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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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SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

Super Boy II has less to do with any version of Super Mario Bros. 2 than it does with its...

SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1991)

The third entry in Zemina's unlicensed conversions of early Super Mario Bros. games differs from its predecessors by having its...

Atari ST (1989)

Super Break-Out is a break-out game in high resolution for one player.The game features 40 different bricks and many power-ups/bonuses...

MSX (1989)

Super Bubble Bobble is a platform game, with each level being a single screen. The enemies must be cleared from...

DOS (1997)

Super Bubble Mania is a shareware Pang clone. As in the original game, up to two players have to clear...

Windows (1995)

In this game based on original Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, you are Bubsy the Bobcat, who...

Super Bunny Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

A simple action game where the player is a rabbit who must cross the screen initially from left to right...

Super Burger Time Zeebo Front Cover

Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1990)

Super BurgerTime (originally released on arcades in 1990) is a sequel to BurgerTime. The players control Peter Pepper Jr. or...

Super Buster Bros. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1990)

Super Pang is an adventure for one or two players that takes the player around the world, aiming to rid...

Super Castlevania IV SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2013)

Super Castlevania IV is, story-wise, a remake of the first game in the series. Set in the year 1691, the...

Super Cauldron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1993)

Cauldron and Cauldron II were successful in the 8-bit days, and this moved the series forward. You play a witch...

Super Chick Sisters Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The esteemed Mario Bros. laid low by a chronic case of Wii-itis, a new set of run-and-jump platformer heroes are...

SNES (1995)

Following the events of Super Chinese World 2, the people of Chinaland are enjoying intergalactic peace. While ninja masters Ryu...

DOS (1994)

Super Cop is a Korean-made platform shooter similar to early Duke Nukem platformers. The player controls a boy who has...

Supercow Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2011), Android (2014) and iPad (2011)

When the evil criminal mastermind Professor Duriarti captures and clones farm animals to do his evil deeds only one cow...

Super Crate Box Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Commodore 64 (2013), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Super Crate Box is a hectic shooter set in a single screen area filled with an endless amount of enemies....

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

What does a brave magician do when the princess gets kidnapped? Well usually nothing since we have brave knights to...

MSX (1983)

You are in control of a man that loves to drink. In this platform game you have to collect the...

Superfrog Windows Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2012), Amiga (1993), Amiga CD32 (1994) and BlackBerry (2013)

Superfrog is a traditional jump & run platformer. You’re – surprise – a frog. Your enemies are all animals –...

Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2013)

4 years after Arthur saved Princess PrinPrin from the evil demon Loki, a wonderful celebration is about to take place!...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Super Gran is a game using the character from the 80s TV Show of the same name. You play as...

Super Granny 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Super Granny 4 continues a successful franchise of casual arcade games series by Sandlot Games. Just like in previous titles...

Super House of Dead Ninjas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Browser (2012)

Super House of Dead Ninjas is a single player, action platform game taking place inside a procedurally generated tower. Play...

Game Boy (1992)

Quasimodo straps on his trusty hump one last time to rescue his paramour, the perpetually-imperiled Esmeralda, this time captured by...

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

New York in the future is a dangerous place with criminals wandering the streets and causing havoc. The Mayor is...

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