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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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Mario vs. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

In the beginning video, Donkey Kong is at home channel-surfing. While flipping through channels, DK notices an ad about the...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is an action/puzzle game where the object is to bring as...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! is the fourth game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. A series of...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! is an action/puzzle game similar to the previous game in the series. However,...

Mario & Wario SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Mario & Wario is a puzzle game that utilizes the SNES Mouse. The player chooses Princess Peach (low speed), Mario...

Marko SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1995)

Colonel Brown, the evil owner of a toy factory, has created a substance that can turn people and animals into...

Game Gear (1993)

With the help of a mad scientist, Colonel Brown, the owner of a toy factory, has created a substance that...

DOS (1997)

A simple platform game. However, this game is ONLY playable with 2 people. There is no single player - But...

Marsupilami Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the character developed by Belgian cartoon artist Franquin, this platform features the player controlling Marsupilami, a strange animal...

Maru Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Maru is a platformer by Jesse Venbrux partly based on the mechanics previously explored in his title Frozzd. It consists...

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...

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