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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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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...

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...

Robots Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

Based on the Blue Sky film (distributed by Fox) of the same name, Robots takes players on an adventure to...

Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

A gifted young inventor, Rodney Copperbottom, moves to the big city to realize his dreams of working for his childhood...

Robot Wars MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

The player controls a human that battles with enemy robots that pursue and attack in maze like constructed levels. All...

Robozone Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

A nearby planet is emitting a dangerous level of pollution, so you must go in destroy the source. The game...

Rochard Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Android (2014)

Rochard is a side-scrolling science-fiction platformer where the player takes the titular role of John Rochard, an astrominer in search...

Rochard: Hard Times Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Hard Times is a DLC for Rochard. It includes four new levels with the emphasis on puzzle-solving. The levels are...

Rochard: Soundtrack Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Rochard: Soundtrack Edition includes: Rochard Soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats Digital art book

Rocketbirds: Revolution! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Rocketbirds: Revolution! is a Flash-based puzzle platformer taking cues from classic titles such as Flashback and the Oddworld series. The...

NES (1991)

The Rocketeer is based on the 1991 Disney movie of the same name. Nazis are trying to steal an experimental...

Rocket Knight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Rocket Knight is a 2.5D platformer and a reboot of the Rocket Knight series from the nineties, with the titles...

ZX81 (1984)

Rocket Man is a platformer where the player has to collect diamonds. The diamonds are located on the far left...

Commodore 64 (1984) and MSX (1986)

You are Rocket Roger and on your way home to Earth, your ship has run out of fuel and you...

Rockin' Kats NES Front Cover

NES (1991) and Arcade (1991)

Willy is a young jazz cat who goes by the name of "The Rockin' Kat". His girlfriend, Jill, was kidnapped...

Rockman ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Rockman is hungry for mushrooms, and must grab them from the treacherous prehistoric screens of this action game. To get...

Rockman Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Rockman is an arcade platform game. The player's task is to collect all the fruits on the board. The task...

Windows (2007)

This is a unofficial, loose remake of the Rockman 7 for the SNES. Unlike the original game however, level progression...

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