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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Genesis (1990), FM Towns (1992) and Arcade (1988)

Rainbow Islands Extra is a conversion of the classic Taito coin-op Rainbow Islands. Included on the cartridge are conversions of...

WonderSwan (2000)

A spin-off of the Rainbow Islands games, this title features Putty instead of the classic Bub & Bob. Like the...

Rainbow Islands Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Bubby and Bobby return in this Nintendo DS update to the popular arcade game, Rainbow Islands. The game takes place...

Windows (2007)

The restless soul of a roadkilled rabbit (doubtless the lagomorph ancestor of Gun-Nac's antagonists) gathers the discontent shades of other...

Rallo Gump DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

You are Rallo Gump, saving the planet GUMP from Mr. Glump Gump the Third and his invading Glumpites.Rescue your fellow...

Rambo NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

John Rambo is a Special Forces solder that is currently spending time in military prison, well until Colonel Trautman decides...

Rapid Angel PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Three girls - Natsumi, Ayane and Haruna own a courier shop called Rapid Angel. When the girls take on the...

Raptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

While you are guarding them, some pterodactyls stole all four of your eggs. The raptor leader has selected you to...

Rascal PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Rascal you must rescue your kidnapped father, a professor, from the clutches of the evil Chronon. Chronon is using...

Rastan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Rastan features five levels of hacking and slashing gameplay with a boss at the end of each level. Numerous enemies...

Rastan Saga II Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

The "Rastania" was a sacred place, in which the sacred temple, "Skyscraper", soared into the sky. It is said that...

Ratatouille Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox (2007), GameCube (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

This game is based on the award winning Pixar movie of the same name. Remy is a rat who dreams...

Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Ratchet & Clank is a platform action game in a similar vein to the 3D versions of the Rayman, Sonic,...

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is a special edition of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time that also includes the following: Collector's...

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One takes place after the events of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time,...

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is the final installment in Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank Future trilogy, following...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Clank has gone missing! Ratchet's backpack robot buddy has been kidnapped by the mysterious Zoni, first seen in Ratchet &...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

In Ratchet & Clank's first outing on the PlayStation 3, the duo is up against a robotic force led by...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

What happens to heroes after they've saved the world? Going Commando follows Ratchet and his robotic sidekick Clank on a...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile! BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

Ratchet and Clank are teleported into your cellphone and must fight their way out. Maximillan escapes a secret agent clank...

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as...

Rat on the Run Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Ratty lives in a big house, that's fortunately is full of his favorite food: cheese. In this single button game...

Game Boy (1998) and Game Boy Color (1999)

Mr. Raz used to be an awful hitman. Luckily he found his girlfriend Loretta Mozzarella and stopped the killing. Turning...

Rat Splat! Oric Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Oric (1983)

The situation in the sewers is critical. The rats breed in such numbers that something must be done. The player...

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is a party game for the Wii in which the titular Rabbids travel back in...

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