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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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DOS (1990)

In this simulation of the famous TV game show, the questions are asked, and players must find the answers, which...

Windows (2001)

For a true fan of the *NSYNC band.In the game you have to live your life and gain a new...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Cyril the Squirrel is due to start hibernating but has yet to collect and store all the nuts he needs...

Nuts & Milk Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1984), Commodore 64 (1985), DoJa (2003), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

In this Arcade game the gameplay is quite simple, the hero, named "Milk" must get all the fruits in the...

Windows (2004)

This adventure game sends Nyamiru, a cavalier puss-in-boots, and Bonzu, a pooch in a kabuto, through four levels of a...

Nyan-Tech Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Nyan-Tech is a retro-style platform game where the goal is simply to guide a small cat-girl to collect a key...

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

NyxQuest is a platform game. You control Nyx, a mysterious winged girl in the search of her missing friend Icarus....

Oberon 69 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You find yourself in a world where the air has become unbreathable and Sun's light barely reaches planet Earth. With...

Obliterator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

You play Drak, the last of the Obliterators (genetically enhanced machines bio engineered for otherwise impossible missions.) Your mission is...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Obocchama-kun is an action game based on the TV anime of the same name (which itself is based on a...

Octapolis Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

By the year 3897 the Galactic Imperium had conquered almost the entire galaxy. Only the planet Octapolis could resist the...

Oddnose J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

Oddnose is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular character, a pink balloon-animal. The goal of the game is to pick...

Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

In Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Abe shut down Rupture farms and saved his buddies from becoming snacks. But Rupture farms was...

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Windows Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Abe is a Mudokon, a member of a once prosperous race which has now been enslaved by the Glukkons, forced...

Oddworld: Adventures 2 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Oddworld Adventures 2 plays very similarly to other Oddworld games. Abe's job is to free his fellow Mudokons who are...

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

After rescuing his people from the hands of death, Abe finds himself teaming up with another creature that needs his...

PlayStation 4 (2014)

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a faithful remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee where the pre-rendered sceneries are recreated in real-time...

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox (2005)

A bounty hunter known only as the Stranger is pursuing and capturing various criminals, trying to earn enough money for...

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is a HD remake of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath. It retains the original game and adds the...

Odin Sphere PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Odin Sphere is a side-scrolling action game with RPG elements, featuring a combination of 2D and 3D graphics. The game...

Amiga (1995)

The hero of this game does have his share of family conflicts. His uncle murdered his father who also happened...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The game is set on Christmas Eve, with Santa (Father Christmas) rushing to deliver presents to the entire world.After the...

Offspring Fling! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Offspring Fling! is a puzzle platform game. A monster has scared away all of a mother's furry children and she...

Atari ST (1993)

Oh No! Not More Radioactive Mineshafts! is a collect'em-up game for one player. You have been dumped at the bottom...

Old School Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Chris wakes up in a dark, spike-filled cavern with no recollection of how long he's been out. What happened? Mango!...

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