DescriptionPlatform 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.
Scarygirl is a platformer based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into a line of...
Commodore 64 (1986)
Ex-football star and adventure Harry Johns has become stranded on Dr. Graves' island with his girlfriend Conny. Graves is a...
The inhabitants of the planet Rhea are being terrorized by a mysterious organization known as Hell Stones. To save his...
Based on the PBS kids program, The Magic School Bus along with Ms. Frizzle and her companion Liz takes the...
Game Boy Advance (2004)
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Scooby-Doo And The Cyber Chase is a single player platform game that is based on the film of the same...
Nintendo DS (2005)
Fred and the Gang aim to visit Fred's cousin Jed at the Monstrous Fright and Magic (MFM) movie special effects...
Game Boy Advance (2002)
A platform adventure based on the world and characters of the movie The Scorpion King. Mathayus (The Scorpion King) must...
This is a collaboration between Mark Essen (messhof) and Jonatan Söderström (cactus) to create two games independently from each other,...
Nintendo DS (2009)
Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling action game based on puzzles. The goal is to have the character Maxwell overcome obstacles by...
The name says it all: an early, proof-of-concept side-scrolling platform game exercise. The player controls a little man who moves...
Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in...
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Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
- 93 Super Metroid
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Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2005)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
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