DescriptionPlatform 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.
Game Boy (1996)
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PlayStation 2 (2003)
The collector's edition of Primal contains a bonus audio CD featuring 5 combat tracks by 16Volt, a VIP Card that...
DOS (1990), Game Boy (1992), Game Boy Color (1999), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1990), SEGA CD (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1990), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Apple II (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1992), Wii (2012), iPhone (2010), PC-98 (1990), iPad (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2012), FM Towns (1992), Sharp X68000 (1991) and SAM Coupé (1990)
While the Sultan of Persia is fighting a war in a foreign country, his Grand Vizier Jaffar orchestrates a coup...
In the first Prince of Persia game to appear on cellphones, an evil vizier has kidnapped the sultan's wives from...
Prince of Persia: Revelations is an enhanced port of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within for PSP. It contains all the...
A cross-promotional game intended to build buzz for the then-upcoming Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, this mini-game puts...
Nintendo DS (2008)
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King takes place after the computer and console version of Prince of Persia (2008) and...
Nintendo DS (2010)
Along with Wii and PSP releases of the game, Nintendo DS version of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands also...
In this promotional tie-in game for The Forgotten Sands, the Prince of Persia is running, running, running through a steadily-scrolling...
Game Boy Advance (2003)
Based on the console series of the same name, the Prince of Persia has been tricked into unleashing the Sands...
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