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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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SNES (1992)

Magical Taruruuto-kun: Magic Adventure is a Super Mario-style platformer based on the anime and manga of the same name. In...

MSX (1984)

Magical Tree is a platform game where the player's objective is to reach the tree's top, some 2,000 meters above...

Magic Boy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Join Magic Boy as he attempts to become a master wizard, and he does this by shooting enemies, putting them...

Magician Lord Neo Geo Front Cover SOFT CASE edition

Neo Geo (1991), PSP (2011), Neo Geo CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1990)

Magician Lord puts you in charge of Elta, a wizard who has the task of collecting eight books of wisdom...

Magicland Dizzy Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Dizzy, the egg protagonist, is back in his fourth installment: Magicland Dizzy. The land has been corrupted by an evil...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this puzzle game you should fill all empty vials with magical red substance resembling the blood. To do this...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You control a witch who has the job of recovering four magic scrolls that were stolen from Neverland by Colo,...

DOS (1994)

Magic Maycabs is based on the classic BBC Micro game Magic Mushrooms. However, the player controls a car in this...

Windows (2003)

The simple but funny logical game with nice graphics and sound. The rules of game are very simple. It is...

Magic Pockets DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

In Magic Pockets, players control the cool Bitmap Kid who has deep pockets that can store virtually anything. Bitmap Kid's...

Commodore 64 (1993)

The sequel to Reckless Rufus. Antwicky, Rufus' homeland, has been taken over by evil witches. Rufus attempts to defeat them...

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Magic World is an arcade platform game. The aim is to find ten specific pieces of stardust located in the...

DOS (1993) and Commodore 64 (1992)

This strategical board game is flown between two players and it deals with tiles of two colors. In turns players...

Magnetic Joe iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2007), J2ME (2006) and iPhone (2009)

Magnetic Joe is a puzzle game in which the player must guide a magnetic ball by the name of Joe.The...

Main Frame Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

The worlds greatest computer, TriComplex III, has decided that people are a bug in his program. In order to fix...

PC-98 (1989)

Majoriko was just an ordinary teenage school girl, but her friendship with Sawansa, the daughter of a well-known witch, eventually...

Major Mayhem Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1987)

You are Major Mayhem, an astronaut whose job is to clean up Mars of deadly alien spiders before Earth begins...

SNES (1995)

Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Makai Prince Dorabocchan is a platformer in which the player takes control over the son of a mighty vampire. Unfortunately...

Malaika: Prehistoric Quest MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

One day, a young cave princess called Malaika comes back from a visit to her relatives, only to find that...

M: Alien Paranoia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

M: Alien Paranoia is a 3D platform game with a visual style resembling Warner Bros cartoons. M, the titular hero...

Genesis (1991)

Mamono Hunter Yōko: Dai 7 no Keishō is based on the anime series Devil Hunter Yohko. The anime tells the...

Mamono na Yūsha to Nazo no Iseki Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Mamono na Yūsha to Nazo no Iseki (Monster Hero and the Mysterious Ruins) is an action platform game starring a...

MSX (1984)

In this platform game your goal is to reach the bottom right of the screen where the exit to the...

Atari ST (2008)

Manical Drop is a puzzle game for one or two players based on Magical Drop from Data East. This is...

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