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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 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...

Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993) and Wii (2009)

The inhabitants of South Island are in danger! Dr. Robotnik has stolen all the Chaos Emeralds which kept the power...

J2ME (2006)

This is the first part of the Sonic the Hedgehog port for mobile phones. It includes the first three zones...

J2ME (2006)

This is the second part of the Sonic the Hedgehog port for mobile phones. It includes the second half of...

Sonic The Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Take control of Sonic on the road with Sonic Pocket Adventure. Travel through 9 zones bashing robots and collecting rings....

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1993), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1994), Wii (2007), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

The evil doctor Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the...

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Dr. Robotnik has stolen all the Chaos Emeralds, yet again, but when the experiment for his new weapon goes wrong,...

Sonic Unleashed Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

During a fight on one of Dr. Eggman's spaceships, Sonic becomes caught in a nefarious trap! Eggman uses a device...

Sonic Unleashed PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

In this version of Sonic Unleashed Eggman manages to defeat Sonic, using the tremendous power of the Chaos Emeralds to...

J2ME (2009)

During a battle with Sonic (in Super Sonic form), Dr.Eggman uses his new weapon and manages to trap Sonic. He...

Windows (2003)

Eggman's up to no good again, and only Sonic can stop him! Sonic Zone is a parody based on the...

Son of Blagger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

Players control Slippery Sid, who is an espionage agent and son of Blagger. Like the first game, the task is...

SonSon PlayStation 3 Front Cover

NES (1986), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1984)

In this game, you play the role of either Son Son or Ton Ton as you try to rescue your...

Son Son II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

In this platformer, loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Xi You Ji, players take control of Son Goku who...

Sooty & Sweep Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than...

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...

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