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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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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...

Arcade (1983)

You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...

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...

SAM Coupé (1992)

Miner Willy fell into a forgotten mine shaft near Surbiton and discovered a network of underground caverns left by an...

Manic Miner Commodore 64 Front Cover

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...

Windows (2008)

The Manipulator is a platform game where the player is contracted by the government to enter a facility and destroy...

MANOS: The Hands of Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

MANOS: The Hands of Fate is a retro platformer done in the style of 8-bit games, such as Super Mario...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Man Trap is a deceptively simple arcade game for the Spectrum where the objective is to survive for as many...

Mappy NES Front Cover

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...

NES (1989)

Mappy the mouse had a son named Happy. Happy has grown up and now wants to settle down with a...

NES (1986)

Mappy the mouse has a girlfriend named Mapica. In order to please his girlfriend, Mappy goes on a mission to...

Marbelous! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Marbelous! is a jump-and-run game with a twist. The main character is a marble. This marble changes color to access...

Marble Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Swing is a Tetris inspired puzzle game: At the top of the screen you see two lines of eight balls...

Marble Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Marble Mayhem is a 3D puzzle platformer similar to Marble Madness or the more contemporary Switchball where the player guides...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would be like if Mario could wield the portal gun from Valve's...

Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

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...

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