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Platform

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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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NES (1987)

The beautiful Fairy Land has been ruled by the evil demon Geyla for a thousand years. You are a nameless...

Spelunky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This is a remake of the original Spelunky. Besides the updated graphics (which grant the often used title Spelunky HD),...

Spelunky Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2011)

Spelunky is a platform game about an explorer who discovers a cave in the desert and ventures inside to loot...

Spewer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

You are a test subject codenamed "Spewer", born in a lab for the sake of study. Your real purpose is...

Spherical Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Solomon's Key is a clear conceptual influence for this action puzzler. Our hero must guide a ball through a level...

Spider PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

During a break-in at a lab, a scientist accidentally has his mind transfered into a cybernetic spider. He must move...

Spiderbot PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1988)

You're a robotic insect, leading a normally happy life in your robotic jungle, when some of your robotic cousins decide...

Spider-Man Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Trouble's ahead for Peter Parker in Spider-Man's first appearance on the Game Boy Color: an explosion at Dr. Curt Conners'...

Spider-Man Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1990)

One of the biggest criminal masterminds of the city, Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, has pulled off the ultimate plot....

Spider-Man 2 N-Gage Front Cover

N-Gage (2004)

Dr. Otto Octavius is an egomaniacal scientist that was conducing an experiment, but it failed in an accident which turned...

Spider-Man 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

A pseudo 3D (game is played on a 2D plane, but the stages will rotate around Spider-Man at certain points)...

Spider-Man 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

This is the second Spider-Man adventure to land on the Game Boy. One day, Peter Parker wakes up feeling not...

Spider-Man 2: The Hero Returns BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

Spider-Man loses his powers and must fight to get them back and rescue Mary Jane who has been kidnapped by...

Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Aunt May has been kidnapped, and it is up to Spider-Man to save the day. But little does he know...

Spider-Man 3 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Based off the 2007 movie of the same name, Spider-Man 3 puts players in charge of the titular hero as...

Game Boy (1993)

One day, Spider-Man is out doing his usual routine of keeping the city clean from muggers and skateboarders, when he...

Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Set in New York, Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace enables players to assume the role of Spider-Man as they take on super-villain...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Spider-Man has a problem. Not only has he a collection of villains on his case willing to take him down,...

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

During a fight against the supervillain Mysterio, Spider-Man shatters a very powerful artifact known as the Tablet of Order and...

Arcade (1991)

Spider-Man is on a mission to stop Dr. Doom from destroying the city and all who inhabit it. Dr. Doom...

Spider-Man: Total Mayhem iPhone Front Cover

Symbian (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010) and bada (2011)

Inspired by the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, Spider-Man faces a new threat with some familiar faces in this action...

Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Loosely based on the comic book series, the story opens as Carnage breaks out of the insane asylum and wreaks...

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and PSP (2008)

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition is a 2D side-scroller with 3D graphics. The story is similar to...

Spider-Man X-Men: Arcade's Revenge Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993) and Game Gear (1994)

Spider-Man and members of the X-Men have teamed up in this side-scrolling action game to fight against Arcade, who has...

Spike ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Spike wishes to find the fabled Magic Dream Sphere, which will make his every wish come true. As such, he...

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