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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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Mr.AahH!! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Mr.AahH!! is a 2D platforming game where the the player's timing and precision skills are put to the test. In...

Mr Bean's Wacky World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2009)

Mr Bean's Wacky World is a third person action game based on the 2002 animated series featuring Rowan Atkinson's famous...

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Basically a remake of the SNES game Super Troll Islands, but superficially incorporating TV character Mr Blobby, who was famous...

Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

A philosopher named DaGoulian came up with a dubious doctrine: he believes that the only way to ensure the survival...

Mr. Chin's Gourmet Paradise Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Mr. Chin is hungry! Help him eat his favorite snack, the delectable peach, by using laser emitting bowls to trap...

Mr. Cool Atari 8-bit Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You as a cube jump on the pyramid built with color-changing platforms. You have to make all platforms of the...

Atari ST (1991)

Mr Dice is a puzzle game written in STOS. You control Mr Dice at the bottom of the screen and...

Mr. Do!'s Castle ColecoVision Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1983)

Mr. Do!'s Castle is an action platform game which has you in a castle consisting of several floors, each of...

MSX (1986) and Arcade (1984)

Mr. Do in a roller coaster, this time. You have try to reach the top of the rollercoaster. As the...

Mr. Driller PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000), Game Boy Color (2000), PSP (2006), WonderSwan Color (2001), PlayStation 3 (2006), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1999)

Mr. Driller's world has been covered with mysterious blocks. Armed with only a mighty drill, you'll have to dig your...

Mr. Driller 2 Wii U Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

You play the game as Susumu or Anna. Equipped with nothing but a pressurized suit and a drill, you need...

Mr. Driller: Drill Land GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Mr. Driller and his friends are invited to the opening of Drill Land, a theme park with five different attractions....

Mr. DRILLER: Drill Spirits Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Mr. Driller, experienced with the drill, much use his abilities to dig beneath the Earth's crust in a race to...

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Journey to the center of the earth with Mr. Driller and his friends. Take part in three different game modes...

PlayStation (2001)

Mr. Driller G is a another entry in Namco's series of arcade puzzle games. As in the previous titles, the...

Mr. Gimmick NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Mr. Gimmick is a little doll with a life of its own, that's given to a girl for her birthday....

Mr. Nutz Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), Game Boy Color (1999), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

You are the cool squirrel of the title, and you must defeat the evil Yeti before he freezes the entire...

Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Similarities with the other Mr. Nutz game only go as far as the title and main character, although both are...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In a land of dinosaurs and hardships, humans have to be tough to survive but unfortunately a new breed of...

Mr. Robot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

A starship called 'The Eidolon' is transporting colonists to a new planet when the ship's computer starts to go a...

Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

You are in control of a robot and have to guide him through 22 platform levels using ladders, treadmills, trampolines,...

DOS (1999)

Mr. Tomato is a platform game that graphically resembles Bubba 'N' Stix, an enhanced version of Amiga game of the...

Mr. Wimpy: The Hamburger Game Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Oric (1984)

Mr. Wimpy is a one-player game, where the character controls Mr. Wimpy whose favorite hobby is making tasty hamburgers. In...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Mr Wino is trapped in his own nightmare after a night out getting drunk and falling asleep in his home....

DOS (1996)

MesiBamba Shel Bamba was released as part of a marketing campaign for the Israeli snack Bamba.The player is cast as...

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