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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Windows 3.x (1993)

You are MicroMan, stuck inside a computer. You must run, jump, and shoot your way out. Along the way are...

MicroMan Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

MicroMan is a platform game. The action takes place on a planet named Galaxia. The player controls a robot who...

Microsoft Puzzle Collection Entertainment Pack Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

6 Puzzle Games designed by Alexey Pajitnov, the original Tetris designer, on one Gameboy Color cartridge.Jewel Chase. A level based...

Microsoft Revenge of Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This set of games, the third in Microsoft's (video) "Arcade" series, features emulations of five Namco games:Mappy Motos Ms. Pac-Man...

Midas Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Midas is a puzzle platformer. In each of the game's 15 levels the goal is to help King Midas reunite...

Midnight Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Midnight is an arcade platform game. An old wizard Al is going to destroy the Hrkach Castle. As all the...

Midnight Resistance Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

The Midnight Resistance fighters are up against the awesome powers of mad scientist King Crimson and his Crimson Corps. Crimson...

Browser (2005)

Midnight Strike is a game where the player needs to kill the enemies while avoiding their attacks and find the...

Miecze Valdgira Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Miecze Valdgira (Valdgir's Swords) is an action/adventure game, starring the gnome Aldir, who must find the five eponymous swords in...

Miecze Valdgira II: Władca Gór Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1995), Commodore 64 (1995) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

Miecze Valdgira II: Władca Gór is an action-adventure game. This time king Aldir must defeat Bloody Zenon, that uses Cyclops...

Mighty Bombjack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), NES (1986), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2014)

The sequel to the original Bomb Jack, Mighty Bombjack brings side scrolling to the series, and brings it closer to...

Mighty Flip Champs! PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Nintendo DSi (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Take control of multiple dimensions as Alta in Mighty Flip Champs! Navigate your way through different worlds and dimensions as...

Mighty Jill Off Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2010)

Mighty Jill Off is a vertical side-scroller, with a plot revolving around Jill Off and her mistress, the Queen, with...

Mighty Milky Way Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2011)

Mighty Milky Way is the second game in WayForward's Mighty series, after Mighty Flip Champs!. The player controls a cute...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the player gets to play as any of the rangers (Jason, Trini, Billy, Kimberly, and...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Based upon the TV show, MMPR lets the players choose from the five Power Rangers and transverse five levels to...

Mighty Switch Force! Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Mighty Switch Force! is a side-scrolling platform shooter which puts the player in charge of cybernetic police officer Patricia Wagon...

Mighty Switch Force! 2 Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Patricia Wagon returns, but this time as a firefighter. Tangent City is on fire, and it's up to Officer Wagon...

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Wii U (2012)

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is an update of Mighty Switch Force!. As well as re-drawn visuals, this version...

Amiga (1987)

In Mike: The Magic Dragon the player takes control of Mike, a baby dragon, who was kidnapped by professor Dragan...

Amiga (1996)

Miki is a timed platform game. The cruel sorcerer attacked a quiet kingdom. The player must defeat the enemy through...

Milon's Secret Castle Game Boy Front Cover Re-release

Game Boy (1993), NES (1986), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Milon, a child of the Kingdom of Hudson, must go on a quest to rescue Queen Eliza from an evil...

Milo the Fuel Run DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Milo: the Fuel Run is a side scrolling platform game with you being a skater trying to save the world's...

DOS (1995)

Platform puzzle game in which your are Mimi and you must avoid the mites or shoot them and find your...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Mind Control is a single screen game split into two parts where your mission is to destroy Zyco, an indestructible...

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