DescriptionPlatform 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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Xbox 360 (2010)
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This Is The Only Level is a single-screen platformer similar to Achievement Unlocked, in which the player controls an elephant...
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Thomas Was Alone is a puzzle platformer starring different shapes. They need to be brought to an area of the...
Commodore 64 (1984)
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In Thunder Boy the player takes the role of Julian, whose girlfriend Jane was kidnapped by the fire dragon Drago....
Tibor, a poor young painter, dreams of riches. He's in love with Agness, but her father wants her to marry...
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Commodore 64 (1988)
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In this game you play the role of a time lord who has to travel through time in order to...
Amstrad CPC (1984)
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- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
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- 95 Super Mario All-Stars
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 94 Cave Story
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- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.41 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
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