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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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Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Gruntilda has returned to create more havoc for Banjo and Kazooie. In their first handheld adventure, the two must again...

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

After ten years in retirement, Banjo the bear and his breegull pal, Kazooie, have stacked on the weight due to...

Banjo-Tooie Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2009)

After two years under the rock, Gruntilda is finally set free from her death bed by her two sisters. As...

Barbarian DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In this game you play the role of a barbarian who must navigate his way through dangerous dungeons. The game...

Windows (2013)

Barbarians and The Necromancer's Tower is a freeware 2D platformer, in the form of a Castlevania clone. Player takes the...

DOS (1992) and NES (1991)

Barbie has a big day tomorrow, so she needs to get a good nights rest. She has strange dreams about...

Barbie Explorer  PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2001)

Barbie Explorer is a game much in the style of the Tomb Raider series. Barbie is a reporter doing a...

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)

The character Baron Baldric is quite known among Apogee fans for his appearance in Mystic Towers, but the Baron had...

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...

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