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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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Sly 2: Band of Thieves PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Thief and raccoon Sly Cooper returns in a new cel-shaded platforming adventure wherein he forms a band of thieves with...

The Sly Collection PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Sly Collection is an HD remastered port of three PlayStation 2 games in the Sly Cooper Series: Sly Cooper...

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Sly Cooper is the latest in a long line of master thieves. When he was a kit, a gang called...

Small Arms Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Small Arms is a hybrid of a platform and a fighting game. Played on a single-screen playing field or forced-scrolling...

Small Soldiers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Small Soldiers is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The plot revolves around a war between...

SNES (1991)

King Geoffrey of Kyliria has recently passed away. Jerry, his eldest son, was all set to take the throne, however...

The Smelly Mystery Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

The Smelly Mystery is a game using Mercer Mayer's "Little Monster Private Eye" license. One night during a sleepover at...

Smurf: Paint 'n' Play Workshop ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1984)

Choose any one of four background scenes and start to add clip-art objects, furniture and free form design. The four...

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and ColecoVision (1982)

Smurfette has been kidnapped and is being held atop a platform in Gargamel's castle. The player controls a smurf across...

The Smurfs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This game is targeted to young players. This is a 3d lateral view platformer where the player controls one of...

The Smurfs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1997), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1995)

Free the Smurfs before Gargamel smurfs then all! Platform game where you will be able to play with the jockey...

The Smurfs Travel the World SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996) and Genesis (1996)

Night falls at the Smurf Village. Inquisitive Smurf brings Smurfette along to Papa Smurfs' laboratory to see the Magic Crystal...

Game Boy (1995) and SEGA Master System (1995)

The magic crystal has broken. And so inquisitive Smurf and Smurfette are teleported through time and all around the world....

Smuś DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1994) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

Smuś is a platform game. The hero of the game was kidnapped by Ice Baron. The player must help him...

DOS (1992)

In this educational game you should help Snap Dragon, accompanied by his friend Teddy Bear, to make his photo album....

Snapshot Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Snapshot is a puzzle platform game. You play as the robot Pic. Pic is equipped with a camera- but this...

Game Boy (1991)

When Sonia Snake is kidnapped by the Nasty Nibbler, only two snakes can save her! It's up to Attila and...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Snokie is a horizontally scrolling platform game where you must guide a penguin back to his home. You begin the...

Snow Brothers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), Genesis (1993), Amiga (2006), NES (1991), Android (2012) and Arcade (1990)

Nick and Tom are two Princes living the dream with two beautiful princesses. When suddenly the evil King Scorch freezes...

Snow Drift Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The player must take control of a yeti and guide him through twenty side-scrolling platform levels that take place in...

Snowy: Space Trip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

When a gang of evil robots captures Snowy's alien friends it's up to him to don his space suit and...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Upon his return from his recent adventures in space, Snowy The Bear decides that he's developed quite an interest in...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

After getting through the Puzzle Islands and his little foray into outer space Snowy The Bear returns to his real...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 3 Windows Front Cover Alawar release

Windows (2007)

Snowy, bored with serving customers at the restaurant he runs with Browny, one day decides that he needs to get...

Soccer Kid DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (2003), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1993), Jaguar (1996), Amiga (1993), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Windows Mobile (2002)

Aliens attempting to steal the World Cup have crashed as they tried to flee, and the Cup has been broken,...

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