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.
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...
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 Compilation is a collection of Rayman related desktop themes and screensavers. It includes a 60-level edition of the original...
Rayman: Gold is a collection of the original Rayman (1995), plus 24 new levels and a level editor.
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...
Three years after the third major Rayman game, the limbless hero returns for a new adventure. Unlike the console versions...
Game Boy Advance (2006)
While taking a nap one fine day, Rayman was ambushed by a horde of mischievous, mad Rabbids! Secretly plotting over...
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 is a collection of twelve mini-games starring the Raving Rabbids (spin-off to Ubisoft's Rayman series)....
This twin pack includes: Rayman Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Featuring the cast of characters from the 3D platform title, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman Rush is a collection...
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...
In the year 5069 A.D., an alien invasion has devastated the planet, nearly killing the entire population and leaving the...
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