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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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Skull Cracker Macintosh Front Cover

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

Skull Cracker can be considered the spiritual successor to the 1991 title Creepy Castle that Bill Appleton wrote for Reactor...

Skullmonkeys PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Skullmonkeys is the successor title to The Neverhood, which came out only on PC (and, in Japan, as "Klaymen Klaymen"...

DOS (1994)

Skull Quest II: The Vortex is a single player, shareware, DOS dungeon crawl game.The basic story behind this game is...

DOS (1993)

Skull Quest I: The Cyan Sarcophagus is a single player, shareware, dungeon crawl game for DOS.Two hundred years ago the...

DOS (1993)

Another game in the Skunny series. This is the original Skunny, a side-scroller in which you must collect various items...

DOS (1993)

After his trip back to the Ancient Rome in Skunny: Save our Pizzas, Skunny the squirrel just wants to get...

DOS (1993)

In this game Skunny the squirrel must travel back in time to ancient Rome to stop an evil chef from...

DOS (1995)

Skunny has returned once again in another side-scrolling game. The graphics have been somewhat updated over his previous adventures, but...

Skyblazer SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Arianna, a young sorceress, has been kidnapped by Ashura. Sky has pledged his life to rescuing her. Sky must venture...

Amiga (1991)

Sky Cabbie is a Space Taxi variant. The player takes the role of a taxi driver who has to transport...

Sleepwalker Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

CTA's original IP stars a toon dog called Ralph who must stop his sleepwalking master Lee from waking up. Ralph...

Amiga CD32 (1993)

Two games on one CD: platformer Sleepwalker and popular pinball simulator Pinball Fantasies. This dual-game CD was bundled with the...

Slightly Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Slightly Magic is a platform game not unlike Codemasters' own Dizzy and Seymour series, but is generally shorter and easier...

Slinky Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and TI-99/4A (1983)

Slinky is a game where you control a spring and jump from block to block and attempt to change all...

Sly 2: Band of Thieves PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Thief and raccoon Sly Cooper returns in a new cel-shaded platforming adventure wherein he forms a band of thieves with...

The Sly Collection PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Sly Collection is an HD remastered port of three PlayStation 2 games in the Sly Cooper Series: Sly Cooper...

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Sly Cooper is the latest in a long line of master thieves. When he was a kit, a gang called...

Small Arms Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Small Arms is a hybrid of a platform and a fighting game. Played on a single-screen playing field or forced-scrolling...

Small Soldiers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Small Soldiers is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The plot revolves around a war between...

SNES (1991)

King Geoffrey of Kyliria has recently passed away. Jerry, his eldest son, was all set to take the throne, however...

The Smelly Mystery Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

The Smelly Mystery is a game using Mercer Mayer's "Little Monster Private Eye" license. One night during a sleepover at...

Smurf: Paint 'n' Play Workshop ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1984)

Choose any one of four background scenes and start to add clip-art objects, furniture and free form design. The four...

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and ColecoVision (1982)

Smurfette has been kidnapped and is being held atop a platform in Gargamel's castle. The player controls a smurf across...

The Smurfs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This game is targeted to young players. This is a 3d lateral view platformer where the player controls one of...

The Smurfs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1997), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1995)

Free the Smurfs before Gargamel smurfs then all! Platform game where you will be able to play with the jockey...

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