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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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Stream Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Browser (2011)

Stream is a first-person game set in a monochrome world where the player needs to traverse different areas, using time...

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The player is Ken, the hero of the Street Fighter series. It's been 25 years since he last participated in...

Street Fighter Series DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Street Fighter Series is a collection of the first two Street Fighter games - Street Fighter and Street Fighter II....

Strider Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1994), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2011), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1989)

The year is 2089 AD. In Russia, the evil Grand Master Meio has begun his insane plot to take over...

Strider NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The Striders are a global organization of infiltration specialists who work to combat villainy and keep the world safe. From...

Strider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strider is a modern reinterpretation of Capcom's arcade classic Strider, with some gameplay elements borrowed from the NES version. The...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are a certain man, playing against a girl called Marilyn over 20 rounds of a poker game. In each...

Stryx DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You star as half-robot operative Stryx. Dome City is under attack by KILLER CYBORG ASSASSINS! You navigate Stryx through numerous...

Stuart Little 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Help Stuart solve puzzles and explore action-packed scenes from the popular movie. Activities include mazes, skateboarding, flying, and driving. Approachable...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Stuart Little 3: Big Photo Adventure is a single-player children's game starring the talking mouse, Stuart Little.Stuart has accidentally ruined...

Stuart Little: Big City Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Stuart Little: Big City Adventures is a software title for children.Stuart's adventure starts with him sailing his boat in the...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Stuntman Seymour is a side-scrolling platform game. The protagonist, Seymour, as a stuntman must make his way through four movie...

Suburban Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.If you're a US American, the mention of the name...

Subway Surfers iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2013)

Subway Surfers is a third-person 3D arcade-style game with platforming elements, similar to Temple Run. The player controls a character...

Nintendo DS (2006)

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Tipton Trouble is a 3d action platforming game featuring puzzles based on the...

Summer Camp Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

In Summer Camp, you play Maximus Mouse. The flag of Wottadump has gone missing, 24 hours before the start of...

Summer Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Five events are on offer in this Olympics-style sports game. These can be played individually or as part of a...

Game Boy (1991)

Despite what the title may indicate, Sumo Fighter is not a sports game but a side-scrolling platformer. The player takes...

NES (1995)

This unlicensed title contains three different games, not released separately: Sunday Funday, Fishfall and 4HIM: The Ride.Sunday Funday is an...

Super Adventure Island SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Wii (2011)

You are a caveman named Master Higgins. You have a beautiful girlfriend, and you like spending time sunbathing together on...

Super Adventure Island II Wii Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2011)

Master Higgins finally marries his lovely girlfriend Tina. But out of nowhere, a powerful tropical cyclone destroyed the idyllic mood...

NES (1985)

The object of Super Arabian is to collect all the pots on the screen, while avoiding pests like birds and...

Super Avatar World Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Super Avatar World is a colorful side-scrolling platform game that takes more than a little inspiration from the classic Super...

Super Bonk SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2010)

The fourth game in the regular "Bonk" caveman series, Bonk is back on his first Super Nintendo outing.In this side-scrolling...

SEGA Master System (1992)

The fourth entry in Zemina's series of Super Mario conversions contains, like its predecessor, its own levels. Most of the...

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