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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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Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is a special edition of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time that also includes the following: Collector's...

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One takes place after the events of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time,...

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is the final installment in Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank Future trilogy, following...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Clank has gone missing! Ratchet's backpack robot buddy has been kidnapped by the mysterious Zoni, first seen in Ratchet &...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

In Ratchet & Clank's first outing on the PlayStation 3, the duo is up against a robotic force led by...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

What happens to heroes after they've saved the world? Going Commando follows Ratchet and his robotic sidekick Clank on a...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile! BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

Ratchet and Clank are teleported into your cellphone and must fight their way out. Maximillan escapes a secret agent clank...

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as...

Rat on the Run Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2011)

Ratty lives in a big house, that's fortunately is full of his favorite food: cheese. In this single button game...

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

Mr. Raz used to be an awful hitman. Luckily he found his girlfriend Loretta Mozzarella and stopped the killing. Turning...

Rat Splat! Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

The situation in the sewers is critical. The rats breed in such numbers that something must be done. The player...

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is a party game for the Wii in which the titular Rabbids travel back in...

Rayman DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995), PlayStation (1995), Game Boy Advance (2001), Jaguar (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995), PSP (2009), Windows Mobile (2002), PlayStation 3 (2009), Nintendo DSi (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman's world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons -...

Rayman Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000), Palm OS (2001), Windows Mobile (2001), Symbian (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman's world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons -...

DOS (1999) and Windows (1999)

Rayman 100 Levels / 100 Niveaux includes: Rayman by His Fans (from Rayman Forever) Rayman 60 Levels (from Rayman Collector)...

Rayman 10th Anniversary Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Bundle of Rayman Advance and Rayman 3.In Rayman Advance, the lead character consists of a body, a head, two hands...

Rayman 10th Anniversary GameCube Front Cover Outer Sleeve

GameCube (2005)

This is a limited-edition pack containing Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and 4 episodes of the Rayman animated series. This version...

Rayman 10th Anniversary Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

This 10th anniversary Rayman compilation contains the following three games: Rayman 2: The Great Escape Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Rayman...

Rayman 2 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Rayman 2 for the Game Boy Color is a 2D side-scrolling platformer. You play as Rayman, an odd looking creature...

Rayman 2: The Great Escape Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), Dreamcast (2000), Nintendo 64 (1999), Nintendo DS (2005), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), iPhone (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Admiral Razorbeard and his gang of robot pirates have enslaved all the creatures in Rayman's world, including the peaceful Teensies...

Rayman 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and N-Gage (2003)

Globox, a friend of Rayman, has placed the world in peril. By eating the Lord of the Dark Lums, Globox...

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Globox, a friend of Rayman, has placed the world into a deadly possibility. By eating Andre, the Lord of the...

DOS (1999) and Windows (1999)

Rayman Collector includes: Rayman Rayman Designer (aka Rayman Gold) - 24 levels and a level editor Rayman by His Fans...

Rayman Compilation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rayman Compilation is a collection of Rayman related desktop themes and screensavers. It includes a 60-level edition of the original...

Rayman Forever Windows Front Cover Includes Rayman2 promo

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Another collection of 2D Rayman, this one features the original Rayman, the editor (including 24 new levels), and "Rayman by...

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