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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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ZX Spectrum (1985)

A theme park may not seem like a typical platform game setting, compared to standards such as magical islands, abandoned...

Rolling Ronny DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Who says being an errand boy is dull ? Take Rolling Ronny - he's the coolest dude in town. Help...

Rolling Thunder NES Front Cover

Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1986)

Rolling Thunder is the world's most powerful secret police force and you are its best agent. Your mission is to...

Rolling Thunder 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1991)

A follow-up to the original Rolling Thunder, this is a "shoot-the-bad-guys-and-save-the-world" game. A terrorist group has taken out the world...

Rolo to the Rescue Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Rolo to the Rescue is a side-scrolling platform action game. The player controls Rolo, an elephant who escaped from the...

ROM CHECK FAIL Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008) and Windows (2008)

ROM CHECK FAIL is the equivalent of WarioWare: Smooth Moves during a bad acid trip. The game mimics a MAME...

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

Kids TV show Round the Bend was set in a fictitious comic factory - one with amazingly even more toilet...

Ruff and Reddy in the Space Adventure Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Due to an accident involving Professor Flipnoodles' Pocket Rocket (would you trust a scientist called Flipnoodles? I certainly wouldn't, especially...

Ruffian Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

A platform adventure played across 17 levels, starring one of the younger videogame characters you’ll see. The game scrolls in...

Ruff 'n' Tumble Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Ruff Rogers has lost his marbles - in the literal sense of the small round balls used to play a...

Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The Vancore Corporation has created two new inventions that will take the Tyke System by storm, a genetic engineered pet...

Rugrats: All Growed Up Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Rugrats: All Growed Up is based on the Daytime Emmy-award winning animated television series Rugrats. Particularly in a three-episode story...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Rugrats: Castle Capers is based on the Daytime Emmy-award winning animated television series Rugrats.Angelica has claimed herself queen of the...

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is based on the 2000 Movie of the same name, which in turn is based...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is based on the 2000 Movie of the same name, which in turn is based...

The Rugrats Movie Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998) and Game Boy Color (1999)

The Rugrats Movie is a traditional 2D platform game based on the 1998 movie of the same name, which in...

Rugrats: Studio Tour PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Rugrats: Studio Tour is an action game based on the Daytime Emmy-award winning animated television series Rugrats.The Rugrats have lost...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Rugrats: Time Travelers is a side-scrolling 2D platform game based on the Daytime Emmy-award winning animated television series.In this Rugrats...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Rugrats: Totally Angelica is based on the Daytime Emmy-award winning animated television series Rugrats. The game is aimed at girls...

Rules of Engagement DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

A mouse-driven starship command simulation, with a user interface known as LYCAR, and similar to the LCARS system from the...

RunMan: Race Around the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

RunMan: Race Around the World is the sixth game in the long-running RunMan series with the titular character doing what...

Windows (2005)

The freeware title RunMan's Monster Fracas is the fifth game in the RunMan series. In the original games RunMan only...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Runner is a single screen platform game with various levels, where you control a spaceman with a jet-pac who must...

Run Roo Run iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Run Roo Run is a micro-platformer. The game revolves around a kangaroo that must travel from Perth to Sydney in...

SNES (1993)

In the year 2998, the brilliant Dr. Bruford is experimenting with genetic structures and radiation. He hopes to create new...

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