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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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SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Based on the 1994 movie of the same name starring Ray Liotta, the player takes control of Liotta's character, Capt....

Windows (2006)

Noitu Love (Evolution spelled backwards) is freeware 2D platformer set in the year 2188. The city where it takes place...

Noitu Love 2: Devolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The sequel to Noitu Love takes place one hundred years after the events of the first game where Noitu Love...

No Limits Amstrad CPC Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

A double pack featuring the conversion of Capcom's U.N. Squadron, alongside Strider 2, the follow-up to their coin-op. Spectrum and...

Windows (1998)

Nonsense Madness is an action game created as a sequence of surreal minigames. The player controls a man wearing a...

Normy's Beach Babe-O-Rama Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Normy is one popular surfer, especially with the ladies on the beach, however one day a UFO appears and kidnaps...

Norse by Norse West: The Return of the Lost Vikings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), SNES (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Get ready for more nights of masochistic puzzle goodness, because the Lost Vikings need your help once again! The brothers...

Windows (1996)

North Park vs South Park is an unlicensed 2D platform game based on the South Park TV cartoon series. It...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

No Rules: Get Phat is an action game where the player controls the little boy One Eye Jack. While he...

Nosferatu SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Nosferatu, a feared vampire; no one has ever seen him and survived to tell. At night, he awakens to suck...

No Time To Explain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

No Time To Explain is a side-scrolling platformer in which the protagonist is visited by a man claiming to be...

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

No Time To Explain: Season 2 is the sequel to No Time To Explain. It is provided for free to...

DOS (1990)

In this simulation of the famous TV game show, the questions are asked, and players must find the answers, which...

Windows (2001)

For a true fan of the *NSYNC band.In the game you have to live your life and gain a new...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

All the worlds power in the 21st Century is now nuclear energy and all the problems associated with producing it...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Number Builder is an single screen educational platformer to help you improve your maths over twelve levels. You play the...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Cyril the Squirrel is due to start hibernating but has yet to collect and store all the nuts he needs...

Nuts & Milk NES Front Cover

NES (1984), Commodore 64 (1985), DoJa (2003), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

In this Arcade game the gameplay is quite simple, the hero, named "Milk" must get all the fruits in the...

Nux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2006)

Nux is the spiritual successor to the Platypus games where all visual elements were first created in clay and then...

'n Verlore Verstand Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2016) and Macintosh (2016)

'n Verlore Verstand is an abstract puzzle platformer played from a first-person perspective. It consists of several dream-like environments and...

Windows (2004)

This adventure game sends Nyamiru, a cavalier puss-in-boots, and Bonzu, a pooch in a kabuto, through four levels of a...

Nyan-Tech Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Nyan-Tech is a retro-style platform game where the goal is simply to guide a small cat-girl to collect a key...

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

NyxQuest is a platform game. You control Nyx, a mysterious winged girl in the search of her missing friend Icarus....

Oberon 69 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You find yourself in a world where the air has become unbreathable and Sun's light barely reaches planet Earth. With...

Obliterator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

You play Drak, the last of the Obliterators (genetically enhanced machines bio engineered for otherwise impossible missions.) Your mission is...

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