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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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Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames is a side-scrolling flash game, made to promote the Mercenaries 2 console games. In...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Your land has been invaded by the evil Kremins and with their magic turned all your friends and family into...

Amiga (1992)

Neo York, 2057. The city is ruled by terror, and only E-F-I-S-T (En-Forcement Iron Suit Troopers) can restore freedom!Metal Law...

NES (1990)

You control the pilot of a MetalMech vehicle (which looks similar to ED-209 of Robocop licenses) who can move across...

Metal Mutant DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Metal Mutant is an action game, where you control the eponymous machine, sent to the planet Kronox to find and...

Metal Slug 1st Mission Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

As a member of the elite forces squad "Peregrine Falcons," your mission is to eliminate the evil Colonel Bildegaarn. Using...

Metal Slug 2nd Mission Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

Take control of the Metal Slug tank on the NGPC once again, this time to defeat the rebel strike force...

Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle - 001/II PSP Front Cover

Neo Geo (1998), PSP (2011), Neo Geo CD (1998), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Arcade (1998)

As Marco, Eri, Tarma, or Fio, you must defeat the evil General Morden and his henchman. To do this, you...

Metal Slug 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2004), Neo Geo (2000), Xbox 360 (2008), Wii (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Arcade (2000)

In the third installment of the Metal Slug series, General Morden is back and he plans to establish a new...

Metal Slug 4 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Neo Geo (2002), Wii (2013) and Arcade (2002)

An organization called "Amadeus" wants to take over all the military computers in the world using a new virus they...

Metal Slug 4 & 5 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

This compilation of the original arcade shooters Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug 5 combines the two fast-paced side-scrolling games...

Metal Slug 5 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Neo Geo (2004) and Arcade (2003)

A paramilitary syndicate known as the "Ptolemaic Army" attacks a research installation that was developing the next-gen of Metal Slugs...

Metal Slug 6 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Arcade (2006)

The seventh main game in the series stays close to the fast-paced 2D side-scrolling shooting gameplay of the original, but...

Metal Slug 7 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Metal Slug 7 is the eighth entry in the Metal Slug saga and an exclusive to Nintendo's DS handheld system....

Metal Slug Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

You're a warrior of the war, but now you are alone. Enemies have captured your allied troops, and it's up...

J2ME (2004)

Metal Slug: Mobile is an adaptation of the Metal Slug franchise, for mobile phones. Unlike its sequel, Metal Slug: Mobile...

Metal Slug Mobile 3 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

The third I-Play-developed mobile game in the Metal Slug series continues the fast-paced 2D side-scrolling shooting action with a new...

J2ME (2005)

Metal Slug: Mobile Impact is the sequel to Metal Slug: Mobile and the second I-Play (formerly Digital Bridges) mobile game...

Windows (2009)

Metal Slug PC Collection is a compilation of seven classic arcade games from the Metal Slug franchise including Metal Slug,...

Metal Slug X PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), Neo Geo (1999), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1999)

Metal Slug X is an enhanced version of Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle - 001/II. The main differences to the...

Metal Storm NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Metal Storm is an action game in which the player takes control of the giant mecha M-308 Gunner in order...

Metal Warriors SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

In the year 2102 the United Government of Earth is under attack by an organization known as Dark Axis, led...

Metroid Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1987)

In the future, the Galactic Federation and the pirates of planet Zebes are at war. Pirates have stolen an unknown...

Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Metroid Fusion is the direct sequel to 1994's Super Metroid. The game begins as Samus Aran is sent back to...

Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This is the sequel to the very popular Metroid for the NES. In Metroid 2, you control Samus Aran in...

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