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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Arcade (1987)

Psycho-Nics Oscar is a 2D platform-shooting game. The player controls a powerful mecha (giant Japanese robot), named Oscar. He fights...

Windows (2011)

Psycho Waluigi is an unlicensed freeware game made by Thunder Dragon starring Nintendo's character Waluigi as he tries to take...

DOS (1987)

This pool simulator is set in the Pub. You may direct the white ball by moving the cross cursor on...

PuffBOMB Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PuffBOMB is a free physics based puzzle game somewhat similar to The Incredible Machine. Using the mouse, you place and...

Puggsy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994) and SEGA CD (1993)

Puggsy is a platform game with a combination of action and puzzle-solving elements. You control the the creature Puggsy, who...

Pulseman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and Wii (2009)

Pulseman is an electric hero who was created to fight cyber crime. Combat the galaxy gang throughout 7 stages with...

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Punch Ball Mario Bros. is a single-screen action game adapted from the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros.. Visually and structurally,...

Punchy ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Punchy is set, as the name might suggest, in a theater setting. It is an adaptation of "Punch & Judy":...

Windows (2005)

2D run-and-jump platform games had their run at market dominance (thank you, Super Mario) but to make a splash with...

Punishment: The Punishing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Punishment: The Punishing is the sequel to Punishment. It is a masochistic platformer where the player is constantly punished for...

PlayStation (1996)

Punky Skunk is a side scrolling platformer where the titular skunk has to rescue his friends from a mad wolf...

Puppeteer PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

Kutaro is a little boy taken away by the evil Moon Bear King. He must escape the king's castle and...

Browser (2006)

In Puppy Fetch your master throws a stick and you (a puppy) need to find the stick and bring it...

Pushmo Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pushmo is a puzzle game in the vain of titles such as ChuChu Rocket! or Picross 3D in that it...

Pushover DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Arcade (1992)

You're playing a small ant that is willing to help a friend in rather inconvenient situation. Apparently, your friend, doggie,...

Pushover Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This freeware remake of the puzzle game from 1992 replaces the graphics and sounds with enhanced assets, while maintaining intact...

Puss N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Join Pero as he travels through time to defeat the evil Count Gruemon in this platform-hoping, side-scrolling shooter adventure! Visit...

ZX Spectrum (1999)

Pussy: Love Story from Titanic is a single player game which contains platform and falling brick puzzle solving elements. Gameplay...

Putty SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Amiga (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Putty is a platform game where the lead character is... a blob of putty. He has been expelled from Putty...

SNES (1994) and Amiga (2013)

In this sequel to Putty, the Wizard's peoples have invaded Putty land, and it's up to you to head to...

Putty Squad PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Putty Squad is a remake of the 1994 SNES game Putty Squad. It has more modern graphics and sound, but...

CD-i (1996)

Pyramid Adventures: Episode 1 - Treasures of the Lost Pyramid is the first and only part in the Pyramid Adventures...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic is a platform puzzle game that casts the player as a young explorer seeking a treasure hidden deep...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic II is a direct continuation of the first game. In the final room of the first title, the...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic III is the final title in the Pyramid Magic series of puzzle adventure games, and picks up right...

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