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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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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)

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...

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

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 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...

Astérix and the Secret Mission Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The druid Getafix is out of magic potion, and Astérix and Obelix are set out on a secret mission: to...

Astérix and the Vikings J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Asterix and the Vikings is a mobile game released as a tie-in with the 2006 animation film of the same...

Asterix & Obelix Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Game Boy Color (1999)

Being the predecessor of Asterix and Obelix for SNES, this game features the same story as it's later counterpart -...

Astérix & Obélix Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and SNES (1996)

Astérix & Obélix is a platform game where one player can choose to control either Astérix or Obélix or two...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Asterix & Obelix: Bash Them All! is a 2D side-scrolling platform game based on the French comic series Astérix. It...

Astérix: Search for Dogmatix Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Asterix and Obelix (based on the French comic book series), must embark on a journey from the forests of France...

Astérix: The Gallic War PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

The Gallic War is a light-hearted action-strategy hybrid game featuring the popular Asterix comic book characters. You play as Asterix,...

Amiga (1996)

Astral is a science fiction platform game. The action takes place in the land called Magoon. Imprisoned centuries ago demon...

Astral Mobile Android Front Cover

J2ME (2007), BlackBerry (2007) and Android (2010)

Astral Mobile is a conversion of Amiga's Astral from 1996. The background of the game remains unchanged. The action takes...

Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You play the game as a repair man equipped with a jetpack and an upwards firing plasma laser. Your mission...

Astyanax NES Front Cover

NES (1989) and Arcade (1989)

You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for...

Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Asylum is a platformer where the player enters the brain of young man called Sigmund. Sigmund has his share of...

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