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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Amstrad CPC (1989)

As man in some sort of hand-made bike/helicopter you are flying down into the catacombs of some French town. These...

Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Hot Scramble NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and NES (1986)

Kidou Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble is the first known Mobile Suit Gundam game released on the NES. Mobile Suit Gundam...

Modern Warfare 2D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This is a parody remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. All the main scenes (including the notorious "No...

Windows (2002)

Modi and Nanna are the children of Tyr, a Viking leader, and they have to rescue a village. A huge...

SNES (1995)

Protean platform hero with attitude (well, with sunglasses) rocks out in this novel but forgotten would-be Sonic-killer, collecting CDs (this...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

The follow-up to Mole Mole plays exactly like the original, which means that it is very close to Boulder Dash...

Windows (2010)

Momodora is a free, indie 2D platform game and the first entry in the Momodora trilogy. The player controls a...

Windows (2011)

Momodora II is a 2D platform game and the second entry in the Momodora series. The player controls Momo, a...

Windows (2007)

A sequel to the bizarre Mondo Medicals, Mondo Agency is a peculiar, surreal game which pits you as "Agent-65386", who...

MoneySeize Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2009)

In MoneySeize, players take control of Sir Reginald MoneySeize II, Esq., who has to collect 1010 coins to fund the...

SEGA Master System (1991)

The master of dirt, king of slime, Capitão Feio, with the help of an army of monsters, conquered the world...

Monkey Academy MSX Front Cover

ColecoVision (1984), MSX (1983) and Philips VG 5000 (1985)

This platform game is about solving arithmetic problems. In the equation one number is missing, you 'll have to find...

Monkey Bizness ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Donkey Kong provides the basic gameplay for this platforms-and-ladders game comprising 8 screens. You start at the bottom of each...

J2ME (2004)

Monkey King is based on the character of the Monkey King from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West....

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Monkey Kong, or as it was dubbed by MicroDeal, King Cuthbert, is yet another Donkey Kong clone (of course). Two...

Monkey Labour iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Monkey Labour is an 1980s handheld LCD game recreation for iOS. The game features simple gameplay but is hard to...

PlayStation (1999)

Monkey Magic is a platform game based upon a cartoon of the same name. The cartoon (and thus, the game)...

Monkey Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Based on the original television series that ran from 1978 to 1980, the player controls Monkey as he makes his...

DOS (1996)

Monmallineun Tarokbeom tells the story of a man who crossed the street on a red light and got arrested and...

Monochroma Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Monochroma is a cinematic 2.5D platformer with a silent narrative. The story is not explained, everything is shown through the...

Monster Bash DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows (2014)

The evil Count Chuck has kidnapped all the world's animals in order to turn them into soldiers in his dark...

Monster Business Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Monster Business is influenced by vintage platformers such as Mr. Do and Dig Dug. Bob owns a zoo, but the...

NES (1992)

The evil Warlock wants to take over the world! He calls his fellow monsters to join him, but several refuse...

Monster Party NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

You are a young boy with a baseball bat named Mark. On your way home from a baseball game, you...

Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Monster Rancher Explorer is an updated port of Tecmo's 1987 NES game, Solomon's Key and features environments, characters and monsters...

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