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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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TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Kotoba Asobi (Word Play) is a simple educational game for preschoolers designed to teach basic usage of synonyms, antonyms, and...

Windows (2010)

Koumajou Densetsu II: Stranger's Requiem is a 2D doujin platform game and a continuation of Koumajou Densetsu: Scarlet Symphony. It...

Windows (2009)

Koumajou Densetsu: Scarlet Symphony is doujin 2D platform game, based on Tōhō series. Basically, this game is a combination of...

Browser (2015)

Kram Keep is platformer game in which you need to defeat an evil boss and his minions in his dark...

VIC-20 (1983)

Krazy Kong is a single screen platform game based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to rescue...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1982)

Krazy Kong is based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to move from the bottom of the...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Krazy Kong is a single screen platformer loosely based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to rescue...

Windows (2008)

Krebswelte is an action game, created as an entry into TIGSource's "Procedural Generation" competition. The player controls a mercenary who,...

The Krion Conquest NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The Krion Empire chose the year 1999 in which to stage an invasion of earth. The planet's defenses were no...

Krucjata Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Krucjata is a platform game. Agent Hardin arrives in a boat to the island to recover the documents and chest...

Atari ST (1993)

Kubes is a puzzle game written in STOS where you have to arrange falling blocks of similar colors into groups....

SEGA Master System (1988)

Kujakuō is based on the comic by the same name, published in Young Jump in the late eighties and drawn...

Amiga (1994)

Kungfu Charles is a freeware game that was included on the cover disc of the UK Amiga magazine 'The One'...

Kung Fu Kid SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

The wicked Madanda has just awakened from a sleep of several thousand years, and as the hero, your job is...

Kung-Fu Live PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Kung-Fu Live is a side scrolling arcade style fighting game that uses the Playstation Eye camera to track the player...

Kung Fu Panda Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In this game based on the 2008 DreamWorks movie of the same name, the player is Po the panda. Po...

Kya: Dark Lineage PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Kya and her brother Frank have been transported into a different dimension, and upon arriving are separated! Kya meets (and...

Kyatto Ninden Teyandee NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Edoropolis is home to a race of Animaloids, anthropomorphic animals which are a combination of flesh and cybernetic body parts....

ZX Spectrum (2010)

Kyd, the intrepid young Space Cadet, was on his way to his very first mission when he suddenly realised that...

ZX Spectrum (2014)

The Eyeburx home planet is being attacked by an unknown intelligence, and Kyd Cadet has been sent to investigate. After...

ZX Spectrum (2010)

As Kyd blasts off after refuelling on the abandoned mining planet, he can at last continue with his first mission....

NES (1992)

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger is an action platform game based on Japanese TV show of the same name which later inspired...

Windows (2008)

Considering that side-scrolling is a hallmark of platform games, you'd figure that they'd prompt players to exercise more lateral thinking....

l'Abbaye des Morts Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), ZX Spectrum (2014) and Ouya (2014)

In the 13th century, the Catholic Church used it's soldiers to expel the members of the religious order of the...

DOS (1992)

Ladder Man I is a puzzle game that was distributed freely, i.e. without a registration fee, to publicise Soleau Software's...

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