DescriptionPlatform 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.
Wii U (2013)
In NES Remix, a collection of Nintendo games — classics as well as less renowned ones — are re-presented with...
Nevermore is a very short side-scrolling platformer. The object of the game is simply to get to the end of...
Game Boy Color (1999)
The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley is a puzzle platforming game featuring Mary-Kate, Ashley, and their dog Clue. In...
New Boggle Boggle is an arcade-style platformer very similar to Bubble Bobble. In a single-player game the player controls a...
Wii U (2013)
New Super Luigi U is an expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U. It replaces Mario with Luigi as Player...
Nintendo DS (2006)
In an all new 2D side-scrolling adventure, Mario and Luigi return after nearly fifteen years. The first traditional Mario Bros....
Nintendo 3DS (2012)
Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with...
Wii U (2012)
New Super Mario Bros. U is the second console installment of the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series, and the first...
Princess Peach has been kidnapped! Again! Everyone was celebrating the Princess' birthday when a giant birthday cake arrived... but then...
Nintendo DS (2007)
The game is a remake of the classic platformer The New Zealand Story. As in the original, the player takes...
Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), NES (1991), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008), FM Towns (1989), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Arcade (1988)
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The entire galaxy is threatened by a virus epidemic, which transforms humans into alien controlled mutants. This worst case scenario...
Nidhogg is a fighting game played as a 2D side-scrolling platformer. In the single-player arcade mode the player guides a...
Nightmare Circus is a beat'em-up mixed with elements from platform games and fighting games, made for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario All-Stars
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2005)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.