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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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NES (1992)

Kid Klown and his family are on their way to perform in a circus when they meet the magician Night...

NES (1988)

Kid Kool is a side-scrolling platformer. The king is sick and Kool must gather the seven magical herbs to cure...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

To win the very new Ultra console 3000, Kid Paddle must win the City Game challenge and need to prove...

Kid Paddle: Lost in the Game Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Kid Paddle: Lost In The Game is a 3D side-scrolling platform game inspired by Midam's popular comic strip Kid Paddle....

Kid Paddle: Lost in the Game Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Kid Paddle: Lost In The Game is a 3D platform game inspired by Midam's comic strip Kid Paddle. Kid Paddle...

Kids Pack Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Kids Pack is a compilation for children by Alternative Software. It is containing different games for the 8-bit and 16-bit...

Kieta Princess NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Princess Kilala, from the Kingdom of Rabia, has been summoned to Japan to have a discussion about a medicine that...

KiKi KaiKai MSX Front Cover

Windows (2004), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), MSX (1987), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1986)

The youngest child of a mysteriously disappeared family didn't join the family on a journey to a far and unknown...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In the dark future the new brutal sports game will be invented - Killerball - a blend of American Football,...

Oric (1983)

Killer Caverns is a rudimentary action game where the player takes control of poor Helpless Harold, the only man who...

Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

Killer Gorilla is a four stage platform game set on a building construction site. Stages consist of girders, ladders, conveyor...

The Killing Game Show Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

This is a vertical platformer with horizontal wrap-around. For the entertainment of the futuristic masses, you play a criminal that...

Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The cheerleader and undercover secret agent, Kim Possible, returns in her second platform game for the Game Boy Advance. Based...

Kim Possible 3: Team Possible Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Kim returns to battle fiendish villains once again, but this time she's got help in the form of her klutzy...

Kim Possible: Kimmunicator Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The insane Dr. Drakken and his sidekick Shego have kidnapped Kim's techno-geek friend, Wade, and it's up to you to...

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Chain of Memories kicks off where the PS2 original left off, with our hero Sora and his companions Donald and...

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded is a remake of Kingdom Hearts Coded that was released for Mobile, only in Japan. The...

King Kong Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

King Kong has taken a lady to the top of the Empire State Building. It is up to you to...

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Based on the FOX animation series of the same name, KOTH is about this Texas Families and their misadventures with...

Kingsley's Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Kingsley's Adventure is a 3D action-adventure game for the PlayStation in a similar vein as The Legend of Zelda. In...

MSX (1985)

King's Valley is a puzzle game in which you need to collect all the treasures by drilling and cutting your...

King's Valley II MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988)

King's Valley 2 is a puzzle game and a follow-up to King's Valley. Once again you need to collect all...

VIC-20 (1985)

In King Tut the player takes the role of Archie, a lion-hearted explorer who has entered the tomb of Tutankhamun,...

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2008)

Kirby's adventure for the Nintendo 64 is a polygonal side-scroller similar to Klonoa - however, unlike Klonoa, the game only...

Kirby: Mass Attack Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Kirby: Mass Attack is the latest in a long history of titles starring Nintendo's pink puffball hero. In the tradition...

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