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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Amiga (1990)

The colonization of space goes well, but there are not enough humans to do all the work. So scientists engineered...

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1998)

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein is the successor of Star Gladiator released for Playstation. Like its predecessor it was first...

Windows (2007)

Something has gone wrong at a far-flung future archaeological dig; a Plasma Warrior has been called in to clean up...

Platformance: Castle Pain Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The princess has been kidnapped, and someone needs to rescue her. Of course, there's a valiant knight who is perfectly...

Atari ST (1992)

Platform Capers is a Donkey-Kong style platform game where the aim is to collect four keys and make the way...

Windows (2003)

Platformerius: The Ninja Incident is a free platform game. It is completely controlled via keyboard. Since it consists of only...

DOS (1991)

Platform Heels is a single player, shareware, platform game in which the player controls a robot called 'Heels'The object of...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

A compilation of four coin-op titles sprung out of the cooperation between U.S. Gold and Capcom: Strider Black Tiger Forgotten...

Playdead Presents Limbo (Special Edition) Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

This special edition contains a game that was previously only available through digital distribution. It contains: Limbo Digital soundtrack (German...

Oric (1985)

Playground 21 is a platformer (or ladder game as it's described on the cover). It consists of a number of...

PlayStation All Stars Island Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Just like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PlayStation All Stars Island is a franchise crossover game that combines various properties owned...

Amiga (1990)

Plexu: The Time Travellers is 2D side scrolling shoot em up platform game. The player controls Plexu - green-haired guy...

DOS (1990)

Plexu: The Time Travellers is a DOS conversion of the Amiga title of the same name. The gameplay remains unchanged...

Plok SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

At one day, Plok awakes to find out that his flag has been stolen. He spots it on a neighboring...

PlayStation (2002)

In this game you play Plue, a character from the Rave Master / Groove Adventure Rave manga and anime series...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Mayor of New York has gone to open the city's latest skyscraper, but has got stuck in the malfunctioning...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are Red O'Blair and you have arrived at the Lee Valley Gold Research Base to stop it being destroyed...

DOS (1995)

Pocahontas is a side-scrolling platformer based on the Native American Indian later made famous in a Disney movie by the...

Pocket Bomberman Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy (1997) and Game Boy Color (1998)

Long, long ago, the sun was covered by a dark and heavy cloud. It was said this cloud was caused...

Pocket Zaurus: Jū Ōken no Nazo NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Players take on the role of Hashimoto, a studious human boy who gets transformed into a dinosaur by one of...

Pogo Sticker Linux Front Cover

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

Pogo Sticker is an unusual platformer, best described as "jump'n'run without the running". You'll have to cross the levels with...

Pointless Platform MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

Just as the name this is a rather pointless platform game. Your goal is simply to jump from platform to...

Pokémon Mini (2002)

In Pokémon Race mini, you control a Pikachu who races other Pokémon. The game is a combination of racing and...

The Polar Express Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

All aboard the Polar Express! Take a journey to the North Pole as you visit scenes from the movie based...

Windows (2007)

Polarity is a 2D platform/puzzle game based on magnetism. The goal of the game is to navigate environments and solve...

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