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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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Orphan Feast Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Orphan Feast is set in London circa 1886. The player controls Creaky Tom, who is hired by Oliver Twisted to...

Oscar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1996), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Your name is Oscar. You have to run and jump through 7 Levels in Hollywood-style (Science Fiction, Western, Horror, Cartoons,...

Oscura Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Oscura is a side-scrolling platformer with the eponymous character whose job was to protect the lighthouse. Its ray kept the...

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekij┼Ź Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1988)

One day, Osomatsu's five brothers went missing. The mischievous Iyami, of course, must be behind this! With great haste, Osomatsu...

Ostron ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Riding an Ostrich, you must do battle with buzzard-mounted knights. Rather than shooting at them or fighting hand-to-hand, the combat...

The Ottifants Genesis Front Cover

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

Bruno is a baby Ottifant. It's an ordinary evening, and Bruno's dad is working late at office. Reason enough for...

Arcade (1995)

A shadowy figure known only as Mr. Acme has hired seven hitmen to eliminate seven big-time art collectors - and...

Outland Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Outland is a 2D platformer that combines mechanics from different games and genres, with fast and agile movement, a large...

Out of This World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (2006), Windows 3.x (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Jaguar (2013), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), 3DO (1994), Apple IIgs (1992), Symbian (2005), Zodiac (2007) and Macintosh (1993)

A young physics professor named Lester conducts a particle experiment. Suddenly, something goes wrong, a lightning strikes, and in a...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Out on a Limb is a flick screen platform game based on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. You...

Oxymous Prime Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oxymous Prime is a hybrid between a shot'em up and a platform game, developed with RPG Maker VX and released...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players control Ozzy who was forced to land his spaceship on a planet after it ran out...

Windows (2003)

An evil wizard has ruined a once-peaceful land, and the Pac Brothers must save it. In this Bubble Bobble style...

Amstrad CPC (1986)

As a diver you explore the calm waters of the Pacific in a search of hidden treasures. Starting at the...

Pac-in-Time DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Game Boy (1995), SNES (1995) and Macintosh (1994)

Everybody knows what/who Pac-Man is from his heyday in the '80s, but this time, we're getting a whole new adventure...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Pac-Kong plays very similar to Donkey Kong. The player controls an "adventurer" (called Kong in some versions of the game)...

DOS (1992)

Packrat is a sidescrolling game in which you collect the coins or buttons and get points. There is a multiplayer...

Pac-Land Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1991), Amiga (1989), NES (1985), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1994), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1984)

Pac-Land is a side-scrolling 1-2 player game with a cartoony feel to it. Now equipped with arms, face, and legs,...

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is a compilation of six games including: Pac-Man Galaga Pac-Man: Championship Edition Galaga LegionsAs well as...

Pac-Man World 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Long ago, an evil stronger then anything before or after it, was trapped underneath a tree, which grew the five...

Pac-Man World 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2003), Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2005)

Pac-Man is teleported by Orson through 14 different levels to fight Erwin, his army of robots, monsters and Spectral Entities...

Atari ST (1991)

Paco has become stranded on the planet Mineoes and since he is broke he has to collect gems to afford...

The Pagemaster Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994), Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

The Pagemaster was released in conjunction with the Macaulay Culkin part action/part cartoon feature film released in 1994. Guide your...

Windows (2006)

Inspired by Seiklus and Velella, Painajainen is a short freeware platformer created in 2 weeks for a Finnish development competition....

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

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