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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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DOS (1991)

Super Kof is a side-scrolling platform game that puts the player in control of a super monkey on an adventure.The...

Super Lode Runner NES Front Cover Famicom Disk System

NES (1987)

Between 1984 to 1986, Irem released four more different Lode Runner arcade games in Japan after the original arcade games...

Super Mafia Land Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Super Mafia Land is a side-scrolling platformer inspired by Super Mario Bros. 2, but with a mafia theme. At the...

Super Magnetic Neo Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

In Super Magnetic Neo, a gang lead by evil, foul-mouthed baby Pinki has taken over Pao Pao Park. The professor...

Superman NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

In this Jump'n Run, you take on the role of the Man of Steel and must free Metropolis from criminals...

Game Boy (1997)

Superman is a sidescrolling action game starring DC Comics' titular Man of Steel. It features character designs based on Superman:...

Superman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Superman is a single player, action based platformer for the Sega Genesis. As the Man of Steel, you jump, punch...

V.Smile (2006)

Superman: The Greatest Hero is designed to teach 6 to 8-year-old children about maths, vocabulary and science. You take the...

Superman: The Man of Steel Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Superman: The Man of Steel is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player takes on the role of Superman.A...

Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Super Mario 3D Land is a three-dimensional platformer which takes cues from the series' side-scrolling instalments. Mario starts a point...

Super Mario 3D World Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

While having a walk in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Toad and Peach, and Luigi happen on one of the many...

Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1996) and Wii (2006)

Mario is invited to Peach's castle, but when he arrives Peach is nowhere to be seen. He soon learns from...

Super Mario 64 DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Mario, Luigi, and Wario have all gone to the Mushroom Palace for some of Princess Peach's famous home made cake....

Super Mario All-Stars SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Super Mario All-Stars is a collection of previously released Super Mario NES platform games. Each title is presented with its...

Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition is a special release of...

Super Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1985), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

The Princess has been kidnapped by the evil Bowser, and it is up to Mario and brother Luigi to save...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1988)

This release of Super Mario Bros. 2 is completely different from its original Japanese counterpart, originating in the West and...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

The Princess has been kidnapped by King Koopa (again) and it's up to Mario and Luigi to save her (again)....

Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1990)

Bowser is back, and along with the Bowser kids, he's out to spoil Mario's day once again. This time, along...

Super Mario Bros. Crossover Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

The iconic 8-bit platformer Super Mario Bros. is a frequent well to draw game mash-up inspiration from (exhibit a, exhibit...

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The Mushroom Kingdom has been invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles who possess dark magic. Their king Bowser...

PC-88 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

Super Mario Bros. Special is, on the surface, a port of the original classic. However, while it may look similar,...

Super Mario Bros. X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Super Mario Bros. X is an unlicensed freeware game based on the early Mario console games. The game's included world,...

Windows (2004)

Hankering for some old-school platforming action with no clue as to New Super Mario Bros.' release on the horizon, what's...

Super Mario Galaxy Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Mario takes to the skies and beyond in another outing to save the Princess. As the Mushroom Kingdom prepares to...

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