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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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 NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Panic Restaurant is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as chef Cookie. The rival chef Ohdove has taken over...

Panique MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

A clone of Universal's classic Space Panic, this game has you scaling platforms on which evil space aliens roam. Armed...

Paper Cakes Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Paper Cakes is a platformer with puzzle elements made by a team of students from the Utrecht School of the...

Paper Mario Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2015)

Up in Star Haven, there exists a Star Wand that allows the stars to grant wishes to those who are...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Paper Monsters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2014)

Paper Monsters is a platformer set in a world made of paper. It was once a happy land but then...

Paper Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Paper Moon is a short side-scrolling platformer entirely done in black and white, and with the graphical style of a...

PapiJump Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2008), Android (2008), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

PapiJump is a game of reflexes. The player controls Mr.Papi, the red ball guy, and must go up as high...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Papyrus is a platform game based on the Belgian comic and animated series of the same name by Lucien de...

Atari ST (1989)

Parabellum is a multi-screen platform game written in STOS.In an earlier life you were a terrible person and as punishment...

Parachute Panic iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

The goal of Parachute Panic is to guide a large number of skydivers to safety. Many planes are flying over...

PARAGON DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1990)

Street Ball is an Arcade/Puzzle game where your goal is to guide a bouncing ball through a maze collecting treasures...

Amiga (1992)

In Paramax, the player is trapped in a virtual world. It consists of several sub-worlds, representing the levels of the...

Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2008)

This sequel to Rainbow Islands sees a return to the gameplay of Bubble Bobble, but with Bub and Bob in...

Parky and the Yellow Submarine Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

In this game, players control Parky who has the task of collecting gold tokens before time runs out. He is...

Windows (2006)

It's something we've all suspected all along -- there's a Dungeon full of deadly traps out there somewhere, and you...

DOS (1994)

Deep in the Xon system lies a source of absolute power, protected by dangerous creatures known as the Octaxon. Weighing...

Atari 2600 (1983)

This tape contains five two or four player games in one package. They are:Bop a Buggy: Drive your buggy through...

Party of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Up until recently, the seven sins ruled over all the mortal desires. They escaped the wrath of the angels by...

DOS (1994)

Norumbega was a peaceful land. But all is not well in Norumbega as, Fang Duck, the evil ruler of the...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Historically, attack of Japanese Forces on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour in 7 December, 1941 involved the U.S. in...

Pegasus Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

In this game, an evil demon called Satan has spread chaos in the world, and someone has to stop him....

Windows (2003)

In this platform game, you play Pekka, a rooster from Finland set out to rescue the chickens that were stolen...

Pendulous Windows Phone Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and Windows Phone (2012)

Pendulous is a 2D, pendulum-motion platformer, set in a steam-driven clockwork world. The player controls a displaced gear, swinging from...

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