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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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Maru's Mission Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

One day while Maru and Cori are taking a walk in Central Park, a strange thing happens. Out of nowhere...

Marvel Land Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991) and Arcade (1990)

In the land of Coni, its inhabitants lived in harmony. At its center lies a mountain called "Peace", in which...

Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems is a side-scrolling platformer/beat 'em up based on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline...

Marvin's Marvellous Adventure Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

One of the most console-style platformers ever seen on the Amiga, Marvin has approximately 60 levels to battle through. There...

Windows (2012)

Marvin is out in the snow, playing and building a snowman, when a weird creature darts by and steals his...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star in the portable adventure about junior detectives who can "solve any crime by dinnertime."Each mystery...

Game Boy Color (1999)

The Mask of Zorro is based on the 1998 movie of the same name. It closely follows the plot of...

Atari 2600 (1983)

WANTED: A master builder to create structures per blueprints for Spectraville. To apply, insert cartridge into Atari 2600 and power...

Master Chu And The Drunkard Hu NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The legendary Siamese-Twin Shiva (god of destruction) has cursed your village with evil spirits. After repeated attempts to drive out...

Master of Darkness SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Master of Darkness is a platformer very similar to Castlevania.You play as a psychologist trying to defeat Dracula. This requires...

The Master ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Jasper is watching a horror movie after a hard day's grave-digging, when he falls asleep and is transported into the...

DOS (1997)

Math Assault I: Word Problems is a one or two player, shareware, educational title for grade levels 2 - 7....

Math Blaster: Episode One - In Search of Spot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (1995), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

A follow-up to the original Math Blaster! games, Math Blaster: In Search of Spot is an educational title with arcade...

Math Rabbit Deluxe Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

Math Rabbit uses a circus setting for four games that involve counting, number matching, and problem solving. Within each game,...

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 2 for ages seven and up is the second in a series of educational...

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 3 is an edutainment title for ages eight and up that uses the game...

Matrix Rampage Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

As an online spin-off of the Matrix series, Matrix Rampage puts you in the shoes of Neo, the main character...

Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), Game Boy (1998), SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Disney's Donald Duck takes the starring role in this sidescrolling platform game. As the detective Maui Mallard, he's on the...

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

Teacher Mavis Beacon enlists you in class to learn the touch typing. The lessons are explained on chalkboard, and you...

Game Boy (1992)

In Max, sequel to The Adventures of Star Saver, the player takes control over Max and has to save the...

Windows (2002)

Max 2 is a simple freeware 2D platform shooter. Aliens kidnapped the protagonist's wife, Jane. Max has only one hour...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and Xbox One (2013)

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a reimagening of Max & the Magic Marker. The protagonist Max comes home and...

Max & the Magic Marker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Nintendo DS (2011), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2010)

Max & the Magic Marker is a physics based 2D puzzle platformer where the player needs to solve puzzles by...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Maya the Bee & Her Friends is the first game based on Maya the Bee, a world famous German book,...

Mayhem in Monsterland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Wii (2008)

Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice magic dinosaur who decided to...

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