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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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TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Monkey Kong, or as it was dubbed by MicroDeal, King Cuthbert, is yet another Donkey Kong clone (of course). Two...

Monkey Labour iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Monkey Labour is an 1980s handheld LCD game recreation for iOS. The game features simple gameplay but is hard to...

PlayStation (1999)

Monkey Magic is a platform game for the Playstation based upon a successful cartoon of the same name. The cartoon...

Monkey Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Based on the original television series that ran from 1978 to 1980, the player controls Monkey as he makes his...

DOS (1996)

Monmallineun Tarokbeom tells the story of a man who crossed the street on a red light and got arrested and...

Monster Bash DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows (2014)

The evil Count Chuck has kidnapped all the world's animals in order to turn them into soldiers in his dark...

Monster Business Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Monster Business is influenced by vintage platformers such as Mr. Do and Dig Dug. Bob owns a zoo, but the...

NES (1992)

The evil Warlock wants to take over the world! He calls his fellow monsters to join him, but several refuse...

Monster Party NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

You are a young boy with a baseball bat named Mark. On your way home from a baseball game, you...

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...

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