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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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Mayhem's Magic Dust J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2004) and BlackBerry (2010)

Mayhem's Magic Dust is a follow up to the Commodore 64 game Mayhem in Monsterland. Once again the player gets...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This freeware, open-source remake of the platform game from 1987 replaces the limited graphics and sounds of the 8-bit original...

Windows (2005)

Maziac is a freeware game created using GameMaker 5 development package. The game casts the player as Samantha - the...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983) and MSX (1985)

Maziacs is a maze game. The maze in Maziacs has no edges but has around 100 locations and a new...

SNES (1993)

Dr. Hell's robot army has destroyed Tokyo, and now only Kouji Kabuto, and the giant robot Mazinger Z, can stop...

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure is a side-scrolling adventure starring Ronald McDonald.After finding a piece of a treasure map, the yellow...

M.C. Kids Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1993) and Commodore 64 (1992)

The Hamburglar has stolen Ronald's bag of magic tricks! In this 2D platformer, it's up to you to play as...

Meat Boy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Meat Boy is a fast platform game starring a bloody piece of meat. His girlfriend Bandage Girl has been kidnapped...

Meat Boy: Map Pack Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Meat Boy: Map Pack is a standalone expansion for Meat Boy. It includes 70 user-made maps chosen by the developers...

Medabots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Medabots is a simple platformer featuring Ikki Tenryou from the Medarot franchise. Ikki has to go through this 10 level...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Medabots AX: Metabee Ver. is a 2D fighting game, featuring platformer-like arenas. Players control a single Medabot and engage in...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Medabots AX: Rokusho Ver. is a 2D fighting game, featuring platformer-like arenas. Players control a single Medabot and engage in...

Megabyte Punch Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Megabyte Punch is an action platformer which lets you build your own fighting robot. The player explores different environments, violently...

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

This special edition contains: Megabyte Punch Original soundtrack (27 tracks) 7 wallpapers 10 custom versus levels

Mega Man DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

It is up to the blue robot Megaman to stop the plot of Dr. Wily, the maverick lab assistant, by...

Mega Man NES Front Cover

NES (1987), BREW (2006), DoJa (2007), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

In the future city of Monsteropolis, the use of robot labour has helped civilization grow more than ever before. At...

Mega Man Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

The insane scientist, Dr. Wily, has created an army of evil robots, and is using them to take over the...

Mega Man 10 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

20XX. A virus called Roboenza starts infecting robots, rendering them useless. Humankind would be helpless enough without the aid of...

Mega Man 2 NES Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1988), DoJa (2008), Wii (2007), iPhone (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

After defeating Dr. Light's six robots that were reprogrammed by the villainous Dr. Wily in Mega Man, it seemed like...

Mega Man 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1990), PSP (2011), J2ME (2008), DoJa (2008), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008), BlackBerry (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1991)

Mega Man 3 is a traditional side-scrolling platformer: you jump from brick to brick while avoiding pits and shooting robots....

Mega Man 3: The Robots are Revolting DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Dr. Wily seeks once more to conquer the earth with his robotic creations and it's up to Megaman to stop...

Mega Man 4 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1991), DoJa (2005), Wii (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

In Mega Man 4, Dr. Wily is declared as having been killed by the explosion of Gamma. A year passes...

Mega Man 5 NES Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), NES (1992), DoJa (2006), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Dr. Cossack, humbled by his defeat and his allowing of Dr. Wily to influence his ways, decides to help Dr....

Mega Man 9 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008), DoJa (2010), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Peace at last in the future...but wait! Robots are rampaging across the cities, and they've been built by...Dr. Light? Dr....

Mega Man Anniversary Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2004)

Celebrate 15 years with Mega Man! This compilation edition of the Blue Bomber celebrates Mega Man 1-8, as well as...

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