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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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Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...

Sorcery Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1986)

You are one of the last four remaining great sorcerers. When Necromancer kidnaps the other three, it is your task...

BBC Micro (1984)

No relation to the more well-known arcade adventure, Sorcery for the BBC is an arcade platformer in the same vein...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Sorcery+ is an expanded re-release of Sorcery. Besides new graphics and sound, it features an additional scenario which is played...

SOS SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

The date is Tuesday, September 13th, 1921. It's a stormy night, and the luxury ocean liner "Lady Crithania" is about...

S.O.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Sydney the Droid has crash-landed his plane on Alpha Five, and he must search the city for the plane radio...

Soul of a Robot ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

To save planet Nonterraqueous from a malfunctioning evil computer, its people have built a robot to attack the super-computer. Cunningly,...

Soul of Darkness J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), Nintendo DSi (2010) and BlackBerry (2009)

As a child, Kale's family was attacked by vampires leading to the death of both his parents. After this Kale...

Windows (2010)

Soul of Dracula is a 2D platformer in the Metroidvania style and inspired by the Castlevania series with Dracula as...

Windows (1996)

SoulTrap is a 3D platform game that takes place inside the mind of the main character of the game: Malcolm...

Sound Shapes PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Sound Shapes is a 2D platformer where the environments and the challenges are built in harmony with music. The player...

Apple II (1987)

The object of the game is to capture or kill Lord Futz. In order to do this, you must conquer...

Windows (2000)

South Park: Cartman's Authoritah is an unlicensed side-scrolling 2D platform game where the player plays as Cartman, a character from...

South Park: Mega Millionaire Android Front Cover

BREW (2009), J2ME (2009), Windows Mobile (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2010)

Cartman and his friends from South Park takes part in a Japanese game show, Mega Millionaire!, with the chance to...

Commodore 64 (1989)

As a recruit of the space academy, you must complete numerous tasks, most of which test your dexterity and occasionally...

SNES (1993)

Borf has kidnapped Dexter's girlfriend Kimberly and is threatening to turn earth's population into babies using his "Infanto Ray". Naturally,...

Windows (1999)

Space Bastards: Sudden Justice is a push-block puzzle game.With your one (or, optionally two) Robosaur(s) you must wade your way...

Atari ST (1989)

Space Blob is a 15 level platform game in which the player has to help Blob collect crystals and try...

DOS (1993)

Space Chase Part One: City Under Siege is the first episode of the shareware side-scrolling platform game, Space Chase, which...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Space Chimps is a game based on an animated-movie of the same name. A wayward space probe has been sucked...

ColecoVision (1982), Casio PV-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1980)

A game remarkably similar to Lode Runner, you play an astronaut with limited oxygen (time) chased around by various space...

Amiga (1986) and Atari ST (1986)

Space Station is a platform action adventure in which the player takes the role of a space ship commander. The...

Space Station Silicon Valley PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Long ago, scientists created a living space station, full of animals. After its launch into space, the station vanished, never...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Space Station Silicon Valley is a based on the Nintendo 64 game of the same name. It keeps story, gameplay...

Space Taxi Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Piloting a Space Taxi, you must pick up passengers from "pads" and carry them to whatever other pads they wish...

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