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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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Łowca głów Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

An increased activity of mutated reptiles forced the authorities to make an offer to hunters: cash and a two-weeks vacation...

Amiga (1994)

Łowca: Ostatnie Starcie is a game loosely based on the Polish movie of the same name. It starts when Thorn...

Low G Man NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The year is 2284, and the human race has perfected space travel and is colonizing the galaxy. To help out,...

DOS (1992)

L. Runner II is a single-player, shareware platform puzzle game. The player is presented with a series of screens on...

Lucidity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Sofi is a prisoner in her own mind. Her grandma recently died and she's hopelessly overwhelmed by sorrow. After going...

The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991) and SEGA Master System (1991)

The Lucky Dime Caper is a 2D platform game featuring Donald Duck in search of Uncle Scrooge's lucky dime, stolen...

Lucky Luke Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Thomson TO (1987)

This multi-genre game is based on the famous comics series about Lucky Luke, a good cowboy who draws his gun...

Commodore 64 (1992)

Another game based on the comics good cowboy Lucky Luke, who draws his gun faster than his shadow. This time...

Lucky Luke: The Daltons Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Lucky Luke: The Daltons is a collection of mini-games based on the famous comic franchise Lucky Luke and sequel to...

Lucky Luke: The Video Game CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1996)

The game is based on the famous comics series about the brave and quick good cowboy Lucky Luke, who draws...

DOS (1994)

Luigi en Circusland is the sequel to Luigi & Spaghetti, but this second unofficial outing of Mario's brother is basically...

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...

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