Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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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...

Speedy Gonzales Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Speedy Gonzales is a platform game in which the player controls the Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales.The player can run...

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure is a side-scrolling platformer based on the Looney Tunes cartoons. Sylvester the cat has kidnapped all...

SNES (1994)

In a small Mexican village, all the mice were enjoying a fiesta until Los Gatos Bandidos, a group of cats,...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The apprentices Sortice and his twin Ceroapp are ready to become certified sorcerers - but just now some nasties had...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Spellbound Dizzy is a continuation of the adventures of the egg and his friends, this time containing over 100 screens...

SEGA Master System (1988)

Kujakuƍ is based on the comic by the same name, published in Young Jump in the late eighties and drawn...

Spelunker NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1985)

In this game, you are a spelunker who climbs deep down mountain caves in search for treasure. The levels consist...

Arcade (1986)

The arcade sequel to Spelunker, entirely different from the console game also titled Spelunker II. This one closely retains the...

NES (1987)

The beautiful Fairy Land has been ruled by the evil demon Geyla for a thousand years. You are a nameless...

Spelunky Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2011)

Spelunky is a platform game about an explorer who discovers a cave in the desert and ventures inside to loot...

Spelunky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This is a remake of the original Spelunky. Besides the updated graphics (which grant the often used title Spelunky HD),...

Spewer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

You are a test subject codenamed "Spewer", born in a lab for the sake of study. Your real purpose is...

Spherical Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Solomon's Key is a clear conceptual influence for this action puzzler. Our hero must guide a ball through a level...

Spider PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

During a break-in at a lab, a scientist accidentally has his mind transfered into a cybernetic spider. He must move...

Spiderbot PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1988)

You're a robotic insect, leading a normally happy life in your robotic jungle, when some of your robotic cousins decide...

Spider-Man Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1990)

One of the biggest criminal masterminds of the city, Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, has pulled off the ultimate plot....

Spider-Man Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Trouble's ahead for Peter Parker in Spider-Man's first appearance on the Game Boy Color: an explosion at Dr. Curt Conners'...

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