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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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Arcade (1982)

Bagman is an arcade platformer. The player controls the name-giving Bagman through several mine shaft levels composed of three screens...

NES (1990)

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...

MSX (1984)

Balance is an educational game. In this game you have to solve different sorts of calculations within a given time...

Supervision (1992)

Balloon Fight is a simple platform action game very similar to the better known NES title of the same name....

Balloon Kid Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Balloon Kid is a unique side-scrolling platform game. You control a little girl who's brother has floated away on a...

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Ballpoint Universe is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up entirely drawn as doodles with a ballpoint pen. The different levels are...

Browser (2004)

In Ball Revamped, the player navigates a four coloured ball from the top of the screen to the bottom. The...

Browser (2005)

The follow-up to Ball Revamped, Metaphysik has largely the same formula of a four-coloured ball navigating a place of high...

Linux (2007) and Windows (2007)

A puzzle platformer which centres around Ballz, a Biologically Armed Lower Lifeform on a mission to evacuate English soldiers from...

Game Boy (1993)

Bamse, the strongest bear in the world, is a popular Swedish cartoon figure created by Rune Andréasson in 1962. This...

MSX (1984)

In Banana, you are a round little thing on the Amazonas river, hunted by the man-eating Boconda tribe. A bit...

Amiga (1996)

Public domain games that are ‘influenced’ by famous games of the past usually come under one of three categories. Some...

NES (1991)

In the great Banana kingdom, the Banana nation possesses a great symbol of prosperity - a big banana. One day,...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Bangers & Mash is a game based on the British kids TV show of the same name and sees you...

Banjo-Kazooie Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Banjo-Kazooie's fairy tale back story is reminiscent of Snow White's. A gnarled, ugly witch named Gruntilda asks her magical cauldron...

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Gruntilda has returned to create more havoc for Banjo and Kazooie. In their first handheld adventure, the two must again...

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

After ten years in retirement, Banjo the bear and his breegull pal, Kazooie, have stacked on the weight due to...

Banjo-Tooie Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2009)

After two years under the rock, Gruntilda is finally set free from her death bed by her two sisters. As...

Barbarian DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In this game you play the role of a barbarian who must navigate his way through dangerous dungeons. The game...

Windows (2013)

Barbarians and The Necromancer's Tower is a freeware 2D platformer, in the form of a Castlevania clone. Player takes the...

DOS (1992) and NES (1991)

Barbie has a big day tomorrow, so she needs to get a good nights rest. She has strange dreams about...

Barbie Explorer  PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2001)

Barbie Explorer is a game much in the style of the Tomb Raider series. Barbie is a reporter doing a...

Game Boy (1992)

In Barbie Game Girl, Barbie must gather an outfit in preparation for her date with Ken. She'll have to jump...

Barkanoid II Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

As the title already suggests, Barkanoid II is a clone of the Arkanoid series and the successor of Barkanoid. It...

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