DescriptionPlatform 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.
Commodore 64 (1988)
The worlds greatest computer, TriComplex III, has decided that people are a bug in his program. In order to fix...
You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...
Majoriko was just an ordinary teenage school girl, but her friendship with Sawansa, the daughter of a well-known witch, eventually...
Apple II (1987)
You are Major Mayhem, an astronaut whose job is to clean up Mars of deadly alien spiders before Earth begins...
Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed...
Makai Prince Dorabocchan is a platformer in which the player takes control over the son of a mighty vampire. Unfortunately...
One day, a young cave princess called Malaika comes back from a visit to her relatives, only to find that...
M: Alien Paranoia is a 3D platform game with a visual style resembling Warner Bros cartoons. M, the titular hero...
Mamono Hunter Yōko: Dai 7 no Keishō is based on the anime series Devil Hunter Yohko. The anime tells the...
Xbox 360 (2010)
Mamono na Yūsha to Nazo no Iseki (Monster Hero and the Mysterious Ruins) is an action platform game starring a...
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...
SAM Coupé (1992)
Miner Willy fell into a forgotten mine shaft near Surbiton and discovered a network of underground caverns left by an...
DOS (1997), Windows (1998), Game Boy Advance (2002), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Dragon 32/64 (1984), iPhone (2010), BBC Micro (1984), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2012), bada (2011), Oric (1985), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)
You play the role of Miner Willy, a bold explorer and adventurer. He discovers a network of underground caverns used...
The Manipulator is a platform game where the player is contracted by the government to enter a facility and destroy...
ZX Spectrum (1984)
Man Trap is a deceptively simple arcade game for the Spectrum where the objective is to survive for as many...
Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1984), Game Gear (1991), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2005), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986), Sord M5 (1983), Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986) and Arcade (1983)
You control Mappy, a police-mouse whose job is to collect valuables (consumer electronics) from a cat's house. You are being...
Mappy the mouse had a son named Happy. Happy has grown up and now wants to settle down with a...
Mappy the mouse has a girlfriend named Mapica. In order to please his girlfriend, Mappy goes on a mission to...
Marble Mayhem is a 3D puzzle platformer similar to Marble Madness or the more contemporary Switchball where the player guides...
Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)
Mario and Luigi, the best plumbers in the world, have a real job on their hands. A host of characters...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
- 93 Super Metroid
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2005)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.