User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 2 for ages seven and up is the second in a series of educational...

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Maths and English with Rayman: Volume 3 is an edutainment title for ages eight and up that uses the game...

Matrix Rampage Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

As an online spin-off of the Matrix series, Matrix Rampage puts you in the shoes of Neo, the main character...

Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), Game Boy (1998), SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Disney's Donald Duck takes the starring role in this sidescrolling platform game. As the detective Maui Mallard, he's on the...

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

Teacher Mavis Beacon enlists you in class to learn the touch typing. The lessons are explained on chalkboard, and you...

Game Boy (1992)

In Max, sequel to The Adventures of Star Saver, the player takes control over Max and has to save the...

Windows (2002)

Max 2 is a simple freeware 2D platform shooter. Aliens kidnapped the protagonist's wife, Jane. Max has only one hour...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and Xbox One (2013)

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a reimagening of Max & the Magic Marker. The protagonist Max comes home and...

Max & the Magic Marker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Nintendo DS (2011), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2010)

Max & the Magic Marker is a physics based 2D puzzle platformer where the player needs to solve puzzles by...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Maya the Bee & Her Friends is the first game based on Maya the Bee, a world famous German book,...

Mayhem in Monsterland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Wii (2008)

Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice magic dinosaur who decided to...

Mayhem's Magic Dust J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2004) and BlackBerry (2010)

Mayhem's Magic Dust is a follow up to the Commodore 64 game Mayhem in Monsterland. Once again the player gets...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This freeware, open-source remake of the platform game from 1987 replaces the limited graphics and sounds of the 8-bit original...

Windows (2005)

Maziac is a freeware game created using GameMaker 5 development package. The game casts the player as Samantha - the...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983) and MSX (1985)

Maziacs is a maze game. The maze in Maziacs has no edges but has around 100 locations and a new...

SNES (1993)

Dr. Hell's robot army has destroyed Tokyo, and now only Kouji Kabuto, and the giant robot Mazinger Z, can stop...

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure is a side-scrolling adventure starring Ronald McDonald.After finding a piece of a treasure map, the yellow...

M.C. Kids Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1993) and Commodore 64 (1992)

The Hamburglar has stolen Ronald's bag of magic tricks! In this 2D platformer, it's up to you to play as...

Meat Boy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Meat Boy is a fast platform game starring a bloody piece of meat. His girlfriend Bandage Girl has been kidnapped...

Meat Boy: Map Pack Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Meat Boy: Map Pack is a standalone expansion for Meat Boy. It includes 70 user-made maps chosen by the developers...

Medabots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Medabots is a simple platformer featuring Ikki Tenryou from the Medarot franchise. Ikki has to go through this 10 level...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Medabots AX: Metabee Ver. is a 2D fighting game, featuring platformer-like arenas. Players control a single Medabot and engage in...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Medabots AX: Rokusho Ver. is a 2D fighting game, featuring platformer-like arenas. Players control a single Medabot and engage in...

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Meerkatz Challenge is a puzzle platformer. An adorable mob of meerkats is traveling the world in search of peace and...

Megabyte Punch Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Megabyte Punch is an action platformer which lets you build your own fighting robot. The player explores different environments, violently...

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