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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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Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

In just a few years, mankind has succeeded in destroying the environment and endangering all living species. Under the guidance...

AWOL Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

AWOL is a run and jump game similar to Canabalt. The player takes control of a lone soldier who is...

AXA J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2011)

In a post-apocalyptic world, mutant warriors attack a colony of survivors and abduct two young women. AXA, the sword-swinging heroine...

Axel's Magic Hammer Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Standard platform game where you control a boy with a magic hammer which he uses to batter the various nasties...

Windows (2004)

aXiebal 2004 is a remake of Idee Software's first game (Aktie-Bal, 1994) to celebrate Idee Software's 10th anniversary. The "hero"...

AXRIA Retro World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

AXRIA Retro World is a 2D platformer indie game, aimed toward retro gamers as it pays homage to Nintendo's black...

Azangara Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Azangara is a 3D platform game, where you must play through five castles of different colors. After the tutorial and...

Baal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Baal is a monster who has stolen a war machine. You, as leader of the "Time Warriors" must destroy his...

NES (1986)

Babel no Tō (Tower of Babel) is a platform puzzle game in which the player controls Indiana Borgnine, an archaeologist...

Windows (2008)

Late one night over at Absurd Research Labs, heroic rockstar scientist Steve Biloba and his equally brilliant evil twin Wasteve...

Baby Jo in: "Going Home" DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

As the eponymous Baby Jo you're trying to make it back home. Can a simple baby get past the four...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Baby of Can Guru is a Trial&Error-style game, in which the player controls a kangaroo that has to jump...

Baby T-Rex Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Sethron has kidnapped your young lady and taken her to his castle for experiments. You grab your skateboard and follow...

Back to Reality Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

You control an astronaut who is wearing his spacesuit and jetpack. The object of this game is to get out...

ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In this sequel to popular Skool Daze you once again you must try and save your own neck!Having managed to...

Back to the Future Part II & III NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Back to the Future Part II & III is a platform game based on the movies of the same name....

Commodore 64 (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

You are a robber, whose goal is to collect bags of money in each of the three scenes and dump...

NES (1990)

This game is a humorous "star simulation", or, better to say, a strategy game with elements of luck, in which...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

The game is based on the comedy TV show Yoshimoto no Shinkigeki, which in its turn is based on a...

MSX (1984)

Balance is an educational game. In this game you have to solve different sorts of calculations within a given time...

Supervision (1992)

Balloon Fight is a simple platform action game very similar to the better known NES title of the same name....

Balloon Kid Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Balloon Kid is a unique side-scrolling platform game. You control a little girl who's brother has floated away on a...

Browser (2004)

In Ball Revamped, the player navigates a four coloured ball from the top of the screen to the bottom. The...

Browser (2005)

The follow-up to Ball Revamped, Metaphysik has largely the same formula of a four-coloured ball navigating a place of high...

Linux (2007) and Windows (2007)

A puzzle platformer which centres around Ballz, a Biologically Armed Lower Lifeform on a mission to evacuate English soldiers from...

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