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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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Night Shift DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Macintosh (1990)

Night Shift is a strange platform/puzzle combo of a game. Thriving Toy Company seeks energetic employee to operate unconventional machine....

NightSky Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

In NightSky a boy finds a glowing sphere on the beach. He brings it home, but ever since finding it...

Night Slave PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1996)

A terrorist organization known as Slave Dog poses a threat to the entire world. Steel Fox is the name of...

Nihilumbra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Nihilumbra is a puzzle-platform game. The player takes control of the Born, an entity born out of the nothingness of...

Nimbus Windows Front Cover Newer cover version

Windows (2010)

Nimbus is a game where the player controls a small, flying craft through different environments. The introduction shows how a...

NinĀ²-Jump Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

NinĀ²-Jump (pronounced "nin nin jump") is a platform action game with a very simple story: The evil ninja Namakura has...

Ninjabread Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Wii (2007)

Happiness and peace reign in Candy Land, when all of a sudden a horde of menacing jelly monsters, rageful bees...

Ninja Bros. Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Ninja Bros. is a puzzle platform game where the goal is to make the ninjas push a button to open...

Ninja Chicken Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Ninja Chicken is a simple platform game with automatic scrolling. As a chicken you run from left to right avoiding...

Ninja Commando Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Players take control of a ninja and must guide him safely through various side-scrolling levels, jumping over pits, dodging obstacles...

Ninja Five-O Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Ninja cop Joe Osugi is on the case of an evil force that has come under the influence of the...

Ninja Gaiden SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1992)

The Master System version of Ninja Gaiden is not a port of the well-known NES game, but an entirely new...

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1991), NES (1991), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Arcade (1991)

This is the third entry in the series of fast-paced ninja action games, and is the last game in the...

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), NES (1990), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Arcade (1990)

A year after the events of the original Ninja Gaiden, a new villain named Ashtar receives word of Jaquio's defeat....

Browser (2011)

The Ninja Game is a simple action game consisting of 40 short levels. The player controls a ninja who has...

NES (1986)

Players take on the role of the young ninja by the name of Kanzo Hattori who is out training to...

Ninja Jajamaru-kun Wii Front Cover

Windows (2003), NES (1985), MSX (1986), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1985)

In a realm of feudal Japanese folklore the eponymous Ninja Jajamaru-kun must rescue his beloved Princess Sakura from the clutches...

MSX (1983)

Ninja-kun is a simple game featuring a ninja, plenty of treasures and patrolling guards. The player controls the ninja by...

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1986), FM-7 (1986) and Arcade (1984)

Players take control of a ninja whose goal is to defeat enemy ninjas and demons on his way to a...

Ninja Rabbits DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

The rabbit you control has ninja skills and an appropriate costume. Ninja Rabbits is a platform game where you usually...

Ninja Senki Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Kinuhime was killed by a ninja demon. Now, Hayate has become obsessed with revenge! But can revenge bring her back?Ninja...

Ninja Spirit Commodore 64 Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1988)

A ninja-based action game that has the player leading Moonlight through numerous enemy-riddled levels on a quest to exact revenge...

Ninja Train Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Ninja Train is a retro-style platform game where the player controls a ninja as viewed by a passenger on a...

Ninja UP! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Ninja UP! is a vertically oriented platform game similar to PapiJump and Doodle Jump. The player controls a ninja who...

Nintendo DSi Metronome Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Nintendo DSi Metronome is a Nintendo DSiWare app. It features a virtual metronome, the beat and tempo of which can...

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