DescriptionPlatform 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.
Assault: Retribution is a 3D run and gun platform game. Its story takes place in the year 2198. Arcadia, a...
SEGA Saturn (1995)
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SEGA Master System (1991)
The Romans, who fail to conquer one final Gaul village, kidnap Getafix, the druid brewing the magic potion that gives...
Based on the French comics series Asterix. Asterix and Obelix are great warriors of Gaul (today's France), that was conquered...
Asterix and the Vikings is a mobile game released as a tie-in with the 2006 animation film of the same...
Game Boy Advance (2002)
Asterix & Obelix: Bash Them All! is a 2D side-scrolling platform game based on the French comic series Astérix. It...
Game Boy Color (2000)
Asterix and Obelix (based on the French comic book series), must embark on a journey from the forests of France...
Acorn 32-bit (1993)
Asylum is a platformer where the player enters the brain of young man called Sigmund. Sigmund has his share of...
Atari 2600 (2005)
Santa's reindeer have gotten lost and he must find them. The problem is that while he was an accomplished athlete...
Atari 8-bit (1987)
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You play a child on a metro-cross-like dash across an obstacle course with a time limit. Your physical prowess is...
Atlantis Oceans is a side-scrolling action game that takes place underwater. As the explorer Francesca Carlyle, you visit diving locations...
Game Boy Advance (2005)
It's tough being an intergalactic superhero when you've got to finish your homework and make it in time to the...
Atomic Butcher is a freeware, post-apocalyptic platform shooter with gameplay similar to Abuse, where the main character is a survivor...
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