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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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Windows (2005)

The freeware title RunMan's Monster Fracas is the fifth game in the RunMan series. In the original games RunMan only...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Runner is a single screen platform game with various levels, where you control a spaceman with a jet-pac who must...

Run Roo Run iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Run Roo Run is a micro-platformer. The game revolves around a kangaroo that must travel from Perth to Sydney in...

SNES (1993)

In the year 2998, the brilliant Dr. Bruford is experimenting with genetic structures and radiation. He hopes to create new...

Commodore 64 (1986)

After his adventures in Rupert and the Toymaker's Party, Rupert must now enter an Ice Castle belonging to Jack and...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

The first digital outing of Rupert Bear, a classic British cartoon character that has been appearing in newspaper Daily Express...

Rururi Ra Rura PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1998)

One fine day, a wandering young swordsman named Axid goes to a lake and sees a beautiful tiny girl in...

Rush Bros. Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Rush Bros. is a platform racing game that reacts to the music played by the racers. It features a single...

Rush'n Attack NES Front Cover

DOS (1989), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Xbox 360 (2007), BBC Micro (1989), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1989), Thomson TO (1986), Arcade (1985) and Thomson MO (1986)

Depending on which title you use, and how you interpret it, this game is about a guy who a) rushes...

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...

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