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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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Browser (2015)

You are a cat. It's early in the morning, and - tragedy of tragedies - your human is not awake...

Browser (2012)

Loosely inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this game presents a pair of lovers, trapped in the...

Mystery of the Nile Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In this unofficial adaptation of the film "The Jewel of the Nile", three travelers have been captured by a dictatorial...

Mystery Quest NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Mystery Quest is a modified version of Hao Kun no Fushigina Tabi. The player is Hao, an apprentice wizard who...

Windows (2009)

Mystical Chain is 2D action game. It is a hybrid of a fighing game and a single-screen platform game, like...

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

The people of Oedo Town are in a panic! A gigantic UFO shaped like a peach has arrived, and the...

Arcade (1993)

Mystic Warriors is 2D side scrolling action-platform game, similar in style to Sunset Riders, but with ninja. Action takes place...

Myth: History in the Making Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In this platform game, you are a mere mortal who has been called by the Gods to defeat several mythological...

Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Wii (2008)

Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom is a 1 - 4 player platform game.In a far away place and time lies...

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Wii (2008)

Myth Makers: Trixie in Toyland is a 3D platform game in a fantasy toys world.Evil Penumbra has stolen the Myth...

N+ Xbox 360 Front Cover first version

Xbox 360 (2008)

You are a ninja. Highly skilled in the art of collecting gold, ninja flips and wall jumps, and avoiding the...

N+ Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008) and PSP (2008)

N+ is an enhanced version of the game N, originally a flash based browser game. Players control a small, but...

N90 LAN Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

N90 LAN is a platform shooter multiplayer game intended to be played over a local area network. It has some...

Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshū 80 Nichi Daibōken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshū 80 Nichi Daibōken is an action-platformer game based on an 70s anime movie starring...

Nail 'n Scale Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Nail 'n Scale is a mixture of Jump'n Run and puzzle game. The player character can jump and throw nails...

Game Boy (1996)

Namco Gallery Vol. 1 is the first in a series of classic game compilations for the Game Boy. It includes...

Game Boy (1997)

Namco Gallery Vol. 3 is the last in a series of classic game compilations for the Game Boy. It includes...

Namco Museum PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

A total of 12 games are offered in Namco Museum: Pac-Man Pac-Man Arrangement Galaga Galaga Arrangement Dig Dug Dig Dug...

Namco Museum Remix Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

This entry in the Namco Museum is the first to appear on the Wii platform. It contains a number of...

Namco Museum Vol. 5 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

This Namco Museum series member combines Pac-Mania, Dragon Spirit (which is a combination of 1942 and Xevious), Metro-Cross (a type...

Nano Ninja Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Nano Ninja is a one-button action-skill game. In each level the button makes the ninja character perform a different action,...

Windows (2008)

Nano Pack Vol. 1 is a compilation of mini-games not released individually as a single zip file with three executables....

Napple Tale: Arsia in Daydream Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

The player controls Arsia, a young girl, wandering around Napple town and levels themed around the four seasons. To restore...

Amiga (1989)

Narcissus is 2D arcade side-scrolling platform run' n 'gun game, similar to Contra. The player controls long-haired, commando-like guy with...

Narcissus Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Narcissus is a side-scrolling platform game with two playing characters, a black and a white human figure, controlled simultaneously by...

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