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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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Rayman 10th Anniversary GameCube Front Cover Outer Sleeve

GameCube (2005)

This is a limited-edition pack containing Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and 4 episodes of the Rayman animated series. This version...

Rayman 10th Anniversary Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

This 10th anniversary Rayman compilation contains the following three games: Rayman 2: The Great Escape Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Rayman...

Rayman 2 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Rayman 2 for the Game Boy Color is a 2D side-scrolling platformer. You play as Rayman, an odd looking creature...

Rayman 2: The Great Escape Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), Dreamcast (2000), Nintendo 64 (1999), Nintendo DS (2005), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), iPhone (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Admiral Razorbeard and his gang of robot pirates have enslaved all the creatures in Rayman's world, including the peaceful Teensies...

Rayman 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and N-Gage (2003)

Globox, a friend of Rayman, has placed the world in peril. By eating the Lord of the Dark Lums, Globox...

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Globox, a friend of Rayman, has placed the world into a deadly possibility. By eating Andre, the Lord of the...

DOS (1999) and Windows (1999)

Rayman Collector includes: Rayman Rayman Designer (aka Rayman Gold) - 24 levels and a level editor Rayman by His Fans...

Rayman Compilation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rayman Compilation is a collection of Rayman related desktop themes and screensavers. It includes a 60-level edition of the original...

Rayman Forever Windows Front Cover Includes Rayman2 promo

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Another collection of 2D Rayman, this one features the original Rayman, the editor (including 24 new levels), and "Rayman by...

Rayman: Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Rayman: Gold is a collection of the original Rayman (1995), plus 24 new levels and a level editor.

Rayman: Hoodlum's Revenge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A spin-off in the Rayman series, Hoodlum's Revenge takes place directly after the events from Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and...

Rayman Jungle Run Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2013)

Rayman Jungle Run is a auto-run platformer that's built on the technology of Rayman Origins and it also features the...

Rayman Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013), Wii U (2013), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Rayman Legends is a 2D platform game and a sequel to Rayman Origins. After the events of the previous game...

Rayman Origins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

During what appears to be a normal day, Rayman and his friends are chilling out on a giant tree in...

Rayman Origins (Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This collector's edition includes: Rayman Origins artbook soundtrack "pop-up" diorama

Rayman Raving Rabbids J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Three years after the third major Rayman game, the limbless hero returns for a new adventure. Unlike the console versions...

Rayman Raving Rabbids Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

While taking a nap one fine day, Rayman was ambushed by a horde of mischievous, mad Rabbids! Secretly plotting over...

Rayman Raving Rabbids Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Rayman's world has been invaded by an army of crazed Rabbids! They've got their sights set on the world, and...

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party is a collection of twelve mini-games starring the Raving Rabbids (spin-off to Ubisoft's Rayman series)....

PlayStation (2002)

This twin pack includes: Rayman Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Rayman Rush PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Featuring the cast of characters from the 3D platform title, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman Rush is a collection...

rComplex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

rComplex is a daring escape game slightly reminiscent of the contemporary Canabalt. Players control a caped man who needs to...

Game Boy (1992)

The Real Ghostbusters, known as Garfield Labyrinth in Europe and Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth in Japan, is a...

SNES (1996)

In the year 5069 A.D., an alien invasion has devastated the planet, nearly killing the entire population and leaving the...

Realm of the Trolls Amiga Front Cover

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

The trolls are posing a threat to humanity, and it's your job to sort them out in this traditional-style platform...

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