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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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...

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland is a remake of Kirby's Adventure. The core gameplay has been changed little, with Kirby absorbing...

Kirby's Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1993), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2013)

One day Kirby is surprised to discover that he cannot have any dreams during his customary after-lunch nap. Soon he...

Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

This compilation consists of six games released on the Game Boy, NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 from 1992 to 2000:...

Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Dedede, King of Dream Land, is a penguin-like creature who is too gluttonous for his own good. Gathering food for...

Kirby's Dream Land 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

The lovable Kirby returns to the Game Boy! This time the bridges connecting the rainbow bridges have disappeared and King...

Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010) and Wii U (2015)

The plot of Kirby's Epic Yarn largely revolves around Nintendo's cutesy cream-puff being dragged out of his normal world by...

Kirby: Squeak Squad Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii U (2015)

Kirby is enjoying his picnic until someone snatches his strawberry cake. As usual, it turns out be his eternal rival,...

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Wii U Front Cover

Wii (2011) and Wii U (2015)

Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game and the first traditional Kirby platform game since Kirby...

Kirby Super Star SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Kirby Super Star is a platformer in the Kirby series, distinguished by having an unusually versatile character, who can fly...

Kirby Super Star Ultra Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Kirby's back with a bunch of fun adventures! Explore Dream Land and defeat King Dedede, tame the ferocious Dynablade, explore...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby stars in his first four-player simultaneous adventure! There's trouble in neighboring Mirror World, but when Kirby goes off to...

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

King Dedede is at it again, this time taking all of the stars from the sky. Thankfully for Dreamland, Kirby...

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

One night Kirby awakes atop a giant beanstalk which has sprouted beneath his home. The beanstalk has carried his home...

Kirikou Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Kirikou is an action game based on the animated film 'Kirikou et la Sorcière', or 'Kirikou and the Sorceress' as...

Kishin Dōji Zenki Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

Kishin Dōji Zenki is based on a TV and anime series. With help of demon spirit, the master of the...

Kishin Dōji ZENKI: Battle Raiden SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Once already Chiaki and her reluctant demon servant Zenki have saved the world from the forces of darkness, but apparently...

Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1995)

Kishin Dōji Zenki FX: Vajra Fight is based on the manga Kishin Dōji Zenki by Kikuhide Tani. Once upon a...

Kitchen Panic PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Kitchen Panic is a whimsical 2D platformer starring a potato. An army of cans and other foodstuffs have taken over...

NES (1990)

This game is based on the manga and anime series of the same name as this game title. While the...

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2012)

The Kiwi's Tale is a sequel/remake of The New Zealand Story. Developed for the The Retro Remakes 2008 competition, it...

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...

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