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.
In the first Prince of Persia game to appear on cellphones, an evil vizier has kidnapped the sultan's wives from...
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A cross-promotional game intended to build buzz for the then-upcoming Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, this mini-game puts...
Nintendo DS (2010)
Along with Wii and PSP releases of the game, Nintendo DS version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands also...
In this promotional tie-in game for The Forgotten Sands, the Prince of Persia is running, running, running through a steadily-scrolling...
Game Boy Advance (2003)
Based on the console series of the same name, the Prince of Persia has been tricked into unleashing the Sands...
This box release contains: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Thrustmaster Gamepad Firestorm Dual Analag 3 with "Prince of...
As a Prinny, one of the lovable, knife-wielding penguins from the Disgaea series, you have been given the task of...
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....
Psycho Dream is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, similar in style to Valis games, though less story-driven....
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