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.
Nintendo DS (2007)
While flying in their plane across the ocean, looking for a strange energy source, Sonic and Tails' plane is struck...
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)
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This is the second part of the Sonic the Hedgehog port for mobile phones. It includes the second half of...
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....
During a battle with Sonic (in Super Sonic form), Dr.Eggman uses his new weapon and manages to trap Sonic. He...
Eggman's up to no good again, and only Sonic can stop him! Sonic Zone is a parody based on the...
In this platformer, loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Xi You Ji, players take control of Son Goku who...
Atari 2600 (1983)
Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...
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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