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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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RNFF: Running Naked in a Field of Flowers MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

J-war, Eisbaer23 and Tapeworm, three MSX sceners, have borrowed Snout's holiday house. Each day, they run naked through the fields...

Road Runner's Death Valley Rally SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Everybody has remembered waking up early on the weekend to watch Saturday morning cartoons. But would would happen if the...

Amiga (1988)

In Robbeary the player takes the role of Berrie Bear, a successful criminal. And a bear, hence the title. His...

PlayStation (1999)

Robbit Mon Dieu, sometimes unofficially called "Jumping Flash! 3", is the third game in the Jumping Flash series. It is...

Atari ST (1992)

Robert in the Fire Factory is a remake of the Atari XL game Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory. The...

Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1993)

One of numerous games to take the Robin Hood setting, and Codemasters' third, this is a platform game with puzzle...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Maid Marion has been captured and held in Nottingham Castle by the evil Sheriff and as Robin Hood, you must...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Robin Wojownik Czasu is a side-scrolling platform game. The graphics are white & black except the points/energy panel, Robin and...

RoboCop Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Based on the 1987 movie of the same name, Patrolman Alex Murphy was killed on the streets of Detroit. The...

RoboCop 2 Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

RoboCop 2 is a mission-based platform game. Missions have various objectives, such as destroying nukes or killing all the enemies....

RoboCop 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

RoboCop 2 is based on the 1990 movie of the same name. The game allows the player to control RoboCop....

RoboCop 2 Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1990)

RoboCop 2 for the Atari ST, like other versions of the movie license on home computers, combines platforming action, a...

RoboCop 2 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

The Amiga version of RoboCop 2 is very similar to other versions of the game released by Ocean Software: it...

ZX Spectrum (1990)

RoboCop 2 for the Spectrum offers the same mixture of gameplay styles as Ocean Software's other versions of the game:...

Amstrad CPC (1990)

RoboCop 2 for Amstrad machines follows the same template as the other versions of the game released by Ocean Software...

RoboCop 3 Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), NES (1992), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993) and Arcade (1992)

RoboCop 3 is a side-scrolling platform shooter. You get missions (such as rescuing your colleagues who are being kept hostages),...

RoboCop 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Probe's RoboCop 3 for 8-bit computers combines two different styles of gameplay: the first level is a Operation Wolf-style shooting...

RoboCop versus The Terminator Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

The Dark Horse comic book crossover of the two famous 80s cyborgs spawned various different game adaptations. RoboCop versus The...

RoboCop Versus the Terminator SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

In the future, human soldiers of John Conner's resistance force against the machines are fighting a losing war against Skynet...

Game Boy (1994)

The crossover of the two 80s Action/Sci-Fi franchises comes to the Game Boy in this platform title, based very loosely...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You are a Knight, and your quest in this flick-screen platform game is to explore a castle and collect 15...

DOS (1989)

Lode Runner clone. Move Roboman to pop various balloons on the level to find a key that will trigger the...

DOS (1991)

You are a freedom figher, storming the giant tower of the dictator of your country. He has created robots with...

Robot Pinball Escape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Robot Pinball Escape is a platformer by students of the University of Utah. At the start the player selects one...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

The retro shooter returns with the same addictive gameplay of the original arcade game, but now with the added power...

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