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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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The Neverending Story II: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The Neverending Story II is a platform game which is largely based on the movie. The concept is simple: you're...

Browser (2005)

Nevermore is a very short side-scrolling platformer. The object of the game is simply to get to the end of...

New Adventure Island TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2006)

Somewhere on the peaceful Adventure Island, Master Higgins weds Tina, the new "Miss Island". Everyone who was invited to the...

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Game Boy Color Front Cover

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...

MSX (1988)

New Boggle Boggle is an arcade-style platformer very similar to Bubble Bobble. In a single-player game the player controls a...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

New Boggle Boggle 2 looks and plays identically to New Boggle Boggle. It features 150 stages, most of which are...

New Super Luigi U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

New Super Luigi U is an expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U. It replaces Mario with Luigi as Player...

New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In an all new 2D side-scrolling adventure, Mario and Luigi return after nearly fifteen years. The first traditional Mario Bros....

New Super Mario Bros. 2  Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with...

New Super Mario Bros. U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2012)

New Super Mario Bros. U is the second console installment of the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series, and the first...

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Princess Peach has been kidnapped! Again! Everyone was celebrating the Princess' birthday when a giant birthday cake arrived... but then...

Newton Adventure Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Newton Adventure is a 2D platform game with a unique feature: in order to get through the 21 levels, the...

Nintendo DS (2007)

The game is a remake of the classic platformer The New Zealand Story. As in the original, the player takes...

The New Zealand Story Genesis Front Cover

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)

One day, a kiwi tribe was having fun and games outside the zoo, only to be kidnapped by the evil-minded...

Nickelodeon: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

In this game, based on popular Nickelodeon comics, you control three monsters: Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm. The Gromble, a headmaster...

Nickelodeon: Rocket Power - Beach Bandits PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

It's summer time at Ocean Shores, but the sand at the beach has magically disappeared. Otto, Reggie, Twister and Sam...

Nickelodeon: Rugrats - Royal Ransom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The Rugrats embark on a magical adventure to the Play Palace 3000. As the kids all take turns climbing up...

Nick Naster's eXtinction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The entire galaxy is threatened by a virus epidemic, which transforms humans into alien controlled mutants. This worst case scenario...

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots is a side-scrolling platform game. It involves popular characters from several Nicktoons franchises such as...

Nicky 2 iPhone Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Macintosh (2011) and iPhone (2009)

The sequel to Nicky Boom; this time Nicky must find out who has been removing ladders and blocking off caves...

Nicky Boom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Macintosh (2011) and iPhone (2008)

The sorceress Zoldrane kidnapped and casted an evil spell upon your grandfather. She wants to force him to reveal the...

Nidhogg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Nidhogg is a fighting game played as a 2D side-scrolling platformer. In the single-player arcade mode the player guides a...

Night Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

NightHunter is an action game in which you actually get to play as Count Dracula. Dracula will have the ability...

Nightmare Circus Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Nightmare Circus is a beat'em-up mixed with elements from platform games and fighting games, made for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The...

Arcade (2000)

This was an ancient story when people still believed in witchcraft.There lived one gravedigger at a very small village in...

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