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Platform

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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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Ms. Splosion Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2011), iPhone (2013), iPad (2013) and Windows Phone (2013)

Ms. Splosion Man is a basically the same game as 'Splosion Man with new levels and a female protagonist. The...

Game Boy (1999)

MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head is based on the animated TV series of the same name. The plot is that the...

MSX (1989), PC-88 (1989), PC-98 (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1989)

Rogles, the tyrant who wanted to gain control over the three worlds in the universe, was defeated by Yuko, an...

The Mummy Returns Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the 2001 movie starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz, this version differs greatly from it's console version. The...

Game Boy Color (2000)

The Mummy is an action game with puzzle elements based on the movie of the same name. The plot basically...

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Mundo Gaturro: Air Rescue stars Gaturro, a popular comic book character from Argentina. The goal of the game is to...

Muramasa Rebirth: Genroku Legends - A Cause to Daikon For PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2014)

A Cause to Daikon For is one of the Genroku Lengends additional scenarios for Muramasa Rebirth. This add-on follows the...

Muramasa Rebirth: Genroku Legends - Fishy Tales of the Nekomata PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2013)

Fishy Tales of the Nekomata is one of the Genroku Lengends additional scenarios for Muramasa Rebirth. This add-on follows the...

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009) and PS Vita (2013)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a 2D side-scrolling action game with light RPG elements.The game focuses on two protagonists: Kisuke,...

MURI Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

MURI is a game inspired by late '80s and early '90s DOS platformers. You play as Adwoa, a woman in...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Times are tough living in 1930's Chicago as the Mouse Mafia have a monopoly on cheese and the inhabitants are...

NES (1986)

A game based on the manga and anime, Musashi no Ken. Players take control of Musashi, who is currently in...

Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars the story takes place after a comet passes Earth, narrowly missing it and leaving...

Musya: The Classic Japanese Tale of Horror SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Shizuka holds a talisman that has locked away the Evil One in the Abyss. Recently, a guard of the Evil...

DOS (1997)

Mutant Earth is a shareware platform game with many similarities to such titles as Duke Nukem II, Bio Menace or...

Mutant Mudds Windows Front Cover GOG.com release

Windows (2012), iPhone (2012), iPad (2012) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Mutant Mudds is an indie platformer with retro graphics. The game features five worlds, eight visual themes, 40 ordinary levels...

Mutant Mudds Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Mutant Mudds Deluxe is an updated version of Mutant Mudds. Compared to the former game, it adds 20 new Ghost...

DOS (1994)

The game is simulation of Contract Bridge cards game. The rules are usual where you (South) have to make a...

Windows (1997)

A little boy named Suk receives an unexpected visit from a fairy tale superhero named Koo. Koo explains that the...

Browser (2012)

Loosely inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this game presents a pair of lovers, trapped in the...

Mystery of the Nile Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In this unofficial adaptation of the film "The Jewel of the Nile", three travelers have been captured by a dictatorial...

Mystery Quest NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

In Mystery Quest the player is Hao, an apprentice wizard who finally has a chance to prove himself. The Great...

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

The people of Oedo Town are in a panic! A gigantic UFO shaped like a peach has arrived, and the...

Myth: History in the Making Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In this platform game, you are a mere mortal who has been called by the Gods to defeat several mythological...

Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Wii (2008)

Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom is a 1 - 4 player platform game.In a far away place and time lies...

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