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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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Shadow Blasters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Humans on Earth have lost their righteous ways. After seeing that this has happened, the Gods have decided to abandon...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Shadow Dancer is a one-player game in which you control Shinobi. With the help of your dog, you must kill...

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990) and Wii (2010)

A.D. 1997, New York CityHaving vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja...

Shadow Knights DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

As a ninja with a mission to "redeem Naipusan, the once peaceful land that was destroyed by the northern armies",...

Shadow of the Beast Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Lynx (1992), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1990) and FM Towns (1991)

While very young, Aarbron was kidnapped and enslaved by the Priests of the Beast Lord. He grew up on drugs...

Shadow of the Beast III Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

You play Aarbron, and you must again face Maletoth, the Beast Lord, in order to free yourself from his curse....

Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In an ancient time long past, a young man travels to the ends of the Earth, a place that is...

Shadows of Cairn DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows 3.x (1994)

Quinn is an apprentice thief in the city of Cairn, who needs to prove himself worthy of being admitted to...

Shakii the Wolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this Korean-made cartoony arcade platformer, the player gets to control Shakii the wolf (who happens to look more like...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shank Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of...

Shank 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shank 2 is the sequel to Shank and just like the first game it is a 2D side-scrolling platformer based...

Shantae Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The small fishing village of Scuttle Town is a quiet and peaceful place, thanks mainly to its protector, the self-appointed...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shao Lin's Road Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

The arcade follow-up to Yie Ar Kung Fu switches from the one-on-one style into a platform beat 'em up design....

Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

The Dark Ones have captured the Ring of Five and imprisoned the wizards that guard it. A barbarian named Lykos...

DOS (1986)

Shawl is a logical arcade game dealing with card suits. Circles of different colors, radii, and card suits appear in...

Shift 2 iPhone Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), Browser (2008), iPhone (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Shift 2 is a platform game where your only objective is to reach the exit on each level. There are...

Shift 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The third game in the online browser Shift series keeps the original gameplay but with a few new features. The...

Shinobi DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Xbox 360 (2009), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be...

Shinobi Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Shinobi is not necessarily a sequel nor a remake. At it's core, it's an infusion of modern technology, control and...

Shinobi II: The Silent Fury Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

The second Shinobi game for the Game Gear, it’s a 2D side-scrolling platform game with basic strategy elements. You have...

Shit Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As the name implies, Shit Game does not sport much ambition, but behind the name and the apparently sloppily drawn...

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