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Platform

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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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Milon's Secret Castle Game Boy Front Cover Re-release

Game Boy (1993), NES (1986), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Milon, a child of the Kingdom of Hudson, must go on a quest to rescue Queen Eliza from an evil...

Milo the Fuel Run DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Milo: the Fuel Run is a side scrolling platform game with you being a skater trying to save the world's...

DOS (1995)

Platform puzzle game in which your are Mimi and you must avoid the mites or shoot them and find your...

Amiga (1986)

A mentally disturbed professor must enter his own brain to repair it, changing into different forms to overcome the obstacles...

Miner 2000er Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In this game, your task is to fix the damage on the plumbing and beams. In order to do that,...

Miner 2049er Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1984), TI-99/4A (1983), BREW (2007), J2ME (2007), Windows Mobile (2007), PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984), Thomson TO (1985) and Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1985)

You play the part of Bounty Bob, and it is your mission to explore every inch of an abandoned mine....

Atari 2600 (1983)

Bounty Bob has tracked Yukon Yohan into Nuclear Ned's uranium mine. Bob must 'claim' each section of each part of...

Windows (2008)

Minus is a short game developed for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. The player controls a small character that needs...

Browser (2009)

Minutemen is a 2d side-scrolling brawler designed as a tie-in with the 2009 Watchmen movie based on the comic book...

SNES (1993)

Without warning Tomomi, Mikage and their friends are warped into a strange fantasy land. Now it's up to them to...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Mirai Shōnen Conan is based on Hayao Miyazaki's anime series Future Boy Conan, itself an adaptation of the novel The...

Mirror's Edge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action game set in a dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian regime that exercises a...

Mirror's Edge iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Following in the freeform footsteps of the original console release, Mirror's Edge on iPhone and iPad replaces the 1st person...

Mirror's Edge 2D Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

This is a side-scrolling platformer based on the original Mirror's Edge. The game is about fast action, precise jumping and...

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a platform game focused on puzzle solving, similar in concept to Braid. It is...

Mischief Makers Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Mischief Makers is a 2D side-scrolling platform game in which the protagonist uses her hands to grab, shake, and throw...

Misja/Fred Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1990)

A compilation of two platform games, this being the original release for both of them: Fred Misja Since October 1991,...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Earth is in trouble once again after minor attacks against our planet and scientists have predicted that there will be...

Mission Elevator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

A bomb has been set by terrorists to blow up a sky-scraping hotel in which the FBI’s Central Intelligence Unit...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Tie-in of Brian De Palma's popular movie "Mission: Impossible", a side-scrolling action/adventure. Playing the secret agent Ethan Hunt, the player...

Mission: Impossible 3 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The mobile platform is the only one to have a game based on the third Mission: Impossible film. It is...

Browser (2006)

Mission in Snowdriftland is a platform game developed by German based software company Extra Toxic and published by Nintendo of...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Mission Shark is a platform game where a covert agent is trying to find four canisters within an enemy base....

NES (1990)

Moai Kun is a platform puzzle game where you play as Moai, the Easter Island statue, that has appeared in...

Moai No Hihō MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

In The Secret Treasure Of Moai your goal is to reach the level exit at the top by climbing and...

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