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Platform

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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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Pharaoh's Revenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

Pharaoh's Revenge is a fast action computer game in the arcade tradition. Using the keyboard or joystick the player must...

DOS (1990)

As a lowly research assistant Nevada Smith believes he's finally going to get his big break into the pages of...

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

More than simply based on the Disney Channel Original movie, the Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension video game...

Phix: The Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

The Magnia Stone, the sacred stone of the Magnetic World is knocked off its floating altar in the sky and...

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Windows (2009)

Physical# is a student game from the Kobe Institute and Marble Madness descendant. The player needs to guide a ball...

Pickle Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Aliens that look like giant dill pickles are about to conquer the human colony of Arcadia. Five hundred years of...

Pierre le Chef is... Out to Lunch Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Pierre Le Chef is famed worldwide for his mouth-watering recipes involving the freshest ingredients. So, when the vegetables start attempting...

ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Play with Remi the journalist and his strange bird called Pikubi. Remi has discovered that aliens are about to invade...

ExEn (2006)

Pikubi 2: Rainbow Attack! is the sequel of Pikubi. You are controlling the same big "bubble gum" like bird trying...

Pine Applin MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984)

In this platform game you control a man that collects pine apples and he's being chased by snakes, rodents and...

Windows (2003)

Pingwinek Kelvin is a 3D platform game where the player controls a penguin who has to navigate several levels.Dr. Grzałka...

Pink Goes to Hollywood Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The Pink Panther is on his way to Hollywood to audition for an important role. Chased by his nemesis Inspector...

Pinkie Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

The overall premise of Pinkie is that Dinosaur eggs have to be collected in the galaxy to keep them from...

Pink Panther: Pinkadelic Pursuit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2002)

One Christmas day, Pink Panther is heading toward the mansion of his late uncle. It is said that there is...

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PlayStation (2002) and Game Boy Advance (2001)

Grandpa Bee has kidnapped before finishing you, Pinobee - a robotic bee made to defend the world. The player must...

Pinocchio Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996), SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Journey through as Geppetto, the carpenter's live wooden puppet, Pinocchio, as he did in his Disney animated film - which...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Pin Point is based on the game Spindizzy where you control a spinning top over ten flick-screen isometric levels to...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Pir8! was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 2k size category.It is a...

The Pirates of Dark Water Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Dark Water is slowly taking over the world of Mer. With his last words, King Primus tells his son, Prince...

Pitfall! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1982), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), MSX (1983) and Windows Phone (2011)

Pitfall! is a platform action game. You play Pitfall Harry who is on a quest to locate treasure deep in...

Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Pitfall 3D is a remake of Pitfall!. Once again, take on the role of Pitfall Harry and swing across pits...

Pitfall: Beyond the Jungle Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

Pitfall: Beyond the Jungle is a side-scrolling platformer in which the player controls Pitfall Henry Jr. who discovered a portal...

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

You play Pitfall Harry searching for the Raj diamond, his niece Rhonda, and a variety of treasures somewhere in the...

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and digiBlast (2005)

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition on GBA is an original Pitfall game loosely associated with the PS2, Xbox and GameCube game...

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