User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Game Boy Advance (2006)

While taking a nap one fine day, Rayman was ambushed by a horde of mischievous, mad Rabbids! Secretly plotting over...

Rayman Raving Rabbids Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Rayman's world has been invaded by an army of crazed Rabbids! They've got their sights set on the world, and...

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

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PlayStation (2002)

This twin pack includes: Rayman Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Rayman Rush PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Featuring the cast of characters from the 3D platform title, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman Rush is a collection...

rComplex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

rComplex is a daring escape game slightly reminiscent of the contemporary Canabalt. Players control a caped man who needs to...

Game Boy (1992)

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SNES (1996)

In the year 5069 A.D., an alien invasion has devastated the planet, nearly killing the entire population and leaving the...

Realm of the Trolls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The trolls are posing a threat to humanity, and it's your job to sort them out in this traditional-style platform...

Realms of Chaos DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

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Reaper Arena Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Reaper Arena is a side-scrolling action game wherein the player takes the role of a nameless commando sent on missions...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Guide Flip Ogart, a continually bouncing blob-like creature, through several maze-like dungeons in order to rescue all the other Ogarts...

Browser (2004)

Red Beard on Gold Hunt is a side-scrolling platform puzzle game. The goal of each level is to reach the...

DOS (1994)

This is the first game in the Redcat series. It's very different from the later educational Redcat games aimed at...

DOS (1995)

This is the second Redcat game, similar to the first one. In this game, princess Dana has been kidnapped and...

Windows (1997)

RedCat Spookkasteel is a Dutch game in which RedCat (famous from educational games for primary school students) has to go...

REDDER Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

REDDER is a platform game with a focus on exploration, reminiscent in design of the games of Nicklas Nygren. Players...

Windows (2002)

The player controls Red Beard, a running, jumping, and slicing protagonist on a mission to rescue innocent Junior from Fred...

SNES (1994)

Based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, Fire Dogs was one of the episodes in the first season and inspires this game...

Game Boy (1993)

Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! for the Game Boy is slightly different from its big brother on the SNES. Game...

Apple II (1984)

Simulated strategic war game players use a helicopter to attack enemy ground and air targets, and give air coverage for...

Rescue: The Beagles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In Rescue: The Beagles the player controls animal activist Edwin or Nicole to rescue beagles who were part of a...

Residue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Residue is a 2D adventure game played as a side-scrolling platformer. The focus is entirely on the narrative and the...

Retro Game Challenge Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Arino wants to be the greatest gamer in the world, but he's continually defeated by his friends at every new...

Return of The Ninja Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Return of the Ninja is a side-scrolling platformer with stealth elements set in Japan. On a day when Tsukikage and...

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