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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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Sir Dashing Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

Sir Dashing follows the side-scrolling adventure of the eponymous hero, a handsome cartoon of a Mallory-esque knight, in his quest...

Sir Fred ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Sir Fred is a platform game in which the titular character must infiltrate the great castle of Beni-Gómez in order...

Sir Fred: El Remake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sir Fred: El Remake is a fan-made update to the classic platform-adventure game from Spain. As in the original, the...

Sir Hoppity: Challenge of the Dragon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Sir Hoppity: Challenge of the Dragon is a 2.5D action game based on the ideas and drawings from 8-year old...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

In this Manic Miner variant Sir Lancelot is exploring a castle in the hope of finding treasures. He must navigate...

Sixty Five Million and One BC Windows Front Cover Full version

Windows (2008)

A large meteor crashes through the bridge to the mountains. Not good. A much larger asteroid is headed your way...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This is the companion game for the Swedish SVT Advent Calender for 2008 of the same name. The game is...

Skate or Die: Bad 'N Rad Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Skate Or Die: Bad'N Rad is a Jump'N Run that consists of 7 levels, three of which are viewed from...

Skater Boy Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Skater Boy is a side-scrolling obstacle course with automatic scrolling. The game is divided into several scenes with 30 levels...

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

After his adventures in Superkid, Tom Essex has woke up with his superpowers gone but he still has the determination...

Skeleton Warriors PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

You're Prince Lightstar, with the quest to conquer and slay Baron Dark, who holds the half of a mighty crystal...

Skoczny Jacuś Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Skoczny Jacuś is a is a clone of the old ZX Spectrum game Jumping Jack. One day Skoczny Jacuś decided...

Skool Daze Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Skool Daze sets you as Eric, a typical scamp of a schoolboy whose school report is due, and it is...

Sküljagger: Revolt of the Westicans SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The pirate Sküljagger and his crew hold the island of Westica hostage. Forcing the people who live there to be...

Skull Cracker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Skull Cracker can be considered the spiritual successor to the 1991 title Creepy Castle that Bill Appleton wrote for Reactor...

Skullmonkeys PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Skullmonkeys is the successor title to The Neverhood, which came out only on PC (and, in Japan, as "Klaymen Klaymen"...

DOS (1994)

Skull Quest II: The Vortex is a single player, shareware, DOS dungeon crawl game.The basic story behind this game is...

DOS (1993)

Skull Quest I: The Cyan Sarcophagus is a single player, shareware, dungeon crawl game for DOS.Two hundred years ago the...

DOS (1993)

Another game in the Skunny series. This is the original Skunny, a side-scroller in which you must collect various items...

DOS (1993)

After his trip back to the Ancient Rome in Skunny: Save our Pizzas, Skunny the squirrel just wants to get...

DOS (1993)

In this game Skunny the squirrel must travel back in time to ancient Rome to stop an evil chef from...

DOS (1995)

Skunny has returned once again in another side-scrolling game. The graphics have been somewhat updated over his previous adventures, but...

Skyblazer SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Arianna, a young sorceress, has been kidnapped by Ashura. Sky has pledged his life to rescuing her. Sky must venture...

Amiga (1991)

Sky Cabbie is a Space Taxi variant. The player takes the role of a taxi driver who has to transport...

Slater Man Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Slater Man Is a side-scrolling platform game. The goal of the game is to gather up all the stars precipitated...

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