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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Klemens Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Klemens is a platform game where the player must rescue eight of his twin brothers locked in the cages scattered...

Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Wii U (2015)

Klonoa returns in another puzzle-platform game for the Game Boy Advance. In this sequel, Klonoa is whisked away to a...

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Klonoa, our floppy-eared hero, along with his two newly found buddies, Lolo and Popka, have to foil a sinister force...

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

The energy from dreams is collected in the Moon Kingdom where it is given substance. This rule was broken when...

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Klonoa stars in his first adventure for the Game Boy Advance. An emperor who cannot sleep who has banned dreaming,...

Knack PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2013)

Knack is a third-person brawler featuring a protagonist that was assembled by a doctor from ancient relics. The creature is...

Knerten Gifter Seg Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Knerten Gifter Seg is a children's title based on the film with the same name (Known as Twigson Ties the...

Knight Flight Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

Knight Flight is a game similar to Joust where the players joust like medieval knights against each other, or the...

Knight Force DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In Knight Force, the land Belloth, crossroad between five time periods, was conquered by the evil wizard Red Sabbath. And...

Knight Lore NES Front Cover

NES (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

Our hero must reach Melkhior, a somewhat eccentric wizard who is the only one who can save him. As with...

Knight Lore Remake MSX Front Cover

MSX (2009)

The Knight Lore Remake for MSX 2 adds colors, new graphics and animation to the original, monochromatic 8-bit game, as...

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious is the sequel to Knightmare.The player controls the knight Popolon and his wife Aphrodite,...

Knight Tyme Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

After rescuing the wizard Gimbal, the Magic Knight finds himself transported into the 25th century aboard the peaceful trade starship...

Knuckles' Chaotix SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1995)

Knuckles Chaotix is a spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of Genesis games. The starring character in this title...

Windows (2006)

Little Knytt is playing outside when he is suddenly abducted by a UFO. It collides with a meteorite and crash...

Windows (2007)

As a continuation of the previous Knytt games, Knytt Experiment was originally conceived as a large universe that kept expanding...

Windows (2007)

Knytt Stories, the sequel to Knytt, is a jump-and-run platformer with a distinctive minimalist art style. It is set in...

Knytt Underground Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Wii U (2013)

Knytt Underground is a side-scrolling exploration platformer with a simple basic goal: the world (as the name suggests a underground...

Kogent Knight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

The hero of Kogent Knight has his first day as a knight in an unknown kingdom. On his way to...

NES (1993)

Koko Adventure is a Korean-made platformer similar in style and presentation to Super Mario Bros.. The player controls a kid...

Kokotoni Wilf Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Kokotoni Wilf has been sent on a bold journey through time, to recover the seven pieces of the Dragon Amulet....

DOS (1996)

Komebumb is a platform game with cartoonish characters.In this game the player takes the role of a little hairy creature,...

Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra is a compilation of five classic Konami games from the 8-bit era.The Belmont clan...

Koneko Monogatari: The Adventures of Chatran NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

This game is inspired by the Japanese movie Koneko Monogatari (known in the west as The Adventures of Milo and...

Kong Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Kong is a clone of Donkey Kong.This is a single player game that is entirely keyboard controlled. The aim of...

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