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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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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...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Unlike Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu on console platforms, the GBA version is a 2D platformer/beat'em up. The player controls...

Batman: The Animated Series Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Batman: The Animated Series is based on the television show of the same name. You control Batman in another side-scrolling...

Batman: The Brave and The Bold - The Videogame Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker, has planned yet another insane scheme! He's pulled off a daring heist and rounded up the...

Batman: The Brave and The Bold - The Videogame Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Wherever there's crime, there's Batman. And it's a good thing too, because with all the supervillains with their devilish schemes,...

Batman: The Caped Crusader DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Batman: The Caped Crusader is a combination of an arcade and adventure game. The game is played with a side...

Batman: The Movie Amiga Front Cover

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

Based on the 1989-Batman movie. The game consists of five different parts, each resembling well known game types. Part one,...

Batman: The Video Game Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

The Genesis version of Batman: The Video Game follows closely the plot from the 1989 movie.The game consists in six...

Batman: Toxic Chill Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Designed for grade-schoolers, you help Batman and Robin save Gotham City from Mr. Freeze who is freezing everything in sight...

Batman: Vengeance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Trouble is brewing in Gotham City: The Joker has another nefarious plan for bringing down Batman. It begins with a...

Battle Lode Runner Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1993) and Wii (2007)

Originally released only in Japan on the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16), Battle Lode Runner is a sequel to Lode Runner and...

Battle Monsters SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Try to gain control of the underworld in Battle Monsters. You must choose from a variety of monsters, and then...

Battletoads Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1994), NES (1991), Game Gear (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Dark Queen has attacked and kidnapped (toadnapped?) your best buddy. To make matters worse, she nabbed the best looking...

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1994) and NES (1993)

Earth is under fire by Colossus, a battleship the size of a city. Using powerful laser cannons, it has destroyed...

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