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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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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...

Return of the Space Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Edward Egg, from the planet Egg, leads a difficult life. Living on Egg is a real headache since all the...

Return to Dark Castle Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2008)

In this long-awaited continuation of the Dark Castle series, you are Bryant, nephew of Prince Duncan who never returned from...

The Revenge of Shinobi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1989), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, once again you are Shinobi, but this time you're out not to free hostages, but to gain...

The Revenge of Shinobi Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Set in the mythical world of ancient Japan, players take on the role of ninja warrior Shinobi. To free the...

Browser (2013)

Reverse Boots is a platform puzzle game. The goal of each single screen level is to collect the key and...

ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Rex the dinosaur is fed up of the environmental damage being done by a nearby nuclear plant. As a result,...

Rex Ronan: Experimental Surgeon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This game comes at you with a Fantastic Voyage tale of a microsurgeon miniaturized to a near-microscopic scale in order...

Rhino Rumble Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002)

Rhino has eaten one too many peppers, and now his mouth is burning with flame. The only way to stop...

Windows (2012)

Richie the Gnome: Underground Treasures is a fast-paced running game with a static 2D-interface. At the top of the game...

Rick Dangerous DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), iPhone (2009) and Acorn 32-bit (1995)

You play Rick Dangerous, an Indiana Jones type who's on a quest to find the lost Coolu Amazon tribe. However,...

Rick Dangerous 2 DOS Front Cover

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

Your role as Rick Dangerous demands that you stop the Fat Guy and his evil plans to help an alien...

Amiga (1998)

The first Rise of the Rabbits was a Dynablaster clone, but the second game is a simple platformer inspired by...

MSX (1983)

Rise Out From Dungeons is a platform game where you must guide an unnamed character through 20 dungeons avoiding traps...

Risk of Rain Linux Front Cover

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

Risk of Rain is a roguelike platformer with a sci-fi setting. The player is the lone survivor of a space...

Risky Woods DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Unusually for Electronic Arts in the early 90s, this was a platform -shooter game with little or no adventuring or...

Ristar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1995), Game Gear (1994) and Wii (2006)

The evil tyrant Greedy has arisen to control a solar system full of sentient beings. He has corrupted the leaders...

RNFF: Running Naked in a Field of Flowers MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

J-war, Eisbaer23 and Tapeworm, three MSX sceners, have borrowed Snout's holiday house. Each day, they run naked through the fields...

Road Runner's Death Valley Rally SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Everybody has remembered waking up early on the weekend to watch Saturday morning cartoons. But would would happen if the...

Browser (2013)

The Road is a minimalistic platformer. You move along the road of life, dodging and jumping over hazards symbolizing obstacles...

Amiga (1988)

In Robbeary the player takes the role of Berrie Bear, a successful criminal. And a bear, hence the title. His...

PlayStation (1999)

Robbit Mon Dieu, sometimes unofficially called "Jumping Flash! 3", is the third game in the Jumping Flash series. It is...

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