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Platform

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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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Mega Man III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Dr. Wily is at it again! This time, he's set up an oil rig in the middle of the ocean...

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Set a century after the events in the original Mega Man series, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X is a remake...

Mega Man Network Transmission GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Based between the events of the Game Boy Advance titles, Mega Man Battle Network 1 and 2, Lan and the...

Mega Man: The Wily Wars Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Mega Man: Wily Wars is a collection of the first three NES Mega Man titles. It features enhanced graphics and...

Megaman vs Ghosts&Goblins Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Megaman vs Ghosts&Goblins is, not entirely surprising, an unofficial mash-up between the Mega Man and Ghost 'N Goblins series. The...

Mega Man X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), SNES (1993), DoJa (2007), Wii (2011), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Wii U (2013)

Mega Man X is a robot designed by Dr. Light to choose his own path in life. Years after he...

Mega Man X2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), DoJa (2008), Wii (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Sigma, the leader of the Maverick army, was destroyed when he underestimated his opponent: a lone warrior, awakened into a...

Mega Man X4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Mega Man X, the reploid leader of the 17th unit Maverick Hunters, and his best friend Zero have to stop...

Mega Man X5 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2000)

Years after the Reploid Wars, all seems peaceful in the world. But peace was not meant to last forever. When...

Mega Man X7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

The year is 21XX. Earth is recovering from the Eurasia Incident and the Nightmare Crisis. Slowly but surely, it seems...

Mega Man X8 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

In the late 22nd century, humans have commenced a construction of an orbital elevator to the Moon. A Reploid named...

Mega Man XTreme Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Mega Man X hits the Gameboy Color! When an unknown hacker group breaks into a super system known as the...

Mega Man Zero 4 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

You play as Zero again in this fourth installment of the Megaman Zero series, you will have to fight against...

Mega Man Zero Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Mega Man Zero Collection is a set of all four games in the Mega Man Zero series on a single...

Mega Man ZX Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Many years after the events in the Mega Man Zero series, humans and Reploids (humanoid robots) have at last found...

Mega Man ZX Advent Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Grey was a Reploid found in a hidden factory in suspended animation, accidentally awakened during battle. Ashe was a human...

Megamind: The Blue Defender PSP Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010) and PSP (2010)

Megamind: The Blue Defender, is a 3D character action game with additional elements of exploration, puzzle solving and ability collecting/swapping....

Memory Manor Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Wee Willie is a window washer at an apartment who wants to keep his customers happy. Some of the customers...

NES (1990)

In Menace Beach, the player is a random guy whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by Demon Dan on her way...

Game Boy Color (1998)

Men in Black: The Series is based on the 1997 film and subsequent cartoon series.Evil alien races are infiltrating New...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Evil aliens, agent clones and monstrous bosses; just another day in the life of the MIBs. This sequel to the...

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames is a side-scrolling flash game, made to promote the Mercenaries 2 console games. In...

Amiga (1992)

Neo York, 2057. The city is ruled by terror, and only E-F-I-S-T (En-Forcement Iron Suit Troopers) can restore freedom!Metal Law...

NES (1990)

You control the pilot of a MetalMech vehicle (which looks similar to ED-209 of Robocop licenses) who can move across...

Metal Mutant DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Metal Mutant is an action game, where you control the eponymous machine, sent to the planet Kronox to find and...

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