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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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QuackShot starring Donald Duck Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

QuackShot starring Donald Duck is a steady Disney run-and-jump platformer, with a little puzzle-solving element. Characters are mostly based on...

DOS (1996) and ZX Spectrum (1994)

Quadrax is a puzzle game where two characters have to be moved to a predefined place in logical levels. As...

Windows (2000)

Quadrax III is a non-official Windows freeware remake of Quadrax, with new graphics and animations.The gameplay is same - two...

Quantum Conundrum Windows Front Cover

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

Quantum Conundrum is a first-person puzzle platformer. The protagonist is a twelve-year-old boy whose mother regularly sends him to the...

Quartet SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your job is to basically find the end-of-level boss, and then defeat it to obtain the key that will open...

Atari ST (1986)

You are a pilot of space jet in this top view arcade game. On 15 levels from one to another...

Quasimodo Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

A hunchback atop a wall, minding his own business, is advanced upon by a man in armour climbing up a...

Atari ST (1991)

Quatris is a puzzle game for one player coded in STOS.The aim of the game is to stop the quats...

Quattro Adventure NES Front Cover Aladdin compact cartridge version

NES (1993)

Quattro Adventure features four action games on one cartridge.- Boomerang Kid: It's a little known fact that boomerangs don't actually...

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1995)

Ren and Stimpy just found a pair of hooves which belong to the great Shaven Yak, who lost them in...

The Quest of Agravain Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

A long time ago, Lord Agravain roamed the land of Riva in his quest for the Elixir of Youth, the...

NES (1988)

The third game in the Tower of Druaga series is actually a prequel to the original game. Right after the...

Quietus Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

You are a dead man hanging from a tree. Death appears and offers you a last chance to get back...

Quik the Thunder Rabbit Amiga CD32 Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

This platform game has much in common with console games of the era. There are 4 worlds including ice, desert...

MSX (1988)

Quinpl is a japanese puzzle game of the King's Valley II and Eggerland Mystery variety. The main objective is to...

Commodore 64 (2010)

Quod Init Exit (which is latin and roughly translates to "what goes in must come out") is a simple one...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Quo Vadis a multi-directional scrolling platform game. The overall goal is to explore the vast chambers and caverns on a...

Qwak Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Windows (2008), Game Boy Advance (2006), Amiga (1993), Symbian (2005), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2010) and BlackBerry (2013)

In this game, you play a duck and the object of the game is to get the highest score without...

Rabbids Go Home Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

In Rabbids Go Home, the Rabbids have got it into their heads to conquer the Moon of which they are...

Rabbids Go Home Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Rabbids Go Home is the fourth entry in the Raving Rabbids series. Unlike the previous games, which were mini-game compilations,...

Windows (2010)

This PC release is a modified version of the Wii game Rabbids Go Home. A large part of the content...

Atari ST (1988)

Rabbit Jump is a collect'em-up game where you control a fox who acts as a spring board for a rabbit....

NES (1988), MSX (1987), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

The game tells another story in Ninja-kun series. This time it’s a platform game with some twists. There are two...

Radical Rex SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

Radical Rex is a fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus on a skateboard who has to save the dinosaur race under the spell of...

Rad Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1988)

As Tal, your job is to single-handedly clear out the aliens who have invaded a desolate and destroyed post-nuclear earth....

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