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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MSX (1984)

In this platform game your goal is to reach the bottom right of the screen where the exit to the...

Atari ST (2008)

Manical Drop is a puzzle game for one or two players based on Magical Drop from Data East. This is...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Manic Death Chase is a platform maze game where the screen scrolls left or right when you move your hero....

Manic Miner Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1998), Game Boy Advance (2002), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Dragon 32/64 (1984), iPhone (2010), BBC Micro (1984), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2012), bada (2011), Oric (1985), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

You play the role of Miner Willy, a bold explorer and adventurer. He discovers a network of underground caverns used...

SAM Coupé (1992)

Miner Willy fell into a forgotten mine shaft near Surbiton and discovered a network of underground caverns left by an...

Windows (2008)

The Manipulator is a platform game where the player is contracted by the government to enter a facility and destroy...

MANOS: The Hands of Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

MANOS: The Hands of Fate is a retro platformer done in the style of 8-bit games, such as Super Mario...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Man Trap is a deceptively simple arcade game for the Spectrum where the objective is to survive for as many...

Mappy NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1984), Game Gear (1991), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2005), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986), Wii U (2013), Sord M5 (1983), Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986) and Arcade (1983)

You control Mappy, a police-mouse whose job is to collect valuables (consumer electronics) from a cat's house. You are being...

NES (1989)

Mappy the mouse had a son named Happy. Happy has grown up and now wants to settle down with a...

Mappy-Land NES Front Cover

NES (1986) and Wii U (2015)

Mappy the mouse has a girlfriend named Mapica. In order to please his girlfriend, Mappy goes on a mission to...

Marbelous! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Marbelous! is a jump-and-run game with a twist. The main character is a marble. This marble changes color to access...

Marble Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Swing is a Tetris inspired puzzle game: At the top of the screen you see two lines of eight balls...

Marble Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Marble Mayhem is a 3D puzzle platformer similar to Marble Madness or the more contemporary Switchball where the player guides...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would be like if Mario could wield the portal gun from Valve's...

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a puzzle game, part of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series....

Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)

Mario and Luigi, the best plumbers in the world, have a real job on their hands. A host of characters...

Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Front Cover

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Mario Bros. Special is based on, but very different from, the original arcade game. Much like the original title, the...

DOS (1990)

Mario Brothers VGA is an unofficial remake of the classic Mario Bros. game of the arcade in VGA 16 colors.You...

Mario Clock Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario Clock is a Nintendo DSiWare app. It displays the time in 8-bit graphics. The user can switch between an...

Windows (2004)

Mario Forever is an unofficial remake of the famous Super Mario Bros. with some improvements and additions: better graphics, music...

DOS (2001)

Mario & Luigi is an unofficial DOS remake of Super Mario Bros. Just like in the original game, it features...

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

One day, the people from the Mushroom Kingdom receive an invitation to visit Pi'illo Island, turned into a touristic region....

Mario Party 6 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

This new Mario Party has a twist. Along with the four-player party action that is expected with the board game...

Mario Party DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Mario Party DS continues the Mario Party gameplay on the Nintendo DS. It is a multiplayer game played as a...

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