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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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Scrap Collector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a collaboration between Mark Essen (messhof) and Jonatan Söderström (cactus) to create two games independently from each other,...

Scrapyard Dog Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1991) and Atari 7800 (1990)

In Scrapyard Dog you play the role of Louie, the junkyard guy, who's companion Scraps has been dognapped by the...

Scribblenauts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling action game based on puzzles. The goal is to have the character Maxwell overcome obstacles by...

Scribblenauts Remix iPad Front Cover First version

iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Scribblenauts Remix is the third game in the Scribblenauts series which takes stages from the first two games as well...

DOS (2004)

The name says it all: an early, proof-of-concept side-scrolling platform game exercise. The player controls a little man who moves...

DOS (1993)

Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The city's sewer system has been infested by monsters, and LINDA, a maintenance droid, has been sent down to flush...

SD Hero Sōkessen: Taose Aku no Gundan NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The SD Gashapon Warriors live peacefully in their home, SD Nation, until one day a mysterious UFO appeared in the...

Sea Bubble Burst Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Closely resembling Bubble Bobble, Sea Bubble Burst stars Bubbly, an underwater creature with the power to trap creatures in bubbles,...

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1994)

Based on the first season of the TV series of the same name, your character is an officer of the...

Windows (2010)

In a dystopian world, the repressive Neo Bungeling Empire have ultimate control, and have stolen the treasures of their people...

Secret Agent DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

As Agent 006, you are the world's only hope: the terrorist organization known as the D.V.S. has captured the blueprints...

Secret Maryo Chronicles Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

Secret Maryo Chronicles is a 2D jump 'n run platformer in the style of Super Mario World. The player can...

NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Another emulated re-release for SEGA's AGES 2500 series. This time including two arcade hits from its System 16 boards: SDI...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The "Treasure Box" is a collection of Treasure's best games developed for SEGA back in the 16-bit days emulated for...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.29: Monster World Complete Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Monster World Complete Collection is a collection of games from the Wonder Boy series. It contains all the games in...

SEGA Smashpack Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Three classic Sega Genesis titles on your Game Boy Advance. Ecco the Dolphin, Sonic Spinball, and Golden Axe. Three of...

Arcade (1993)

That evil, rotund Dr. Robotnik is at it again! This time, he's constructed a new island base called Eggman Island...

Segata Sanshirō Shinkenyugi SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

Segata Sanshirō Shinkenyugi is a game starring popular Segata Sanshiro, a fictional character created by Sega to advertise the Sega...

NES (1986) and MSX (1987)

Players take control of Demon Kogure, a member of the real life Japanese heavy metal band Seikima-II. He is on...

Windows (2003)

Seiklus is an exploration/adventure game, exploration being the key element. Your goal is to find your lost girlfriend while collecting...

PC-98 (1993)

Sei Senshi Mokkoriman opens the line of Mokkoriman games. Mokkoriman is a super-hero. Perhaps a little unusual one. You see,...

Genesis (1994)

Counting Cafe is an educational game based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. The player controls Grover, working as...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has about 30 pictures featuring Latin...

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