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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A Robot's Conundrum Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Robot's Conundrum puts the player in the role of a robot named MAIS (machine artificial intelligence system) that is...

DOS (1997)

Aro II is a shareware one or two player platform game in the same vein as Aro.The player(s) control the...

Around the Planet Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Around the Planet is an arcade game. After many years of peace Earth faced a new threat from space. The...

Artefakt Przodków Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Lieutenant Max Graham is sent to the Moon in order to search an old moonbase for a super-starfighter which is...

Arthur's Pet Chase Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Arthur's Pet Chase is a cartoon-style side-scrolling platform game starring characters from a popular children's book series by author Marc...

Artura DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Artura is a side-scrolling platform game. The game semi-utilizes the mythology of King Arthur in that you play as Artura,...

SEGA Master System (1996)

Chefinho is sick, and to be cured he'll need a medicine made up from six rare herbs. But they can...

NES (1991)

Asmik is not only a name of a game-developing company, but, as we learn from this game, also a cute...

Browser (2012)

Asphyx is a short side-scrolling game in which the nameless pixelated protagonist needs to navigate a maze of tunnels and...

Assassin Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

Side-scrolling beat-em-up in the style of Turrican and Strider. The basic storyline is that you're a top assassin (hence the...

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Assassin Blue is a professional hitman who works for the government. He is contracted to take out anyone that conspires...

Assassin's Creed J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007) and BlackBerry (2009)

The mobile version of Assassin's Creed is based on the same storyline, but presents the entire game in 2D platform...

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and iPhone (2010)

Discovery takes place after Assassin's Creed II and before Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The player assumes the role of Ezio Auditore...

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - The Lost Archive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The Lost Archive is a DLC (downloadable content) for Assassin's Creed: Revelations. It contains: The Lost Archive mini-campaign detailing the...

Assassin: Special Edition BlackBerry Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and BlackBerry (2013)

Budget release of Assassin which was updated. The main player now has an arm LASER instead of the boomerang weapon...

Windows (2008)

Assault On Planet Equidon is the winner of Gamedev.net's sixth edition of the annual Four Elements contest. It is a...

PlayStation (1998)

Assault: Retribution is a 3D run and gun platform game. Its story takes place in the year 2198. Arcadia, a...

Astal SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Antowas has created a land of striking beauty and magic, with Astal and his beloved Leda among its happy inhabitants....

Astaroth: The Angel of Death Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You must guide Ozymandias through the catacombs of Astaroth's domain. To aid you in your quest you can pick up...

Asteria Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Asteria is 2D platform shooter. It combines elements from games such as Minecraft or Terraria as it is set in...

Astérix Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993) and NES (1993)

The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, almost entirely... One small Gaulish village continues...

Astérix SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

The Romans, who fail to conquer one final Gaul village, kidnap Getafix, the druid brewing the magic potion that gives...

Astérix and the Great Rescue Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

The game is based on the popular French comics series Astérix. It is 50 B.C., and the entire Gaul (today's...

Astérix and the Great Rescue SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Astérix and the Great Rescue received a unique version for Sega's 8-bit systems. It follows the same story as the...

Astérix and the Power of the Gods Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the French comics series Asterix. Asterix and Obelix are great warriors of Gaul (today's France), that was conquered...

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