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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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SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is different from its counterpart for Windows or the consoles. Like in the other versions...

SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

SpongeBob wants to give his friend Patrick Star autographs from their Favourite Superheros, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. But first,...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

On a heroic, comedic quest through more than 20 levels of platform, driving and sliding action, SpongeBob and Patrick leave...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2006)

SpongeBob's favourite superheroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, are in some serious trouble! After a bungled attempt by the Dirty Bubble to...

Spooked ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

As an experienced ghoul-chaser, you think you can handle anything when you get a call to explore a haunted mansion....

Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

King Michael has promised the hand of marriage to Princess Clare to anyone who can save her from Spooky Castle....

Game Boy (1993)

In Spot: The Cool Adventure the player takes on the role of Spot, the 7UP mascot. The player is tasked...

Springer Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

You are Springer the rabbit. You must jump from cloud to cloud, collecting everything you can, to reach the sun.You...

DOS (1997)

Spryjinx is a platform game in which two players compete to get the highest score by jumping on platforms. Platforms...

Windows (2006)

"Spud's Quest" is an adventure platformer, a fan-made Dizzy clone. Spud looks quite similar to Dizzy (Dizzy is a walking...

Dragon 32/64 (1987)

As you can deduce from the name, this is a blatant copy of First Star's classic Spy vs. Spy. You,...

Spy Kids Learning Adventures: Mission: The Candy Conspiracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Candy Conspiracy is one of a series of four Spy Kids Learning Adventures. In this episode, the Spy Kids,...

Spy Master Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

The game "Spy Master" is a side-scrolling platform shooter. The player directs the character of Charles Cat, CIA Special Agent...

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Like the original Spyro the Dragon, this is a platform-adventure game. Whilst using a portal to travel to the coast,...

Spyro 2: Season of Flame Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Gameboy Advance sequel to Spyro: Season of Ice sees Spyro the dragon once again journeying through multiple worlds, this...

Spyro: A Hero's Tail PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Spyro: A Hero's Tail is a 3D platformer in which the player controls a purple dragon named Spyro, as well...

Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

One of the Professor's inventions has inadvertently torn a large hole in the fabric of space/time, creating a portal between...

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Spyro the dragon is back yet again with his trusted dragonfly Sparx. After the end of the last game, Spyro...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Ripto and Dr. Cortex have combined their forces to take over the world once and for all. Right in the...

Spyro: Season of Ice Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Spyro the dragon returns for his first adventure on the Game Boy Advance. This time, Grendor has turned all of...

Spyro the Dragon PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

The evil Gnasty Gnorc has turned all the dragons in the Dragon Lands into crystal. He has also stolen the...

Spyro: Year of the Dragon PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The third in the Playstation Spyro the Dragon series sees Spyro having to recover a clutch of Dragon eggs from...

DOS (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Another installment of Spy's Adventures is set in Europe this time. And as other games in the series, it is...

Spy's Demise Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Sneak your way through the Soviet Embassy in Pyongyang via elevators, avoiding Soviet security on different floors to piece together...

Spy vs Spy NES Front Cover

Amiga (1989), NES (1986), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987), PC-88 (1986), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987) and Sharp X1 (1986)

MAD magazine’s comic strip of the same name comes to life in this game which was designed for one or...

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