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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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Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005) and BlackBerry (2009)

In the mobile version of the last game in the trilogy, the prince returns to Babylon after the events of...

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is the direct sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Seven years later,...

The Princess Bride Game Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Players explore the depths of true love and adventure in the medieval realms of Florin and Guilder in this collection...

Princess Natasha: Student • Secret Agent • Princess Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Based on the flash animation series for AOL kids which ran from 2004 to 2006, this game casts the player...

Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

As a Prinny, one of the lovable, knife-wielding penguins from the Disgaea series, you have been given the task of...

Pri Pri Primitive Princess! Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

This is an action puzzle game where you control a caveman climbing a tower. The tower is filled wit monsters...

Professor Fizzwizzle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Professor Fizzwizzle is platform puzzle game where you take control of the diminutive genius, Professor Fizzwizzle. You must help the...

Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

While on vacation, Professor Fizzwizzle investigates a volcano and that lands him in a molten mystery involving Bat-Bots and a...

Project Black Sun Linux Front Cover

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

A young boy is out doing his daily jogging in the forest when suddenly he steps on a hidden trap...

Project Stormos Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Project Stormos is a fast-paced game based around movement. The player controls Robo, a robot from the planet Binarios, to...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The wedding anniversary for Penny Proud's parents is close, and that means its time to get them a present! Penny...

ZX Spectrum (1992)

You're shortly member of the city police, still called 'greenhorn' by your fellows. One day, in the middle of your...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Earth is in trouble and requires a pulsebomb which is being delivered to Earth by the cargo ship Dreadnought Nine....

Oric (1984)

Psychiatric is a variant of Space Panic. Like the original arcade game, it's a single screen platform game where the...

Psychic World Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1988)

A scientist and his two female assistants work on ESP research in a remote science laboratory. One day, a section...

SNES (1992)

Psycho Dream is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, similar in style to Valis games, though less story-driven....

Psycho Fox SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

Psycho Fox is a platform game where you play a fox and you must get through seven worlds, consisting of...

Psychonauts Windows Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

At a summer camp for up-and-coming psychics, a young boy with an unusually high level of psychic ability inexplicably shows...

Arcade (1987)

Psycho-Nics Oscar is a 2D platform-shooting game. The player controls a powerful mecha (giant Japanese robot), named Oscar. He fights...

Windows (2011)

Psycho Waluigi is an unlicensed freeware game made by Thunder Dragon starring Nintendo's character Waluigi as he tries to take...

DOS (1987)

This pool simulator is set in the Pub. You may direct the white ball by moving the cross cursor on...

PuffBOMB Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PuffBOMB is a free physics based puzzle game somewhat similar to The Incredible Machine. Using the mouse, you place and...

Puggsy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994) and SEGA CD (1993)

Puggsy is a platform game with a combination of action and puzzle-solving elements. You control the the creature Puggsy, who...

Pulseman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and Wii (2009)

Pulseman is an electric hero who was created to fight cyber crime. Combat the galaxy gang throughout 7 stages with...

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Punch Ball Mario Bros. is a single-screen action game adapted from the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros.. Visually and structurally,...

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