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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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Mirror's Edge iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Following in the freeform footsteps of the original console release, Mirror's Edge on iPhone and iPad replaces the 1st person...

Mirror's Edge 2D Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

This is a side-scrolling platformer based on the original Mirror's Edge. The game is about fast action, precise jumping and...

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a platform game focused on puzzle solving, similar in concept to Braid. It is...

Mischief Makers Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Mischief Makers is a 2D side-scrolling platform game in which the protagonist uses her hands to grab, shake, and throw...

Misja/Fred Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1990)

A compilation of two platform games, this being the original release for both of them: Fred Misja Since October 1991,...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Earth is in trouble once again after minor attacks against our planet and scientists have predicted that there will be...

Mission Elevator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

A bomb has been set by terrorists to blow up a sky-scraping hotel in which the FBI’s Central Intelligence Unit...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Tie-in of Brian De Palma's popular movie "Mission: Impossible", a side-scrolling action/adventure. Playing the secret agent Ethan Hunt, the player...

Mission: Impossible 3 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The mobile platform is the only one to have a game based on the third Mission: Impossible film. It is...

Browser (2006)

Mission in Snowdriftland is a platform game developed by German based software company Extra Toxic and published by Nintendo of...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Mission Shark is a platform game where a covert agent is trying to find four canisters within an enemy base....

NES (1990)

Moai Kun is a platform puzzle game where you play as Moai, the Easter Island statue, that has appeared in...

Moai No Hihō MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

In The Secret Treasure Of Moai your goal is to reach the level exit at the top by climbing and...

Amstrad CPC (1989)

As man in some sort of hand-made bike/helicopter you are flying down into the catacombs of some French town. These...

Game Boy Advance (2004) and NES (1986)

Kidou Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble is the first known Mobile Suit Gundam game released on the NES. Mobile Suit Gundam...

Modern Warfare 2D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This is a parody remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. All the main scenes (including the notorious "No...

Windows (2002)

Modi and Nanna are the children of Tyr, a Viking leader, and they have to rescue a village. A huge...

SNES (1995)

Protean platform hero with attitude (well, with sunglasses) rocks out in this novel but forgotten would-be Sonic-killer, collecting CDs (this...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

The follow-up to Mole Mole plays exactly like the original, which means that it is very close to Boulder Dash...

Windows (2007)

A sequel to the bizarre Mondo Medicals, Mondo Agency is a peculiar, surreal game which pits you as "Agent-65386", who...

MoneySeize Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2009)

In MoneySeize, players take control of Sir Reginald MoneySeize II, Esq., who has to collect 1010 coins to fund the...

SEGA Master System (1991)

The master of dirt, king of slime, Capitão Feio, with the help of an army of monsters, conquered the world...

Monkey Academy MSX Front Cover

ColecoVision (1984), MSX (1983) and Philips VG 5000 (1985)

This platform game is about solving arithmetic problems. In the equation one number is missing, you 'll have to find...

Monkey Bizness ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Donkey Kong provides the basic gameplay for this platforms-and-ladders game comprising 8 screens. You start at the bottom of each...

J2ME (2004)

Monkey King is based on the character of the Monkey King from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West....

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