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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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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...

Spanky's Quest Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Spanky, a cute little monkey, is locked in a tower filled with equally cute baddies. He must get to the...

Spare Parts Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Spare Parts is a local and online co-op platform game telling the story of heroes Mar-T and Chip, a pair...

Spare Phoenix Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Spare Phoenix is an endless vertically-oriented platform jumper similar to Doodle Jump. The player controls a phoenix that jumps up...

Sparkster Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Sparkster is the sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures and is completely different from the contemporary SNES title Sparkster. It takes...

Sparkster SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Sparkster is a 2D side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous hero who previously appeared in Rocket Knight Adventures. It is very...

Spate Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Spate is a 2.5D steampunk platformer. The protagonist Timothy Bluth is a private eye tasked to track down Scott Denton,...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Based on the popular Todd McFarlane comic book, Spawn sends the titular hero through four stages of combat. He must...

Spawn: The Eternal PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Spawn: The Eternal is based on Todd McFarlane's Spawn comics. The game switches back and forth between two styles of...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You have been sent into Moscow to help another agent, Felix 'The Cleaner' Hoover who has infiltrated the KGB Headquarters...

Spectre Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

When 73-year-old Joseph Wheeler stares up into the snowfall on a quiet winter's night, he tries to recall the memories...

Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

This game is a take on the anime cartoon series Speed Racer. You play as Speed, an aspiring race car...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are a Motorcycle speedway racer with 2 other racers. Speedway racing takes place on a flat oval track consisting...

Windows (2001)

Speedy Blupi is a platform game made by a european company named Epsitec. In this game you control Blupi, a...

Speedy Eggbert Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Speedy Eggbert is a parallax side-scrolling action game where the title character and hero has a phenomenal vertical leap. Eggbert...

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