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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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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 (2005), 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...

Windows (2009)

Pandaland is a short retro-styled platformer based on the Swedish indie pop subculture of "pandas". You play as the panda...

Pandemonium! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1997), N-Gage (2003), PSP (2009), BREW (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009), N-Gage (service) (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The young sorceress Nikki, the court jester Fargus, and his side-kick Sid the puppet are the three main protagonists of...

Pang Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Pang is a platform game which consists of 50 levels in total. It can be played with one or two...

Arcade (1992)

Pang Pom's is a single screen platform game in which players must burst all of the balloons on the screen...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In this game, the object is to destroy the red monsters in the level. This can be done by laying...

Windows (2006)

PanicBCN is a fixed screen arcade platformer in the style of the classic Bubble Bobble. The player will take the...

VIC-20 (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

An original game, Panic Button involved one working on a multi-level manufacturing line, trying to keep up orders by assembling...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Panic Planet is a single screen platformer inspired by the arcade game Space Panic where you must rid various levels...

Panic Restaurant NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Panic Restaurant is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as chef Cookie. The rival chef Ohdove has taken over...

Panique MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

A clone of Universal's classic Space Panic, this game has you scaling platforms on which evil space aliens roam. Armed...

Paper Cakes Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Paper Cakes is a platformer with puzzle elements made by a team of students from the Utrecht School of the...

Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2015)

Up in Star Haven, there exists a Star Wand that allows the stars to grant wishes to those who are...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Paper Monsters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2014)

Paper Monsters is a platformer set in a world made of paper. It was once a happy land but then...

Paper Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Paper Moon is a short side-scrolling platformer entirely done in black and white, and with the graphical style of a...

PapiJump Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2008), Android (2008), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

PapiJump is a game of reflexes. The player controls Mr.Papi, the red ball guy, and must go up as high...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Papyrus is a platform game based on the Belgian comic and animated series of the same name by Lucien de...

Atari ST (1989)

Parabellum is a multi-screen platform game written in STOS.In an earlier life you were a terrible person and as punishment...

Parachute Panic iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

The goal of Parachute Panic is to guide a large number of skydivers to safety. Many planes are flying over...

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