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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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Sonic CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and SEGA CD (1993)

Sonic the Hedgehog and his self-proclaimed girlfriend Amy Rose travel to Never Lake, only to discover the legendary Little Planet...

Sonic CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Rather than a straight port or an emulated title, this version of the 1993 Sonic CD game is a completely...

Sonic Classic Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Sonic Classic Collection is a set of four games from the Sonic series on one cart. The games included on...

Sonic Classic Collection (Limited Edition) Nintendo DS Front Cover Cardboard Slip over Tin

Nintendo DS (2010)

This is a special edition of Sonic Classic Collection that also includes the following: Limited Edition tin 5cm Sonic figurine...

Sonic Colors Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Sonic's latest adventure takes him to the most unusual and amazing place ever seen in the Galaxy, 'Dr. Eggman's Interstellar...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Dr. Eggman wants to change his ways, opening a massive new theme park floating rather curiously above the planet. Sonic,...

Sonic Dash Android Front Cover

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

Sonic Dash is a third-person endless runner similar to Temple Run. The player controls Sonic (or other unlockable characters such...

Sonic Generations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

It's Sonic's birthday, and all his friends have thrown him a surprise party. Unfortunately, just as the celebration gets underway,...

Sonic Generations Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Sonic Generations for Nintendo 3DS is a different side-scrolling platformer to it's home console counterpart and is closer in gameplay...

Sonic Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Sonic & the gang, are back in the latest game, SONIC HEROES. Coming out on the Gamecube & for the...

Sonic Jam SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

A compilation of Sonic's greatest 2D adventures. Included on the disk is the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2 (featuring...

Sonic Jam Game.Com Front Cover

Game.Com (1998)

A "greatest hits" compilation of levels inspired by Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. The player first selects...

Sonic & Knuckles Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2010)

Sonic and Knuckles continues the story directly from where Sonic the Hedgehog 3 left off. The explosion from the Death...

Sonic & Knuckles Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

The Sonic & Knuckles Collection contains three games ported from the Sega Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sonic & Knuckles...

Sonic Mega Collection GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

A complete compilation of 7 classic Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog title. Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic's first ever outing had you...

Sonic Mega Collection Plus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

A special extended version of the popular GameCube compilation ported for the PS2 and Xbox, Sonic Mega Collection Plus contains...

Sonic Rivals 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Sonic Rivals 2 is a platforming game with 2D gameplay in a 3D environment where you race another character to...

Sonic Rush Adventure Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

While flying in their plane across the ocean, looking for a strange energy source, Sonic and Tails' plane is struck...

Sonic the Hedgehog Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Game Boy Advance (2006), Genesis (1991), J2ME (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), iPod Classic (2007), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2006), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Arcade (1993)

Sonic the Hedgehog is the first of many games starring Sega's premier hedgehog, Sonic. It's a side-scrolling platform game with...

Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Wii (2008) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

SEGA's mascot Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut in a famous Genesis title, but Sega's 8-bit systems got their own...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1992), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2007), iPhone (2010), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a side-scrolling platformer based around speed, and the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog. Like the...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Wii (2008) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Coming back from the vacation Sonic took after foiling the plans of Dr Robotnik, he finds that Tails and all...

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2007)

Dr. Robotnik's Death Egg has crash-landed on Floating Island, so called because it harnesses the power of the Chaos Emeralds...

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2010), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2011), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2011) and Ouya (2013)

Sonic The Hedgehog 4, as the title indicates, is a direct sequel to the classical series of Sonic platformers on...

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and the second game...

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