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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Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The game is set on Christmas Eve, with Santa (Father Christmas) rushing to deliver presents to the entire world.After the...

Offspring Fling! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Offspring Fling! is a puzzle platform game. A monster has scared away all of a mother's furry children and she...

Atari ST (1993)

Oh No! Not More Radioactive Mineshafts! is a collect'em-up game for one player. You have been dumped at the bottom...

Old School Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Chris wakes up in a dark, spike-filled cavern with no recollection of how long he's been out. What happened? Mango!...

Old School Racer Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Old School Racer is a physics-based racing platform game much like the popular Trials series or Elasto Mania. While the...

Ollie's Follies Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Ollie has made the mistake of entering a factory which turns out to be ran by evil robots. It is...

Olli & Lissa 3: The Candlelight Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This is the third game starring the doggie duo, and it features Olli's attempt to retrieve the parts for his...

Olli & Lissa: The Ghost of Shilmore Castle ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Panic at Shilmore Castle! For years it is inhabited by ghost Sir Humphrey and his pals Olli and Lisa but...

OlliOlli Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2015), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2015), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

OlliOlli is a 2D side-scrolling street skateboarding game with a pixel visual style. The player guides a skateboarder through different...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Omnibus is a collection of ten games that contains eight released games and two unreleased games:The released games are: Future...

One and One Story Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

One and One Story is a game about a relationship between a boy and a girl played as a single-screen...

One Piece Mansion PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Welcome to One Piece Mansion, a place full of very different tenants that may or may not get along with...

onEscapee Amiga Front Cover

Windows (2004), Amiga (1997) and iPhone (2009)

onEscapee is an adventure game similar to Flashback. Daniel White is a reluctant hero, having been abducted by aliens and...

Onesimus: A Quest for Freedom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

You are Onesimus, a slave of Philemon. You want to escape from slavery and be free. For freedom you must...

One Step Beyond DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

The star of the game is Colin Curly, a dog, who loves Quavers (snack). It was a stormy night and...

Oniken Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Oniken is a 2D platformer game inspired by NES era side-scrollers. The player takes the role of Zaku, a ninja...

Onikira: Demon Killer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Onikira: Demon Killer is a 2D platform game set in ancient Japan. According to a legend if a mortal could...

Onslaught DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Xbox 360 (2009)

As a highly respected warrior, you are attempting to conquer as many regions as possible. This is a three-stage task,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In the low light areas of a city, a stray cat is out to prove that it is the meanest...

Ooops Up Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

In this game, you are a space traveller lost in space. You have to travel to 100 stars (or levels),...

Oozi: Earth Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oozi: Earth Adventure is a classic style platformer game in which the player controls Oozi, a crash-landed alien attempting to...

Open Season Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Open Season for GBA is based on the film, and is quite different from the console version. The story in...

Nintendo DS (2006)

Open Season is based on the Sony Pictures Animation's CG animated film of the same name, where a rowdy brood...

Open, Sesame! Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Open, Sesame! is an action platform game. You control Ali Baba, and your goal is to reach the cave of...

Open Sonic the Hedgehog Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Open Sonic is a freeware, open-source platformer inspired by the venerable Sonic games of the nineties, but with some differences...

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