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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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Game Boy (1992)

In Barbie Game Girl, Barbie must gather an outfit in preparation for her date with Ken. She'll have to jump...

Barkanoid II Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

As the title already suggests, Barkanoid II is a clone of the Arkanoid series and the successor of Barkanoid. It...

Barmy Burgers ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Burger Time clearly influenced this manic arcade action game, in which your task is to make burgers, by collecting the...

Genesis (1993)

Barney is a friendly dinosaur who likes playing with children. One day Barney and his little friends decide to play...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Barnyard Blast is a 2D side-scrolling platform game in the "run and gun"-vein. Controls are primarily with the D-pad and...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Baron Baldric is quite known among Apogee fans - but the main character, Baron Baldric, was later reused for an...

Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been sent to the worst summer camp of all time: Camp Deadly. The camp is...

Amiga (1995) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Base Jumpers was the second release by Aaron and Adam Fothergill's Shadow Software outfit for publisher Rasputin and was very...

Basil the Great Mouse Detective Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Based on the 1986 Walt Disney animated movie, the story revolves around a mouse named Basil who lives in the...

BasketBelle Browser Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012) and Browser (2012)

BasketBelle is a 2D puzzle platformer based around basketball mechanics. The player controls a boy who was introduced to basketball...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

In the game you as manager of Basketball team start your career with a budget of $9,000,000. The gameplay includes...

Batman Begins Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Follow the story of the movie through a multitude of highly interactive levels spanning various locations. Control Bruce Wayne as...

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

The Batman Begins mobile game is an old-school standard platformer where the user plays Batman himself, utilizing a variety of...

Batman: Chaos in Gotham Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

The most dangerous villains of the city have broken out of Arkham Asylum and are again wreaking their individual brands...

Batman Forever Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

Batman Forever is the officially licensed game based on the 1995 movie. The bad guys this time around are the...

Batman Forever DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Batman Forever is the officially licensed game based on the 1995 movie. The bad guys this time around are The...

Batman: Justice Unbalanced Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Designed for grade-schoolers, you help Batman and Robin to stop the super-villains Penguin and Two-Face from stealing beautiful jeweled eggs...

Batman: Return of the Joker NES Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and NES (1991)

The Joker lives again in SunSoft's sequel to their NES original. The Joker has somehow managed to escape from Arkham...

Batman: Return of the Joker Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Batman: Return of the Joker for the Game Boy is a platformer in which the Dark Knight must cross four...

Batman Returns Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The Genesis title based on Batman Returns is a platform game in which the Dark Knight must traverse five action-filled...

Batman Returns SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

Batman Returns on the SEGA CD is an enhanced version of the Genesis adaptation of the movie. It includes the...

Batman Returns Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

From Sega 8-bit specialists Aspect comes one of many adaptations of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero sequel Batman Returns. Like other...

Batman Returns SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1992)

From Sega 8-bit specialists Aspect comes one of many adaptations of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero sequel Batman Returns. Like other...

Amiga (1993)

Similar to some versions on consoles, the Amiga adaptation of Batman Returns is a side-scrolling beat'em up with platform elements.To...

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

On the anniversary of the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne must face a new evil that is turning Gotham...

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