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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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Mega Man X8 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

In the late 22nd century, humans have commenced a construction of an orbital elevator to the Moon. A Reploid named...

Mega Man XTreme Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Mega Man X hits the Gameboy Color! When an unknown hacker group breaks into a super system known as the...

Mega Man Zero 4 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

You play as Zero again in this fourth installment of the Megaman Zero series, you will have to fight against...

Mega Man Zero Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Mega Man Zero Collection is a set of all four games in the Mega Man Zero series on a single...

Mega Man ZX Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Many years after the events in the Mega Man Zero series, humans and Reploids (humanoid robots) have at last found...

Mega Man ZX Advent Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Grey was a Reploid found in a hidden factory in suspended animation, accidentally awakened during battle. Ashe was a human...

Windows (2006)

Megamari is a 2D doujin platform game, based on the Tōhō universe. Patchouli is angry at Marisa and Alice as...

Megamind: The Blue Defender PSP Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010) and PSP (2010)

Megamind: The Blue Defender, is a 3D character action game with additional elements of exploration, puzzle solving and ability collecting/swapping....

Memory Manor Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Wee Willie is a window washer at an apartment who wants to keep his customers happy. Some of the customers...

NES (1990)

In Menace Beach, the player is a random guy whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by Demon Dan on her way...

Game Boy Color (1998)

Men in Black: The Series is based on the 1997 film and subsequent cartoon series.Evil alien races are infiltrating New...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Evil aliens, agent clones and monstrous bosses; just another day in the life of the MIBs. This sequel to the...

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames is a side-scrolling flash game, made to promote the Mercenaries 2 console games. In...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

Merry Xmas Santa is a 2D platform game. The player controls Santa Claus and must visit all chimneys. He must...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Your land has been invaded by the evil Kremins and with their magic turned all your friends and family into...

Amiga (1992)

Neo York, 2057. The city is ruled by terror, and only E-F-I-S-T (En-Forcement Iron Suit Troopers) can restore freedom!Metal Law...

NES (1990)

You control the pilot of a MetalMech vehicle (which looks similar to ED-209 of Robocop licenses) who can move across...

Metal Mutant DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Metal Mutant is an action game, where you control the eponymous machine, sent to the planet Kronox to find and...

Arcade (1994)

Metal Saver is an arcade 2D platform game, similar to Snow Brothers, or Bubble Bobble. The player can choose from...

Metal Slug 1st Mission Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

As a member of the elite forces squad "Peregrine Falcons," your mission is to eliminate the evil Colonel Bildegaarn. Using...

Metal Slug 2nd Mission Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

Take control of the Metal Slug tank on the NGPC once again, this time to defeat the rebel strike force...

Metal Slug 2: Super Vehicle - 001/II PSP Front Cover

Neo Geo (1998), PSP (2011), Neo Geo CD (1998), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2008), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Arcade (1998)

As Marco, Eri, Tarma, or Fio, you must defeat the evil General Morden and his henchman. To do this, you...

Metal Slug 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2004), Neo Geo (2000), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2015), Wii (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Arcade (2000)

In the third installment of the Metal Slug series, General Morden is back and he plans to establish a new...

Metal Slug 4 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Neo Geo (2002), Wii (2013) and Arcade (2002)

An organization called "Amadeus" wants to take over all the military computers in the world using a new virus they...

Metal Slug 4 & 5 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

This compilation of the original arcade shooters Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug 5 combines the two fast-paced side-scrolling games...

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