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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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...

PARAGON DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1990)

Street Ball is an Arcade/Puzzle game where your goal is to guide a bouncing ball through a maze collecting treasures...

Amiga (1992)

In Paramax, the player is trapped in a virtual world. It consists of several sub-worlds, representing the levels of the...

Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2008)

This sequel to Rainbow Islands sees a return to the gameplay of Bubble Bobble, but with Bub and Bob in...

Parky and the Yellow Submarine Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

In this game, players control Parky who has the task of collecting gold tokens before time runs out. He is...

Windows (2006)

It's something we've all suspected all along -- there's a Dungeon full of deadly traps out there somewhere, and you...

DOS (1994)

Deep in the Xon system lies a source of absolute power, protected by dangerous creatures known as the Octaxon. Weighing...

Atari 2600 (1983)

This tape contains five two or four player games in one package. They are:Bop a Buggy: Drive your buggy through...

Party of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Up until recently, the seven sins ruled over all the mortal desires. They escaped the wrath of the angels by...

DOS (1994)

Norumbega was a peaceful land. But all is not well in Norumbega as, Fang Duck, the evil ruler of the...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Historically, attack of Japanese Forces on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour in 7 December, 1941 involved the U.S. in...

Pegasus Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

In this game, an evil demon called Satan has spread chaos in the world, and someone has to stop him....

Windows (2003)

In this platform game, you play Pekka, a rooster from Finland set out to rescue the chickens that were stolen...

Pendulous Windows Phone Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and Windows Phone (2012)

Pendulous is a 2D, pendulum-motion platformer, set in a steam-driven clockwork world. The player controls a displaced gear, swinging from...

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and Browser (2014)

In Pengie you control a penguin trying to get along in an overcrowded penguin colony. The game is a single-screen...

Penguin Adventure MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986), Wii (2009) and Wii U (2014)

Penguin Adventure: the main character - a male penguin - must save the penguin princess from a sickness that has...

Penguin Land SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

In Penguin Land, you must control a penguin trying to get his (her?) egg down to the bottom of the...

Windows (2002)

In this game the player takes the role of Pepper Man, a meerkat, who has to cross the land of...

Amiga (1997)

Permonie is a puzzle platformer. The story revolves around a Dwarf who tries to save his king Permon XXVII. The...

Persian Gulf Inferno Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The story is told quick enough: in 1990, terrorists capture the world's largest oil reserve and threaten to blow up...

Perspective Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Perspective is an experimental game in which the player must guide a two-dimensional character through a three-dimensional environment. Inside the...

NES (1990)

When Ronnie the Super Rat radiates earth with a pest beam from his moon base, the world leaders' only hope...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1985)

Peter Pack Rat loves to collect things by his home in the local junkyard. Peter must collect a certain amount...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Phantomas ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Phantomas is a Jet Set Willy-influenced platform game consisting of 80 rooms. The task is to reach a millionaire's mansion...

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