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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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Astyanax NES Front Cover

NES (1989) and Arcade (1989)

You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for...

Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Asylum is a platformer where the player enters the brain of young man called Sigmund. Sigmund has his share of...

Atari 2600 (2005)

Santa's reindeer have gotten lost and he must find them. The problem is that while he was an accomplished athlete...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

This is a greatest hits compilation for the Atari 8-bit computer that features: Elektraglide Colossus Chess 3.0 Blue Max Alley...

Athena Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1986)

In this game, players take the role of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, who has grown tired of her life...

Athena: Full Throttle DoJa Front Cover

DoJa (2006)

This i-mode game for the FOMA90x platform is the direct sequel to the 1986 arcade game Athena. After the events...

MSX (1984)

You play a child on a metro-cross-like dash across an obstacle course with a time limit. Your physical prowess is...

Atlantis no Nazo Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1986), Wii (2008) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

In Atlantis no Nazo, you play a nameless archaeologist who must descend into the dangerous caverns of the lost continent...

Atlantis Oceans iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Atlantis Oceans is a side-scrolling action game that takes place underwater. As the explorer Francesca Carlyle, you visit diving locations...

Atomic Betty Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

It's tough being an intergalactic superhero when you've got to finish your homework and make it in time to the...

Windows (2004)

Atomic Butcher is a freeware, post-apocalyptic platform shooter with gameplay similar to Abuse, where the main character is a survivor...

Windows (2007)

This game is a tribute to the rolling boulder of the 1981 movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the...

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Based off the cartoon show of the same name, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes places young Chad Finletter on a...

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are a factory worker and start your shift at the PuraTom processing plant and you find that all tomatoes...

Game Boy (1992)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a standard platformer based on the cartoon series of the same name (which itself...

Auf Wiedersehen Monty MSX Front Cover rotated 90 degrees

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

In Monty On the Run the intrepid coal thief Monty Mole fled to the rocky island of Gibraltar. However, the...

Amiga (1988)

Aunt Arctic Adventure is a platform game in which the player must guide Charlie the chimp through the levels to...

Aurum Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Aurum is a timed action platform game. The player's task is to collect the coins scattered randomly around the castle....

Auryn Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Inspired by the novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, Auryn Quest combines 3D adventure and puzzle-solving with arcade "jump...

Au Sable Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Au Sable is a horror-themed, side-scrolling platform shooter and the sequel to All Our Friends Are Dead. It is likely...

Game Boy Color (2000)

A collection of games and features based on the Austin Powers movie series. Included on the cart are Austin inspired...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Dr. Evil, the villain that dogs Austin Powers, now has his own video game. Following the same footsteps as Austin...

Australo Piticus Mechanicus Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Australo Piticus Mechanicus is a platform game exclusively published on the Amiga. The player has to guide the protagonist named...

DOS (1989)

Autobots is a platform game, where your player is a magnet for robots due to certain reasons. The reason for...

Commodore 64 (1985)

This is the game based on the popular 80's TV series. Automan is a Tron style computer generated super-sleuth who...

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