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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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Shoot Many Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shoot Many Robots is a run-and-gun platform shooter that can be played with up to four people cooperatively. The player...

Shovel Knight Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

In ancient medieval times, the land belonged to lords and heroes. In that day there was many a mighty warrior,...

The Showdown Effect Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The Showdown Effect is a side scrolling multiplayer action game inspired by action movies of the 1980s. The game features...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Control Puss in Boots and his friends, Shrek and Donkey, as you experience the Shrek 2 movie from an all...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

'Shrek: Hassle at the Castle' is a game based on the Oscar award winning movie Shrek. In the game you...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Shrek: Reekin' Havoc is a 2D beat'em up game set in the Shrek universe. The action takes place after the...

Shrek SuperSlam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Game Boy Advance (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

Shrek SuperSlam is an intense brawling game that challenges the wacky characters from the Shrek universe to beat each other...

Shrek the Third Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In the Game Boy Advance version of Shrek the Third, you must complete levels playing as a combination of Shrek,...

Shrek the Third Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Shrek the Third for Nintendo DS is the only game based on the movie of the same name that does...

Shroomz: The Quest for Puppy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Browser (2004)

Shroomz is a Mr. Driller clone made for the casual market. The gameplay remains the same as in the original:...

Sideway: New York Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

A young graffiti artist called Nox has lost his girlfriend. While out looking for her he is sucked into the...

DOS (1997)

Sila's Quest is a simple platform game, without configuration options (there isn't a main menu). Taking the role of a...

Windows (1998)

Silencer is an easy to learn action/strategy multiplayer side-scrolling platform game that emphasizes team play. Players control hackers on Mars...

Silent Assault NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A deadly alien force has taken control of all of the Earth's military forces. For some reason, the alien power...

Silent Conversation Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Silent Conversation tells classic stories, poems and haiku in an interactive way, inspired by Walter Savage Landor's motto What is...

The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man NES Front Cover

NES (1992) and Game Gear (1993)

Bart Simpson is reading the latest comic about the Radioactive Man but his favourite superhero is not featured in it....

The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Bart Simpson has to stay up late and write a paper for class tomorrow. For once, he is determined to...

Game Boy (1994)

The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk is a retelling of the English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk with Simpsons...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a platform game where the player goes into the role of Bart Simpson (from...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World NES Front Cover

Amiga (1993), NES (1991), Atari ST (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This game is actually a compilation of smaller games belonging to different genres. Krusty the clown appears in the beginning...

The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Bart Simpson goes to a video game store and buys a new ultra-violent Grand Theft Scratchy game, which is promptly...

The Simpsons Game Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

When Bart finds a mysterious game manual, he realizes that he and his family have become the main characters of...

The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

The Simpsons: Night of the Living Tree House of Horror was released in 2001 as the last in a long...

The Simpsons DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Arcade (1991)

Waylon Smithers has just stolen a diamond from Springfield Jewelers for Mr. Burns. While trying to make a getaway, he...

Sir Dashing Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

Sir Dashing follows the side-scrolling adventure of the eponymous hero, a handsome cartoon of a Mallory-esque knight, in his quest...

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