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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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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...

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

This is a compilation of the first three Spy vs. Spy games for the Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64...

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (2007), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and MSX (1984)

Climb up the side of a series of 48-story buildings to collect suitcases full of money, while avoiding creepy monsters...

Commodore PET/CBM (2013), Odyssey 2 (2012), ZX81 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2012)

CBM/PET and Videopac/Odyssey2 version:Young Wizzy has practiced a spell, and as a result the elevators in his neighborhood are out...

DOS (1994)

"In a world contaminated by the radiation of a nuclear power plant accident, you are a "Stalker." Much of the...

Stargate SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1995)

Based on the movie of the same name, a mystical circular portal called a "Stargate" has been uncovered. In attempting...

Star Guard Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Star Guard is a 2D platformer brought back to the basic elements of the genre: jumping and shooting, with a...

Star Paws Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The Tasty Space Griffin, a rare, bird-like creature, is considered a delicacy and has acquired great value. On the moon...

Starquake Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1987) and iPad (2011)

As BLOB, the Bio-Logically Operated Being, you are sent into an unstable planet and charged with the task of preventing...

Starseed Pilgrim Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Startseed Pilgrim is a puzzle platformer where the player control a gardener in a world with an 8-bit visual design....

Starshot: Space Circus Fever Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

The space circus is heavily in debt, and it's up to Starshot to get the circus going, before the entire...

NES (1987)

Released only in Japan, this Famicom version of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope features a black-haired version of...

Star Wars: Droids Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Star Wars: Droids is based on the Star Wars Saturday morning animated series that ran from 1985-1986. The series followed...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Ten years have passed since the Battle for Naboo, but nothing has changed. Turmoil continues to surround the Galactic Republic,...

ExEn (2005)

This game is based on the movie Star Wars: Episode III.You will successively control Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu and Yoda...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Path of the Jedi Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

A Star Wars action casual game based on the Clone Wars series. As Jedi Padawan Ahsoka you are sent on...

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back NES Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and NES (1992)

Based on the movie, so the storyline is basically the same. You play as Luke Skywalker, and using your blaster,...

Star Wars: The New Droid Army Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Join Anakin Skywalker as he sets out after Count Dooku, who is close to creating the strongest Droid Army ever...

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