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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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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 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1987), iPad (2011) and Tatung Einstein (1987)

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...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Static Shock is an action platformer for the Game Boy Advance, based on the animated series of the same name.The...

Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Stealth Bastard is a stealth based platform game. The objective for each of the game's 28 levels is simple: get...

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark (Ultimate Edition) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2014)

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark (Ultimate Edition) is a PS4 port of Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the...

SteamGear Mash SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

SteamGear Mash is an isometric platformer. It has the (almost) classic case of "kidnap and rescue", except now you play...

Steg the Slug Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Steg the slug has to feed his family of "T'yungunz". To do this he must blow bubbles to catch the...

Macintosh (1996)

Step On It! is a Macintosh-exclusive puzzle platformer, ever-so-slightly similar to the famous Lode Runner series. There are many differences,...

MSX (1983)

Step Up is a platform game in which you control an alien that has to reach his space ship at...

Steve no Daibōken: Chinmoku no Jishaku Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Steve no Daibōken: Chinmoku no Jishaku ("Steve's Adventure: Silent Magnet") is a physics-based platform action game based around the concept...

Windows (2001)

Based on the site StickDeath.com, battle it out against other StickMen. Advance in levels and unlock new fields and characters....

Stick it to The Man! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Something strange happened to the protagonist Ray Doewood: an alien moved into his brain! The direct effect is that Ray...

Windows (2002)

Stickman is a simplistic platform game where the player in each level must locate the exit to the next level....

Windows (2002)

You play a pencil-drawn Stick Soldier and kill off any and all other (re-spawning) soldiers in the area before they...

CD-i (1994)

Stickybear: Math is an educational title for children ages 6 and up based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. In the...

Stir Crazy featuring BoBo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Thomson TO (1988)

BoBo is a cartoon style arcade game. The main character is Bobo, an inmate who has been sentenced for seventeen...

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