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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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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...

Nightmare in the Toyfactory Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Nightmare in the Toyfactory is a 3D virtual reality modelling platform game for kids. The night before Christmas Professor Wizz-Bang...

Night Shift DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Macintosh (1990)

Night Shift is a strange platform/puzzle combo of a game. Thriving Toy Company seeks energetic employee to operate unconventional machine....

NightSky Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

In NightSky a boy finds a glowing sphere on the beach. He brings it home, but ever since finding it...

Night Slave PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1996)

A terrorist organization known as Slave Dog poses a threat to the entire world. Steel Fox is the name of...

Nihilumbra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Nihilumbra is a puzzle-platform game. The player takes control of the Born, an entity born out of the nothingness of...

Nimbus Windows Front Cover Newer cover version

Windows (2010)

Nimbus is a game where the player controls a small, flying craft through different environments. The introduction shows how a...

NinĀ²-Jump Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

NinĀ²-Jump (pronounced "nin nin jump") is a platform action game with a very simple story: The evil ninja Namakura has...

Ninjabread Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Wii (2007)

Happiness and peace reign in Candy Land, when all of a sudden a horde of menacing jelly monsters, rageful bees...

Ninja Bros. Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Ninja Bros. is a puzzle platform game where the goal is to make the ninjas push a button to open...

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