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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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Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is the sequel to Rush'n Attack and the third main game in the series, following the arcade-only...

Rusty PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1993)

Hundreds of years ago, the ruler of Transylvania, a man by the name of Monte Carlo, was sealed away by...

Rycerz Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Rycerz is a platform game. To become a knight Gregor must past three trials: find a five magic stars in...

Rygar: The Legendary Adventure PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2009)

This is a 3D-based sequel to Rygar, a Tecmo title which was successful in the arcades and on many home...

Saban's Iznogoud DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1998)

You are the Grand Vizier Iznogoud, whose one and only aim is to depose the Caliph of Baghdad and become...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Power Rangers: Time Force for the Game Boy Color is a platformer based on the 2001 version of the long-running...

Arcade (1992)

In this one to two player co-operative platform game, you play a cactus and you must clear a screen of...

Saboteur Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Saboteur combines platform, beat 'em up and stealth elements, setting you as a lone samurai trying to infiltrate an enemy...

Saboteur II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The ninja hero of the original Saboteur game has been killed, and his sister Nina is out to avenge this...

Sabre Wulf Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and J2ME (2005)

The amulet that had been in place to imprison Sabrewulf has been shattered by the evil Dr. Dolittle-Goode. Now, it...

Windows (2006)

Sacred Gear is a side view multiplayer action game with emphasis on game play in both free-for-all and team play...

Saint Sword Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

You are Macress, a mythical warrior, and you have been called upon to destroy the evil demon, Gorgon before the...

Saira Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The eponymous Saira is an explorer and a photographer who specializes in shots of dangerous places across the universe. When...

NES (1988)

An adaption of Wonder Boy in Monster Land for the Famicom. This version of that game now has its setting...

Commodore 64 (1997)

Samber is a platform game similar to Lode Runner. It involves players collecting a number of items in the level,...

Atari ST (1995)

Sam in Monster's Garden is a freeware collect-'em-up game not completely unlike Dig Dug. As Sam you have to collect...

Sammy Lightfoot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1983), PC-88 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

Go through three levels jumping over obstacles that get in your way. Use trampolines and swings to get to hard-to-reach...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Based on the Cartoon Network animated series, Samurai Jack has been sent to another place in time by his nemesis...

Samurai Jack: The Shadow of Aku PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Born and bred a warrior, Samurai Jack is thrust into the future by his nemesis, Aku. In his travels, Jack...

Windows (2002)

Oh no! Just before his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve, Santa loses all the presents! He can't stand...

Windows (2004)

Santa Claus in Trouble ... again has the same premise as its predecessor: Santa Claus has lost all the presents....

Santa Claus Junior Game Boy Color Front Cover Europe

Game Boy Color (2001)

Santa Claus Junior is a platform game for the Gameboy Color. It features a little boy called Nick whose job...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Despite being published by the same company and sharing the same title, Santa's Xmas Caper on the Amiga is different...

SEGA Master System (1995)

A kung fu gang, following the lead of the mighty sorcerer Naja (who's called that way for its hypnosis skills)...

SEGA Master System (1995)

The merciless Sapo Boi, with the help of the evil Lagartão and Sibila, the sorceress snake, recruited an army of...

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