Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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The Smurfs Travel the World SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996) and Genesis (1996)

Night falls at the Smurf Village. Inquisitive Smurf brings Smurfette along to Papa Smurfs' laboratory to see the Magic Crystal...

Game Boy (1995) and SEGA Master System (1995)

The magic crystal has broken. And so inquisitive Smurf and Smurfette are teleported through time and all around the world....

Smuś DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1994) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

Smuś is a platform game. The hero of the game was kidnapped by Ice Baron. The player must help him...

DOS (1992)

In this educational game you should help Snap Dragon, accompanied by his friend Teddy Bear, to make his photo album....

Snapshot Linux Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Snapshot is a puzzle platform game. You play as the robot Pic. Pic is equipped with a camera- but this...

Game Boy (1991)

When Sonia Snake is kidnapped by the Nasty Nibbler, only two snakes can save her! It's up to Attila and...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Snokie is a horizontally scrolling platform game where you must guide a penguin back to his home. You begin the...

Snow Brothers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), Genesis (1993), Amiga (2006), NES (1991), Android (2012) and Arcade (1990)

Nick and Tom are two Princes living the dream with two beautiful princesses. When suddenly the evil King Scorch freezes...

Snow Drift Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The player must take control of a yeti and guide him through twenty side-scrolling platform levels that take place in...

Snowy: Space Trip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

When a gang of evil robots captures Snowy's alien friends it's up to him to don his space suit and...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Upon his return from his recent adventures in space, Snowy The Bear decides that he's developed quite an interest in...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

After getting through the Puzzle Islands and his little foray into outer space Snowy The Bear returns to his real...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 3 Windows Front Cover Alawar release

Windows (2007)

Snowy, bored with serving customers at the restaurant he runs with Browny, one day decides that he needs to get...

Soccer Kid DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (2003), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1993), Jaguar (1996), Amiga (1993), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Windows Mobile (2002)

Aliens attempting to steal the World Cup have crashed as they tried to flee, and the Cup has been broken,...

Socket Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Socket is a fast-paced platform game in the vein of Sonic the Hedgehog. The evil overlord Time Dominator has constructed...

MSX (1988) and Sharp X1 (1987)

A girl named Sofia touches a magical crystal and gets teleported to a parallel world, now she has to find...

DOS (1994)

The game is blend of original Soko-Ban and pictures of young naked models, whose parts are shown to you after...

SolaRola J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2007), J2ME (2007) and iPhone (2012)

The player controls Wiz and Waz, 2 blob-like brothers who travel around the universe in their space-rocket always on the...

Windows (2002)

Soldat is a side-view action game with simple controls. Having certain similarities to Worms, the game combines gameplay simplicity with...

Amiga (2013)

Solid Gold is a platform game inspired by the likes of Rick Dangerous with small sprites, unforgiving jumps and enemy...

Windows 3.x (1998)

The game includes only one solitaire game Klondike. There are two types of card faces available - Kamasutra pictures and...

Solomon's Club Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Solomon's Club is a sequel to Solomon's Key, which has similar gameplay combining platform gaming with puzzle elements. There are...

Solomon's Key NES Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), NES (1986), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

Solomon's Key is a platform game with both action and strategy elements. On each level your goal is to retrieve...

NES (1994)

Somari the Adventurer is a Sonic the Hedgehog port for the NES, with a twist. Instead of Sonic, the player...

Game Gear (1995)

Sonic 2 In 1 is a compilation of two Sonic games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball There...

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