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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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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Jaguar (1995), SEGA CD (1994), SEGA 32X (1995) and Wii (2009)

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a side-scrolling action game in which you play adventurer Pitfall Harry Jr in search of...

Browser (2013)

Pivot is a puzzle platforming game where the goal is to collect all 49 treasure chests spread out across rooms...

PIXEL! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel the Cat has gotten bored, and decides to leave the house and head off for the city to meet...

PixelJunk Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

In PixelJunk Eden you control an arguably weird creature called a Grimp whose purpose is to expand the garden in...

Pixelkiller Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

"Lost on a far away planet... Thank God I brought my gun!"Pixelkiller is a deliberately retro-style action platformer where the...

Pixel Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel Man is a minimalist retro platforming game in which the goal is to get Pixel Man to the exit...

Pizza Panic Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

Deliver those pizzas and do it right! As Mr Ravioli's new pizza delivery person your job is to get those...

NES (1992)

A pizza delivery guy is in love with a girl named Betty. He's going about his careless job, delivering in...

Amiga (1990)

The colonization of space goes well, but there are not enough humans to do all the work. So scientists engineered...

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein is the successor of Star Gladiator released for Playstation. Like its predecessor it was first...

Windows (2007)

Something has gone wrong at a far-flung future archaeological dig; a Plasma Warrior has been called in to clean up...

Platformance: Castle Pain Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The princess has been kidnapped, and someone needs to rescue her. Of course, there's a valiant knight who is perfectly...

Atari ST (1992)

Platform Capers is a Donkey-Kong style platform game where the aim is to collect four keys and make the way...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

A compilation of four coin-op titles sprung out of the cooperation between U.S. Gold and Capcom: Strider Black Tiger Forgotten...

Playdead Presents Limbo (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

This special edition contains a game that was previously only available through digital distribution. It contains: Limbo Digital soundtrack (German...

Oric (1985)

Playground 21 is a platformer (or ladder game as it's described on the cover). It consists of a number of...

Plok SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

At one day, Plok awakes to find out that his flag has been stolen. He spots it on a neighboring...

PlayStation (2002)

In this game you play Plue, a character from the Rave Master / Groove Adventure Rave manga and anime series...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Mayor of New York has gone to open the city's latest skyscraper, but has got stuck in the malfunctioning...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are Red O'Blair and you have arrived at the Lee Valley Gold Research Base to stop it being destroyed...

DOS (1995)

Pocahontas is a side-scrolling platformer based on the Native American Indian later made famous in a Disney movie by the...

Pocket Bomberman Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy (1997) and Game Boy Color (1998)

Long, long ago, the sun was covered by a dark and heavy cloud. It was said this cloud was caused...

NES (1987)

Players take on the role of Hashimoto, a studious human boy who gets transformed into a dinosaur by one of...

Pogo Sticker Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Pogo Sticker is an unusual platformer, best described as "jump'n'run without the running". You'll have to cross the levels with...

Pointless Platform MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

Just as the name this is a rather pointless platform game. Your goal is simply to jump from platform to...

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