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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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Sonic Unleashed PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

In this version of Sonic Unleashed Eggman manages to defeat Sonic, using the tremendous power of the Chaos Emeralds to...

J2ME (2009)

During a battle with Sonic (in Super Sonic form), Dr.Eggman uses his new weapon and manages to trap Sonic. He...

Windows (2003)

Eggman's up to no good again, and only Sonic can stop him! Sonic Zone is a parody based on the...

Son of Blagger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

Players control Slippery Sid, who is an espionage agent and son of Blagger. Like the first game, the task is...

SonSon PlayStation 3 Front Cover

NES (1986), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1984)

In this game, you play the role of either Son Son or Ton Ton as you try to rescue your...

Son Son II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

In this platformer, loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Xi You Ji, players take control of Son Goku who...

Sooty & Sweep Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than...

Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...

Sorcery Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1986)

You are one of the last four remaining great sorcerers. When Necromancer kidnaps the other three, it is your task...

BBC Micro (1984)

No relation to the more well-known arcade adventure, Sorcery for the BBC is an arcade platformer in the same vein...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Sorcery+ is an expanded re-release of Sorcery. Besides new graphics and sound, it features an additional scenario which is played...

SOS SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

The date is Tuesday, September 13th, 1921. It's a stormy night, and the luxury ocean liner "Lady Crithania" is about...

S.O.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Sydney the Droid has crash-landed his plane on Alpha Five, and he must search the city for the plane radio...

Soul of a Robot ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

To save planet Nonterraqueous from a malfunctioning evil computer, its people have built a robot to attack the super-computer. Cunningly,...

Soul of Darkness J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), Nintendo DSi (2010) and BlackBerry (2009)

As a child, Kale's family was attacked by vampires leading to the death of both his parents. After this Kale...

Windows (2010)

Soul of Dracula is a 2D platformer in the Metroidvania style and inspired by the Castlevania series with Dracula as...

Windows (1996)

SoulTrap is a 3D platform game that takes place inside the mind of the main character of the game: Malcolm...

Sound Shapes PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Sound Shapes is a 2D platformer where the environments and the challenges are built in harmony with music. The player...

Apple II (1987)

The object of the game is to capture or kill Lord Futz. In order to do this, you must conquer...

Windows (2000)

South Park: Cartman's Authoritah is an unlicensed side-scrolling 2D platform game where the player plays as Cartman, a character from...

South Park: Mega Millionaire Android Front Cover

BREW (2009), J2ME (2009), Windows Mobile (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2010)

Cartman and his friends from South Park takes part in a Japanese game show, Mega Millionaire!, with the chance to...

Commodore 64 (1989)

As a recruit of the space academy, you must complete numerous tasks, most of which test your dexterity and occasionally...

SNES (1993)

Borf has kidnapped Dexter's girlfriend Kimberly and is threatening to turn earth's population into babies using his "Infanto Ray". Naturally,...

Windows (1999)

Space Bastards: Sudden Justice is a push-block puzzle game.With your one (or, optionally two) Robosaur(s) you must wade your way...

Atari ST (1989)

Space Blob is a 15 level platform game in which the player has to help Blob collect crystals and try...

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