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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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Apogee's Greatest Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 15 games, all shareware versions, by Apogee: Bio Menace Commander Keen: Goodbye, Galaxy! Commander Keen 1: Marooned...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Apollo 16 has crashed and scattered into 16 pieces on the moon and it is your mission to retrieve all...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1983)

The player as a spider has to make their way through several obstacles to the top of an apple cider...

Apple Jack Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Apple Jack places you in the shoes of the apple headed hero of the game - Jack, who's beloved pet...

Apple Panic Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

Apple Panic is a platform game based on the arcade game Space Panic (1980, Universal) and ported to the Apple...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

If you can defeat the dragon Fumo, your status as a magician will be ensured. Many have tried to rid...

The Apprentice CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

Far from the "multimedia" titles that formed the stock of the CDi's software library, The Apprentice is a plain old...

A Prehistoric Tale Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Play the role of a time traveler whose job is to rescue dinosaur eggs from an unsafe environment so they...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In the year 2069, the British ship "Elias Rits" sailed to Kermadec Island on a private investigation mission. Shortly thereafter,...

Arabian NES Front Cover

NES (1985) and Arcade (1983)

An action platformer styled as an Arabian Nights-flavored "storybook", which follows the trials of a brave Arabian prince as he...

Arabian Nights Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

In Arabian Nights, you play Sinbad Jr., a gardener at the royal palace who loves to sneak a peek at...

Arcade America Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Joey and his pet monsters are going to a concert in Woodstock. Unfortunately, Joey has overslept, and his monsters have...

Game Boy (1995)

A compilation and port of: Joust Defender The games can also be played on the Super Game Boy Peripheral and...

Arcade Fruit Machine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Simulation of slot machine. Player throws several coins in the slot and begins his career. During the improvement of his...

Arcadia Remix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Arcadia Remix is a mini-game collection with retro aesthetics. A special feature is that the player is able to play...

Browser (2008)

Arcanists is an online multiplayer battle game in which hordes of wizards battle it out to prove their magical supremacy....

Windows (2009)

Arc & Malice is a short platformer with a Victorian theme. The player commands a sergeant called Olaf who winds...

The Arc of Yesod Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

In Nodes of Yesod, a monolith was discovered on the moon that transferred data vital to earth's security to an...

DOS (1991)

Six months after the events of Pharaoh's Tomb, the young assistant-turned-treasure hunter Nevada Smith yearns for another discovery. Not willing...

Ardy Lightfoot SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

In this 2D platform game, you play as Ardy Lightfoot - a cat-like creature - with your friend Pec, a...

Ardy the Aardvark Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Ardy the Aardvark is a maze-game inspired by, and a near clone of, the arcade game Anteater. The player navigates...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda is the first chapter of a futuristic action platformer series. On 30th May 2094 a space ship...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda - Berzerker Suit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Berzerker Suit is a downloadable content pack (DLC) for A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. It adds a new suit for the protagonist,...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX is an updated version of A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. For the Xbox 360 this is the first...

Aritana and the Harpy's Feather Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

A powerful Spirit of the Forest took over Tabata's body and Raoni is preparing a ritual to save him, but...

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