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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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Prince of Persia Classic Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2008), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

The Grand Vizier, Jaffar, has placed a curse on the girl you love - marry him - or die within...

Prince of Persia Collection Macintosh Front Cover

DOS (1999), Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

The box contains both first two installments of 'Prince of Persia' action adventure platform game, and making of 'Prince of...

Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2003)

In the first Prince of Persia game to appear on cellphones, an evil vizier has kidnapped the sultan's wives from...

Prince of Persia: Revelations PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Prince of Persia: Revelations is an enhanced port of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within for PSP. It contains all the...

Prince of Persia: Special Edition Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

A cross-promotional game intended to build buzz for the then-upcoming Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, this mini-game puts...

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Along with Wii and PSP releases of the game, Nintendo DS version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands also...

Browser (2010)

In this promotional tie-in game for The Forgotten Sands, the Prince of Persia is running, running, running through a steadily-scrolling...

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The King and the Prince of Persia are besieging the Maharajah's castle to plunder the treasures hidden inside. In order...

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Based on the console series of the same name, the Prince of Persia has been tricked into unleashing the Sands...

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Exclusive Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This box release contains: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Thrustmaster Gamepad Firestorm Dual Analag 3 with "Prince of...

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and GameStick (2014)

This is an enhanced remake of Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame first released in 1993. Like...

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005), PSP (2007), Macintosh (2008), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2007)

After many dangerous adventures, the Prince finally makes his way home to Babylon, bringing with him his new bride Kaileena,...

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005) and BlackBerry (2009)

In the mobile version of the last game in the trilogy, the prince returns to Babylon after the events of...

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is the direct sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Seven years later,...

The Princess Bride Game Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Players explore the depths of true love and adventure in the medieval realms of Florin and Guilder in this collection...

Princess Natasha: Student • Secret Agent • Princess Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Based on the flash animation series for AOL kids which ran from 2004 to 2006, this game casts the player...

Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

As a Prinny, one of the lovable, knife-wielding penguins from the Disgaea series, you have been given the task of...

Pri Pri Primitive Princess! Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

This is an action puzzle game where you control a caveman climbing a tower. The tower is filled wit monsters...

Professor Fizzwizzle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Professor Fizzwizzle is platform puzzle game where you take control of the diminutive genius, Professor Fizzwizzle. You must help the...

Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

While on vacation, Professor Fizzwizzle investigates a volcano and that lands him in a molten mystery involving Bat-Bots and a...

Project Black Sun Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

A young boy is out doing his daily jogging in the forest when suddenly he steps on a hidden trap...

Project Stormos Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Project Stormos is a fast-paced game based around movement. The player controls Robo, a robot from the planet Binarios, to...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The wedding anniversary for Penny Proud's parents is close, and that means its time to get them a present! Penny...

ZX Spectrum (1992)

You're shortly member of the city police, still called 'greenhorn' by your fellows. One day, in the middle of your...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Earth is in trouble and requires a pulsebomb which is being delivered to Earth by the cargo ship Dreadnought Nine....

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