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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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Scaler PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Bobby Jenkins lives next door to Leon a scientist on the verge of discovering a device that can stabilize and...

Scarygirl Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Scarygirl is a platformer based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into a line of...

Scarygirl Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Scarygirl is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ex-football star and adventure Harry Johns has become stranded on Dr. Graves' island with his girlfriend Conny. Graves is a...

Sceptre of Bagdad ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

You're Caliph - king of Iraq. An evil wizard from distant land broke into your palace, transforming it into a...

PC-88 (1988)

The inhabitants of the planet Rhea are being terrorized by a mysterious organization known as Hell Stones. To save his...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Alphonse T. Nurd is a flunky to the scientist Bogdan Schtunk but wants to learn what his boss is up...

Genesis (1995)

Based on the PBS kids program, The Magic School Bus along with Ms. Frizzle and her companion Liz takes the...

Scooby-Doo Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Scooby's friends Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma have been kidnapped in an enormous castle owned by an evil genius. It's...

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Scooby-Doo 2 starts your story of Scooby and the gang at a museum where they are donating masks and costumes...

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

This licensed platform games sets you as Scrappy Doo, with the aim of trekking through four levels to rescue Scooby...

Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Scooby-Doo And The Cyber Chase is a single player platform game that is based on the film of the same...

Scooby-Doo!: First Frights Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Scooby-Doo! First Frights is an action platform game that puts the player in the shoes of Mystery Inc. during some...

Scooby-Doo!: Night of 100 Frights PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2002)

Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Vilma arrive at 'Mystic Manor' to meet Daphne's friend Holly. There she explains that her...

Scooby-Doo!: Unmasked Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Fred and the Gang aim to visit Fred's cousin Jed at the Monstrous Fright and Magic (MFM) movie special effects...

The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A platform adventure based on the world and characters of the movie The Scorpion King. Mathayus (The Scorpion King) must...

Scrap Collector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a collaboration between Mark Essen (messhof) and Jonatan Söderström (cactus) to create two games independently from each other,...

Scrapyard Dog Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1991) and Atari 7800 (1990)

In Scrapyard Dog you play the role of Louie, the junkyard guy, who's companion Scraps has been dognapped by the...

Scribblenauts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling action game based on puzzles. The goal is to have the character Maxwell overcome obstacles by...

Scribblenauts Remix iPad Front Cover First version

iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Scribblenauts Remix is the third game in the Scribblenauts series which takes stages from the first two games as well...

DOS (2004)

The name says it all: an early, proof-of-concept side-scrolling platform game exercise. The player controls a little man who moves...

DOS (1993)

Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The city's sewer system has been infested by monsters, and LINDA, a maintenance droid, has been sent down to flush...

SD Hero Sōkessen: Taose Aku no Gundan NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The SD Gashapon Warriors live peacefully in their home, SD Nation, until one day a mysterious UFO appeared in the...

Sea Bubble Burst Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Closely resembling Bubble Bobble, Sea Bubble Burst stars Bubbly, an underwater creature with the power to trap creatures in bubbles,...

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