DescriptionPlatform 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.
Amstrad CPC (1986)
As a diver you explore the calm waters of the Pacific in a search of hidden treasures. Starting at the...
Atari 2600 (1983)
Pac-Kong plays very similar to Donkey Kong. The player controls an "adventurer" (called Kong in some versions of the game)...
Packrat is a sidescrolling game in which you collect the coins or buttons and get points. There is a multiplayer...
Lynx (1991), Amiga (1989), NES (1985), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1994), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1984)
Pac-Land is a side-scrolling 1-2 player game with a cartoony feel to it. Now equipped with arms, face, and legs,...
Nintendo 3DS (2011)
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is a compilation of six games including: Pac-Man Galaga Pac-Man: Championship Edition Galaga LegionsAs well as...
Atari ST (1991)
Paco has become stranded on the planet Mineoes and since he is broke he has to collect gems to afford...
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...
Pandaland is a short retro-styled platformer based on the Swedish indie pop subculture of "pandas". You play as the panda...
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...
PanicBCN is a fixed screen arcade platformer in the style of the classic Bubble Bobble. The player will take the...
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 is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as chef Cookie. The rival chef Ohdove has taken over...
A clone of Universal's classic Space Panic, this game has you scaling platforms on which evil space aliens roam. Armed...
Paper Cakes is a platformer with puzzle elements made by a team of students from the Utrecht School of the...
Nintendo 3DS (2012)
After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario Bros.
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman Legends
- 93 Super Metroid
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Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2005)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
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- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 3.70 Aero the Acro-Bat (2010)
- 3.60 Aero the Acro-Bat 2 (2010)
- 4.36 Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun! (2006)
- 3.67 Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (2009)
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