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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40 Winks PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and PS Vita (2012)

40 Winks is a 3D action-platform game in which you play as Ruff or Tumble, two children who must battle...

DOS (1994)

4D Prince of Persia is an unofficial reworking of the original Prince of Persia game by Jordan Mechner. The levels...

4 in 1: Airwolf / Bomb Jack / Commando / Frank Bruno's Boxing Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Compilation including the following 4 games: Airwolf Bomb Jack Commando Frank Bruno's Boxing

Oric (2003)

4KKong is an Oric port of Nintendo's Donkey Kong Dual Screen handheld game.The game is all about saving a damsel...

Commodore 64 (1990)

4th Dimension is a collection of four games that contains the following:Cyberdyne Warrior: A flick screen platform shooter where you...

5 of the Best from Kalisto DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

This compilation contains: Breakline Cogito S.C.Out The Tinies Fury of the Furries

Linux (2006) and Windows (2006)

An experimental platform/action game created in 48 hours for Ludum Dare #8. The competition's theme was 'swarms'.The player controls a...

8BitBoy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

8-bit Boy is a 2D platform game where you play as an unemployed guy who gets sucked into an 8-bit...

8-Bit Commando Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

8-Bit Commando is a run-and-gun platformer in the style of games from the 8 and 16-bit era. You take the...

8 Eyes NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

8 Eyes chronicles the adventures of Orin, the falconer, who must visit 8 different houses in 8 different lands and...

99 Levels to Hell Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

99 Levels to Hell is a 2D roguelike platform shooter consisting of ten randomly created ten-level dungeons. To make it...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Claudette the cat has been kidnapped by scientists aiming to use her for experiments. Bob Cat can't allow this, and...

NES (1992)

In this game, you must help a little boy to become a baseball star. Your goal is to make it...

Windows (2002)

Aba Daba is a variant of the classic Gomoku board game which is also known under the name Five in...

Aban Hawkins & 1000 Spikes Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Aban Hawkins & the 1000 Spikes is a self-described "hardest extremest craziest platform action puzzle adventure", which is a surprisingly...

DOS (1996)

Abmis the Lion, King of the Beasts, has a problem: all of his kingdom's potatoes have been stolen, without which...

Browser (2012)

Abobo's Big Adventure is a parody tribute to well-known and loved games of the NES era. Players control Abobo, an...

A Bomb's Way Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Bomb's Way is a 2D platformer that puts the player in the role of a bomb whose fuse has...

A Boy and His Blob Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

The far-off kingdom of Blobolonia is threatened by an evil emperor. An alien blob escapes from Blobolonia, searching for help,...

Abu Simbel Profanation ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The protagonist, Johny Jones, have been mutated by the curse of Abu Simbel, becoming a strange creature that only conserves...

Abu Simbel Profanation Deluxe Browser Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006), Dreamcast (2008), Macintosh (2006), Browser (2005) and GP2X (2006)

This open-source, freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1985 replaces the graphics and sounds with new enhanced assets,...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This GBA version of Ace Lightning is based on the BBC TV show of the same name which is a...

Achievement Unlocked Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Achievement Unlocked is a game that centers around meta-gaming, as in, the gameplay isn't what matters in this game, instead,...

Browser (2010)

Achievement Unlocked 2 is an expansion of the concept of its predecessor, in which the player controls an elephant walking...

Windows (2001)

The kingdom "Acter World" is being attacked by wizards and monsters. Playing Princess Lina, you have to defend the royal...

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