was imprisoned inside a magical dungeon. However time has passed and the magic...

Legendary Axe II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

The Axe is back... with twice the force and twice the fury of 1989's "Videogame of the Year"! This time...

The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988)

You are the mighty warrior Gogan, whose village has been required by the Jagu tribe to give a human sacrifice...

The Legendary Starfy Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

It's another peaceful day in the kingdom of Pufftop. Starfy was having a nap, when all of a sudden, there...

MSX (1988)

Once there was only one continent in the world. It was populated by magicians. At first they lived in peace,...

Legend of Hero Tonma TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1989)

A little caped hero called Tommy must fight his way to the boss' castle through a cute world to rescue...

Game Gear (1995) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Once upon a mouse, there was a kingdom that was ruled by the selfish king Pete. One day, a terrible...

The Legend of Kage 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

While being transported to the Iga village, the secret princess Kirihime is kidnapped by the evil Yoshiro Yukikusa, commander of...

Arcade (1988)

Legend of Makai is a 2D arcade platform game set in a fantasy world. A princess has been kidnapped by...

The Legend of Princess Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Legend of Princess is a one-level arcade interpretation of Zelda. Players control Link as the main character in a...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are the famous sailor Sinbad and on a voyage you managed to get kidnapped by the evil Sultan Salabim...

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

When the Dark Master attacked the sacred temple, the Fire Guardian, Ignitus, could only manage to save one of the...

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The story begins with Spyro playing with his friend Sparx in the swamps, when they're attacked by some unknown creatures....

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In this second version since the series restart, you are attempting to take out Gaul, the Ape King. The GBA...

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

After the first episode, where Spyro and Sparx freed Cynder from the Dark Masters sphere of influence, Cynder the she-dragon...

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Spyro wakes up late one night to discover that his rescued friend, Cynder, is running away from the temple where...

Nintendo DS (2007)

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night is part of the Legend of Spyro trilogy and continues on the story...

The Legend of the Tolteks Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

The Legend of the Tolteks is an classic tile matching game. In this game you have the possibility to rebuild...

The Legend of Xanadu TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Wii (2008)

In Legend of Xanadu, the player controls a young adventurer named Areios. Monsters attack his homeland, and he is forced...

Legendo's The Three Musketeers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2011)

In this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' famous novel, the player takes the role of Porthos. While enjoying the wine at...

Legendo's The Three Musketeers: One for All! Wii Front Cover

Macintosh (2011) and Wii (2009)

The Three Musketeers: One for All! is a director's cut of the game Legendo's The Three Musketeers, with new content...

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is an action game and the sequel to LEGO Batman: The Videogame. Just like...

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Continuing the tradition of adapting known franchises such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones with visuals based on LEGO, this...

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