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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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Rocket Knight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Rocket Knight is a 2.5D platformer and a reboot of the Rocket Knight series from the nineties, with the titles...

ZX81 (1984)

Rocket Man is a platformer where the player has to collect diamonds. The diamonds are located on the far left...

Commodore 64 (1984) and MSX (1986)

You are Rocket Roger and on your way home to Earth, your ship has run out of fuel and you...

Rockin' Kats NES Front Cover

NES (1991) and Arcade (1991)

Willy is a young jazz cat who goes by the name of "The Rockin' Kat". His girlfriend, Jill, was kidnapped...

Rockman Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Rockman is an arcade platform game. The player's task is to collect all the fruits on the board. The task...

Rockman ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Rockman is hungry for mushrooms, and must grab them from the treacherous prehistoric screens of this action game. To get...

Windows (2007)

This is a unofficial, loose remake of the Rockman 7 for the SNES. Unlike the original game however, level progression...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Rockman Power Battle Fighters is a Japanese-exclusive compilation which features the two arcade-only entries in the series:Rockman: The Power BattleRockman...

Rocko's Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rocko's Quest (known as Grouch in Europe) is a Spanish-made 3D action platformer, in which the player controls the titular...

SNES (1993)

Mafia member Don Garcia has kidnapped Melody, the daughter of the owner of the Rose Restaurant. Rocky Rodent agrees to...

Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984) and Arcade (1983)

Your player is a mountain climber who must avoid cavemen, dinosaurs and pterodactyls as he climbs up the cliff-sides. Your...

Roderic Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Godart the evil wizard has kidnapped the beautiful princess Fiscella. The valiant prince Roderic, knowing that Godart's keep is virtually...

Rodland Amiga Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Amiga (1991), NES (1992), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Windows Mobile (2007), Symbian (2007), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Arcade (1990)

Taking a rather literal view of the term 'slap-stick humour', Rodland features two fairies called Tam and Rit, whose mission...

Rogue Legacy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

The King has been wounded by an assassin. It is up to his sons and daughters to venture forth to...

Rogue Trooper Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Rogue Trooper is a Genetic Infantryman (G.I.) of the future whose entire battalion was wiped out on their first mission...

Amstrad CPC (1984) and Camputers Lynx (1984)

Just as when Microdeal's mascot Cuthbert Goes Digging, when Amsoft's mascot Roland starts digging, he does it in a Space...

Roland in Time Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Roland In Time is a single player platform game in the Roland game series from Amstrad.In this game Roland has...

Rolando iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Rolando is a platform adventure in which the player must rescue small creatures called Rolandos. The Rolandos are moved by...

Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid is the sequel to Rolando. Like its predecessor the player controls Rolandos by...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Roland Rat, star of British breakfast TV in the 80s, is late for work and his car won't start so...

Roll Away PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

In Roll Away, the player controls a beach ball navigating a series of cubic-grid labyrinths suspended high above various locales....

ZX Spectrum (1985)

A theme park may not seem like a typical platform game setting, compared to standards such as magical islands, abandoned...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Roller Kong is a single screen platform game based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to rescue...

Rolling Ronny DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Who says being an errand boy is dull ? Take Rolling Ronny - he's the coolest dude in town. Help...

Rolling Thunder NES Front Cover

Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1986)

Rolling Thunder is the world's most powerful secret police force and you are its best agent. Your mission is to...

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