User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Space Taxi Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Piloting a Space Taxi, you must pick up passengers from "pads" and carry them to whatever other pads they wish...

Tatung Einstein (1985)

The followup to Time Trap once more features intergalactic adventurer "Zed Zed" on a quest to pick up things —...

Spanky's Quest Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Spanky, a cute little monkey, is locked in a tower filled with equally cute baddies. He must get to the...

Spare Parts Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Spare Parts is a local and online co-op platform game telling the story of heroes Mar-T and Chip, a pair...

Spare Phoenix Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Spare Phoenix is an endless vertically-oriented platform jumper similar to Doodle Jump. The player controls a phoenix that jumps up...

Sparkster Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Sparkster is the sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures and is completely different from the contemporary SNES title Sparkster. It takes...

Sparkster SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Sparkster is a 2D side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous hero who previously appeared in Rocket Knight Adventures. It is very...

Spate Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Spate is a 2.5D steampunk platformer. The protagonist Timothy Bluth is a private eye tasked to track down Scott Denton,...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Based on the popular Todd McFarlane comic book, Spawn sends the titular hero through four stages of combat. He must...

Spawn: The Eternal PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Spawn: The Eternal is based on Todd McFarlane's Spawn comics. The game switches back and forth between two styles of...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You have been sent into Moscow to help another agent, Felix 'The Cleaner' Hoover who has infiltrated the KGB Headquarters...

Spectre Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

When 73-year-old Joseph Wheeler stares up into the snowfall on a quiet winter's night, he tries to recall the memories...

Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

This game is a take on the anime cartoon series Speed Racer. You play as Speed, an aspiring race car...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are a Motorcycle speedway racer with 2 other racers. Speedway racing takes place on a flat oval track consisting...

Windows (2001)

Speedy Blupi is a platform game made by a european company named Epsitec. In this game you control Blupi, a...

Speedy Eggbert Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Speedy Eggbert is a parallax side-scrolling action game where the title character and hero has a phenomenal vertical leap. Eggbert...

Speedy Gonzales Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Speedy Gonzales is a platform game in which the player controls the Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales.The player can run...

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure is a side-scrolling platformer based on the Looney Tunes cartoons. Sylvester the cat has kidnapped all...

SNES (1994)

In a small Mexican village, all the mice were enjoying a fiesta until Los Gatos Bandidos, a group of cats,...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The apprentices Sortice and his twin Ceroapp are ready to become certified sorcerers - but just now some nasties had...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Spellbound Dizzy is a continuation of the adventures of the egg and his friends, this time containing over 100 screens...

Spelunker NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1985)

In this game, you are a spelunker who climbs deep down mountain caves in search for treasure. The levels consist...

Arcade (1986)

The arcade sequel to Spelunker, entirely different from the console game also titled Spelunker II. This one closely retains the...

NES (1987)

The beautiful Fairy Land has been ruled by the evil demon Geyla for a thousand years. You are a nameless...

Spelunky Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2011)

Spelunky is a platform game about an explorer who discovers a cave in the desert and ventures inside to loot...

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