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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Livingstone, I Presume? ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Livingstone, I Presume? is a video adventure technologically almost identical to Goody, however this game has a more complex map...

Windows (2006)

The evil Daimon is threatening Dragonia and has turned your two fellow lizardmen into stone. Your task is to rescue...

DOS (1992)

Larry Lontrose is a part-time dock loader. He is very ambitious and wants to be promoted up the corporate ladder....

LocoRoco PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

The blob-like LocoRoco are in trouble! A meteor has crash-landed on their planet, bringing with it the black, shaggy Moja...

LocoRoco 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The browser version of LocoRoco 2 is a sampler of the full PSP game, made available a week before the...

LocoRoco 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Just when the LocoRoco thought everyone was safe and happy, the nasty Moja Troop returns! The LocoRoco love to sing,...

LocoRoco Cocoreccho! PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

In LocoRoco Cocoreccho! the player is a butterfly that needs to guide the little LocoRocos through a huge maze-like level....

Lode Runner DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), PC Booter (1983), NES (1984), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1983), WonderSwan (2000), MSX (1983), Amstrad CPC (1989), J2ME (2003), Macintosh (1984), Wii (2007), BBC Micro (1985), PC-88 (1983), PC-98 (1983), Windows Phone (2012), SG-1000 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984), Wii U (2014), Arcade (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

The Bungeling Empire has stolen a huge cache of gold from its rightful owners, and your mission is to infiltrate...

Windows (2006)

Lode Runner by ZX Games is an enhanced version of Brøderbund's Lode Runner. The game idea is to control your...

Lode Runner Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

This XBLA game updates the classic gameplay of the 1983 game Lode Runner with 3D Graphics and 220 new levels....

Lode Runner PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Lode Runner is the U.S. only compilation on one disc of the the following games that were originally released separately...

Lode Runner Extra PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Lode Runner Extra is a stand-alone expansion for Lode Runner: The Legend Returns, featuring 110 new levels for advanced players...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Lode Runner: Lost Labyrinth is an exact conversion of the original Lode Runner. However, this version features one hundred levels...

Lode Runner On-Line: The Mad Monks' Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Assume the role again as Jake Peril as you journey in the Evil Empire taking treasure away from the evil...

Lode Runner: The Legend Returns Windows 3.x Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Macintosh (1994)

A resurrection of the original classic platform game with a number of updates such as one and two player options,...

SNES (1994)

All the king's candy has been stolen by invaders who live down in the dungeon. The king summons twin heroes:...

Lollypop DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1995)

Sweet she is and sweets she wants. Young Lolly wakes up and has an incredibly appetite for candy. For chocolate,...

Look out, Mr Johnson! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mr Johnson is afraid of ghosts. Unfortunately, a large pink specimen of the species is never far from him. Despite...

Looney Tunes Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Game Boy Color (1999)

This side-scrolling game allows the player to control different Looney Tunes characters and their different abilities to advance through the...

Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

In Acme Arsenal, an evil mad scientist named Dr. Frankenbeans has created a time machine and is bent on destroying...

Looney Tunes: Back in Action PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck join forces in this Looney Tunes outing. Change between the two stars to overcome puzzles...

Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy is a side scrolling platform game featuring famous Warner Bros. cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Lola...

Looney Tunes: Duck Dodgers - Starring Daffy Duck Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Marvin the Martian has devised a plan to destroy the Earth and has built the Ultimate Weapon to do it....

Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Sheep Raider is a 3D puzzle game, with gameplay mimicking the wacky contraptions and situations from the original cartoons. Players...

Looney Tunes: Twouble! Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

In Looney Toons: Twouble! you play as the Warner Bros. character Sylvester the cat. It is your goal to capture...

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