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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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Ardy Lightfoot SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

In this 2D platform game, you play as Ardy Lightfoot - a cat-like creature - with your friend Pec, a...

Ardy the Aardvark Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Ardy the Aardvark is a maze-game inspired by, and a near clone of, the arcade game Anteater. The player navigates...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda is the first chapter of a futuristic action platformer series. On 30th May 2094 a space ship...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda - Berzerker Suit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Berzerker Suit is a downloadable content pack (DLC) for A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. It adds a new suit for the protagonist,...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX is an updated version of A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. For the Xbox 360 this is the first...

Aritana and the Harpy's Feather Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

A powerful Spirit of the Forest took over Tabata's body and Raoni is preparing a ritual to save him, but...

Ar'Kritz the Intruder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

While Jack was drinking a simple beer, he wasn't thinking that he was absorbing Ar'Kritz a microscopic extra-terrestrial police officer....

NES (1991)

Armadillo is a young cowboy from Texas, who is in love with Sheryl, the cutest girl of the state. But...

Armadillo Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Armadillo Run is a physics-based puzzle game that requires player to move an armadillo (pictured as a simple ball) to...

Armorik the Viking: The Eight Conquests DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

You are brave warrior Armorik, seeking to immortalize your name in the book of Viking legends. Luckily for you, the...

DOS (1996)

Aro is a platform game in which the player controls the titular character, a small red creature, who must traverse...

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...

Windows (2000)

Arthur's Wilderness Rescue is about Arthur and Mr. Ratburn's class taking a field trip to Mount Rockslide to explore the...

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 Chronicles: China Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is the first game of three in the Chronicles spin-off series based on the main Assassin's...

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