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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Power Rangers Zeo Versus The Machine Empire Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), Macintosh (1996) and Pippin (1996)

The Zeo Crystal has been shattered into shards, each representing a Zeo Rangers, who must venture into dangerous labyrinths to...

P. P. Hammer and His Pneumatic Weapon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In this platform game featuring over 2500 screens, our hero is in search of hidden treasures across worlds such as...

PP's Park Race Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Grab your skateboard and join PP for a wild ride in the park! The park is littered with various pickups...

PQ: The Party Quiz Game Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Up to four players or teams can compete in this 2,500-question trivia game. The box includes four hand-held quick response...

Windows (2008)

Prankster 2: Budget Worx is a game in which a movie filming turns into a nightmare. The actors get lost...

Windows (2008)

Precision is a freeware side scroller about precision jumping. The player has to jump from rooftop to rooftop (collecting all...

Predator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Predator is a side-scrolling platformer which uses the imagery and characters from the classic Arnie movie of the same name....

Predator NES Front Cover

NES (1988) and MSX (1988)

Predator: Soon The Hunt Will Begin is an 2D action game. There are 30 stages in the game, and each...

Prehistoric Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Prehistoric is a platform game set in a prehistoric time.The player controls a dinosaur of a rare species. To rescue...

Prehistorik DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), CDTV (1991), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Prehistorik is a side-view platform game with a superficial similarity to Chuck Rock. You control a neanderthal who must march...

Prehistorik 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1993)

Prehistorik 2 takes up the story of its predecessor, for another caveman-era platform game. The hero must use his club...

Prehistorik Man iPad Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1995), iPhone (2013), Nintendo DSi (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2013)

In Prehistorik Man, the player takes control of a neanderthal who is on a quest to travel through various levels,...

Prehistorik Man Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996)

"Me hungry! Me want FOOD!!"You, Sam the caveman, are hungry. You travel through various levels, defeating enemies, to gain yourself...

Premiere Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Six film reels have been stolen from your film studios by a rival company. In this platform game, your mission...

The Pretender: Part One Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

The Pretender is the story of Laurence, a 19th-century stage magician whose act has gone wrong: tampering with an artifact...

Browser (2010)

This game picks up where its predecessor left off, the stage magician Laurence sinking to the bottom of Davy Jones'...

DOS (1991)

Prigodi Pionerki Kseni (The Adventures of Ksenia the Young Pioneer) is an unofficial stand-alone total conversion of The Adventures of...

Primal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Jen is the girlfriend of a metal rocker named Lewis, who have both been through rough times in the past...

Primal (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The collector's edition of Primal contains a bonus audio CD featuring 5 combat tracks by 16Volt, a VIP Card that...

Prince Clumsy ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

Like so many brave men before him, Prince Clumsy has been lured into a tough adventure to save the woman...

Prince of Persia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Boy (1992), Game Boy Color (1999), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1990), SEGA CD (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1990), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Apple II (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1992), Wii (2012), iPhone (2010), PC-98 (1990), iPad (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2012), FM Towns (1992), Sharp X68000 (1991) and SAM Coupé (1990)

While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup...

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1995), Macintosh (1994), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1994)

After having defeated the evil Grand Vizier Jaffar, the brave Prince claimed just one reward: the hand of the beautiful...

Prince of Persia 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Dreamcast (2000)

The Sultan of Persia and his son-in-law are visiting the Sultan's brother, Assan. The friendly family meeting soon turns into...

Prince of Persia CD Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Prince of Persia CD Collection is a re-release of the original Prince of Persia and PoP 2: The Shadow...

Prince of Persia Classic Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2008), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

The Grand Vizier, Jaffar, has placed a curse on the girl you love - marry him - or die within...

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