DescriptionPlatform 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.
Bagman is an arcade platformer. The player controls the name-giving Bagman through several mine shaft levels composed of three screens...
This game is a humorous "star simulation", or, better to say, a strategy game with elements of luck, in which...
TurboGrafx CD (1994)
The game is based on the comedy TV show Yoshimoto no Shinkigeki, which in its turn is based on a...
Balance is an educational game. In this game you have to solve different sorts of calculations within a given time...
Balloon Fight is a simple platform action game very similar to the better known NES title of the same name....
In Ball Revamped, the player navigates a four coloured ball from the top of the screen to the bottom. The...
The follow-up to Ball Revamped, Metaphysik has largely the same formula of a four-coloured ball navigating a place of high...
Game Boy (1993)
Bamse, the strongest bear in the world, is a popular Swedish cartoon figure created by Rune Andréasson in 1962. This...
In Banana, you are a round little thing on the Amazonas river, hunted by the man-eating Boconda tribe. A bit...
Public domain games that are ‘influenced’ by famous games of the past usually come under one of three categories. Some...
In the great Banana kingdom, the Banana nation possesses a great symbol of prosperity - a big banana. One day,...
Game Boy Advance (2003)
Gruntilda has returned to create more havoc for Banjo and Kazooie. In their first handheld adventure, the two must again...
Xbox 360 (2008)
After ten years in retirement, Banjo the bear and his breegull pal, Kazooie, have stacked on the weight due to...
Barbarians and The Necromancer's Tower is a freeware 2D platformer, in the form of a Castlevania clone. Player takes the...
Game Boy (1992)
In Barbie Game Girl, Barbie must gather an outfit in preparation for her date with Ken. She'll have to jump...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario All-Stars
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
- 93 Super Metroid
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2005)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.