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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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Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Monster Rancher Explorer is an updated port of Tecmo's 1987 NES game, Solomon's Key and features environments, characters and monsters...

Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Monster Rancher Hop-A-Bout is a platform adventure game based on characters from the Monster Rancher video games and animated TV...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

In the advert, Monsters is described as "a superb version of the Arcade game Dig Dug-Panic", and indeed it is...

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Duke's Princess is gone. She was stolen by monsters! Probably. Well, who else could have done that?In this 2D platform...

Monsters vs. Aliens PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Monsters vs. Aliens is based on the animated movie of the same name. During the course of the game the...

Monster Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Young girl, Ellie, finds a strange, glowing bracelet in the woods, and upon touching it is transported to a magical...

Windows (2009)

Monster Truck Challenge is a monster truck racing game with exaggerated physics similar to Elasto Mania and gameplay similar to...

Monster Trucks Nitro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and iPhone (2009)

Monster Trucks Nitro is an arcade racing game in which the player gets to race a Monster Truck. While the...

Monster World IV Wii Front Cover

Genesis (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Monster World IV is a sequel to Wonder Boy 5: Monster World 3. The player controls Asha, the green-haired girlfriend...

DOS (1991)

The game represents the one of the card games included in Trump Castle II - Baccarat. Now it is played...

Windows (2001)

Montezooma is an arcade platformer in which the player has to help the titular warrior to emerge victorious in battles...

Montezuma's Return DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

Max Montezuma is a soldier who also happens to be a descendant of a legendary Aztec emperor. One day Max's...

Game Boy (1998) and Game Boy Color (1998)

Montezuma's Return is, in contrast to to the PC game of the same name, not a completely new adventure but...

Montezuma's Revenge Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec...

Monty on the Run Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Monty Mole was imprisoned due to his coal theft in Wanted: Monty Mole, and rescued by Sam Stoat in Monty...

Windows (2007)

Following in the footsteps of fangame Moley Xmas and especially Gremlin's Moley Christmas, this holiday season sees retro protagonist Monty...

DOS (1991)

Monuments of Mars is a low-rez, early PC platform game sharing an engine with Apogee's Arctic Adventure and Pharaoh's Tomb.A...

NES (1992)

Moon Crystal is a platform action game where you control Ricky Slater on his mission to free his kidnapped father...

Moonfall: Land of Dreams Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In the town of Moonfall, dreams are being ruined by the evil known as Malus. The fate of this secluded...

Windows (2009)

The Moonkeeper is a platformer with a distinctive retro-style, in sound (no music except for the intro and the end...

Moonlight Madness ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

Your scout duty takes you into the heavily booby-trapped home of an eccentric old professor, who suddenly collapses. His pills...

NES (1990)

An alien species has set up a dormant space craft on the moon to mine the solar system's resources. As...

Commodore 64 (1990)

There's two moons around your planet. One is full of magical energy that keeps an evil snake at bay. One...

Moon's Revival Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Moon's Revival is a 2D side-scrolling platform game where the player controls the little warrior Ibn. When the moon disappears...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Princess Lalena has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord and it is your task to rescue her over four levels...

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