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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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Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state...

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

Metropolis is a flick-screen platformer with some puzzle elements. Most screens have enemies following a straight path. Navigate through the...

Mevo & the Grooveriders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Mevo & the Grooveriders is a music game, where players must hit two keys following the rhythm of the background...

Miami Vice DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Take on the roles of Crockett and Tubbs in this computer game adaption of the 1980s TV series. Gameplay consists...

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), SEGA Master System (1990) and Arcade (1990)

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is based on the Michael Jackson movie. Mr. Big has kidnapped children and has nasty things in...

Michael Jordan:  Chaos in the Windy City SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

In this game the player controls the famous basketball player Michael Jordan. The time is near for an All-Star Charity...

DOS (1994)

A little boy named Mick, on vacation in a beautiful, pastoral village, is playing ball with local girl Masha. As...

Mickey Mania PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1994), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2012), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Mickey Mouse gets a chance to go down memory lane and walk through the timeless adventures he has lived. Mickey...

Mickey Mouse Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989)

In this game your quest is to take Mickey Mouse through several dungeons, and mostly avoid your enemies.The game is...

Mickey Mousecapade NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

One of Mickey's friends is in trouble, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse are on a rescue mission! Mickey Mousecapade is...

Mickey Mouse: Magic Wands! Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Mickey Mouse: Magic Wands! is the successor to Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth and follows the gameplay formula of...

NES (1994)

Pete has just robbed Numberland of its 10 magical number molds. Sheriff Donald Duck needs to reclaim the molds and...

Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Global Gladiators is a platform game licensed from fast food chain McDonalds. While playing through the game's 12 levels you'll...

Windows 3.x (1993)

You are MicroMan, stuck inside a computer. You must run, jump, and shoot your way out. Along the way are...

MicroMan Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

MicroMan is a platform game. The action takes place on a planet named Galaxia. The player controls a robot who...

Microsoft Puzzle Collection Entertainment Pack Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

6 Puzzle Games designed by Alexey Pajitnov, the original Tetris designer, on one Gameboy Color cartridge.Jewel Chase. A level based...

Microsoft Revenge of Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This set of games, the third in Microsoft's (video) "Arcade" series, features emulations of five Namco games:Mappy Motos Ms. Pac-Man...

Midas Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Midas is a puzzle platformer. In each of the game's 15 levels the goal is to help King Midas reunite...

Midnight Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Midnight is an arcade platform game. An old wizard Al is going to destroy the Hrkach Castle. As all the...

Midnight Resistance Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

The Midnight Resistance fighters are up against the awesome powers of mad scientist King Crimson and his Crimson Corps. Crimson...

Miecze Valdgira Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Miecze Valdgira (Valdgir's Swords) is an action/adventure game, starring the gnome Aldir, who must find the five eponymous swords in...

Miecze Valdgira II: Władca Gór Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Amiga (1995), Commodore 64 (1995) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

Miecze Valdgira II: Władca Gór is an action-adventure game. This time king Aldir must defeat Bloody Zenon, that uses Cyclops...

Mighty Bombjack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), NES (1986), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2014)

The sequel to the original Bomb Jack, Mighty Bombjack brings side scrolling to the series, and brings it closer to...

Mighty Flip Champs! Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Take control of multiple dimensions as Alta in Mighty Flip Champs! Navigate your way through different worlds and dimensions as...

Mighty Jill Off Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2010)

Mighty Jill Off is a vertical side-scroller, with a plot revolving around Jill Off and her mistress, the Queen, with...

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