User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Luigi & Spaghetti DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Aliens invade the earth and capture all the heroes who could defend us. With the modern weapons that they have,...

Lunar Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Lunar Pack is a compilation release of two games: Lunnye Devitsy WakeIt contains two games that were previously available separately....

Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Lunnye Devitsy (which means Moon Maidens in Russian) is an exploration based platformer similar to the Knytt series. The game...

Lupo Alberto: The VideoGame Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Funny Italian platform game from Idea Software. Released in 1990, the game was developed first for Amiga, then for PC-DOS....

DOS (1994)

Hundred years ago, a fearsome dragon nearly destroyed the entire world, but was stopped and sealed by Prince Grinstain of...

Lyle in Cube Sector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

What do you do when a shadowy figure steals your cat? You go rescue your cat, of course!Lyle in Cube...

Macadam Bumper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Oric (1985) and Thomson TO (1989)

A single classical-style pinball table is provided in this simulation. A table editor is also provided — this allows you...

Madagascar Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

In Madagascar for Nintendo DS, based on the movie of the same name, you play as Marty (zebra), Alex (lion),...

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa DS is a third-person action-platformer based on the movie of the same name.All of the Madagascar...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Madagascar: Operation Penguin is a sequel to the game Madagascar and features the movie's penguins as the main characters. Your...

Madballs Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

On the planet Orb live a gang of notorious Madballs who decide what is passed through parliament. They have no...

Madballs in Babo: Invasion Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a game based on a toy-line of rubber balls of the same name, originally started...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Madness is a platformer that features 30 screen sized levels. The goal of each levels is to reach the exit...

Windows (2009)

madnessMADNESSmadness is a strange, freeware 2D platform game. You must escape the red light-wall, in a very bizarre, circular world...

Mad Nurse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

In Mad Nurse you take on the role of a midwife in a maternity hospital. In this hospital the babies...

Madō King Granzort SuperGrafx Front Cover

SuperGrafx (1990)

Madō King Granzort is based on the anime of the same name. The story takes place in science-fiction scenario in...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Professor Mariarti is, as the game title suggests, a mad scientist. Not all of his experiments worked out the way...

Commodore 64 (1993)

Madrax is a platform game where the player walks and somersaults around a maze, attempting to collect six idols from...

Magia Kryształu Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Magia Kryształu (Magic of the Crystal) is an action platform game starring the mage Tannatos, out to get revenge on...

Arcade (1993)

Magical Cat Adventure is a 2D arcade platform game. The player controls a magical cat wandering around levels which include...

Commodore 64 (1997)

Hundreds of years ago when snails still dwelled the Earth, Sonny the Snail lived happily with his parents in a...

Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daibōken Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

An ancient evil has resurfaced after being sealed underground for thousands of years. The peaceful island, Usontō, has been split...

SNES (1995)

The kingdom of Toaru is a prosperous and peaceful place that is famous for its magic. Within Toaru castle lies...

Magical Puzzle: Popils Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991)

Magical Puzzle: Popils is a single screen platform puzzle game. The object in each round is to go through the...

The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

This was the first Mickey Mouse game for Super NES, featuring a traditional platform gameplay and colorful Disney-like graphics.Mickey's mission...

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