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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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...

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Jaguar (1995), SEGA CD (1994), SEGA 32X (1995) and Wii (2009)

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a side-scrolling action game in which you play adventurer Pitfall Harry Jr in search of...

DOS (2004)

Pitman shares its general idea with an identically-named Game Boy title, although it isn't directly based on the latter. This...

Browser (2013)

Pivot is a puzzle platforming game where the goal is to collect all 49 treasure chests spread out across rooms...

PIXEL! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel the Cat has gotten bored, and decides to leave the house and head off for the city to meet...

PixelJunk Eden PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

In PixelJunk Eden you control an arguably weird creature called a Grimp whose purpose is to expand the garden in...

PixelJunk Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This PC release combines the PS3 game PixelJunk Eden and its DLC PixelJunk Eden Encore into a single game, offering...

PixelJunk Eden Encore PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

PixelJunk Eden Encore is DLC for PixelJunk Eden. It introduces five new gardens and backgrounds for the game, as well...

Pixelkiller Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

"Lost on a far away planet... Thank God I brought my gun!"Pixelkiller is a deliberately retro-style action platformer where the...

Pixel Man Xbox 360 Front Cover 1st version

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel Man is a minimalist retro platforming game in which the goal is to get Pixel Man to the exit...

Pixel Sword Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Ouya (2014)

Pixel Sword is simple 2D platform game. The player controls a brave hero with a sword. He jumps on various...

Pizza Panic Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

Deliver those pizzas and do it right! As Mr Ravioli's new pizza delivery person your job is to get those...

Pizza Pete. Commodore 16, Plus/4 Front Cover

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Things aren't going well for Luigi, production at the bakery has halted so he is unable to make his Pizza...

NES (1992)

A pizza delivery guy is in love with a girl named Betty. He's going about his careless job, delivering in...

Amiga (1990)

The colonization of space goes well, but there are not enough humans to do all the work. So scientists engineered...

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1998)

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein is the successor of Star Gladiator released for Playstation. Like its predecessor it was first...

Windows (2007)

Something has gone wrong at a far-flung future archaeological dig; a Plasma Warrior has been called in to clean up...

Platformance: Castle Pain Xbox 360 Front Cover 1st version

Xbox 360 (2010)

The princess has been kidnapped, and someone needs to rescue her. Of course, there's a valiant knight who is perfectly...

Atari ST (1992)

Platform Capers is a Donkey-Kong style platform game where the aim is to collect four keys and make the way...

Windows (2003)

Platformerius: The Ninja Incident is a free platform game. It is completely controlled via keyboard. Since it consists of only...

DOS (1991)

Platform Heels is a single player, shareware, platform game in which the player controls a robot called 'Heels'The object of...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

A compilation of four coin-op titles sprung out of the cooperation between U.S. Gold and Capcom: Strider Black Tiger Forgotten...

Amiga (1995)

Plat Man is an enhanced variant of Pac-Man. By controlling the yellow hero the player must find a number of...

Oric (1985)

Playground 21 is a platformer (or ladder game as it's described on the cover). It consists of a number of...

PlayStation All Stars Island Android Front Cover

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

Just like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PlayStation All Stars Island is a franchise crossover game that combines various properties owned...

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