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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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Astérix and the Secret Mission Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The druid Getafix is out of magic potion, and Astérix and Obelix are set out on a secret mission: to...

Astérix and the Vikings J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Asterix and the Vikings is a mobile game released as a tie-in with the 2006 animation film of the same...

Asterix & Obelix Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Game Boy Color (1999)

Being the predecessor of Asterix and Obelix for SNES, this game features the same story as it's later counterpart -...

Astérix & Obélix Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and SNES (1996)

Astérix & Obélix is a platform game where one player can choose to control either Astérix or Obélix or two...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Asterix & Obelix: Bash Them All! is a 2D side-scrolling platform game based on the French comic series Astérix. It...

Astérix: Search for Dogmatix Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Asterix and Obelix (based on the French comic book series), must embark on a journey from the forests of France...

Astérix: The Gallic War PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

The Gallic War is a light-hearted action-strategy hybrid game featuring the popular Asterix comic book characters. You play as Asterix,...

Amiga (1996)

Astral is a science fiction platform game. The action takes place in the land called Magoon. Imprisoned centuries ago demon...

Astral Mobile Android Front Cover

J2ME (2007), BlackBerry (2007) and Android (2010)

Astral Mobile is a conversion of Amiga's Astral from 1996. The background of the game remains unchanged. The action takes...

MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You play the game as a repair man equipped with a jetpack and an upwards firing plasma laser. Your mission...

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...

Game Boy (1992)

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

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...

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...

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