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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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Super Scribblenauts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Super Scribblenauts is the sequel to Scribblenauts, a puzzle game for the DS consisting of spawning any object from a...

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

In the sequel to Seymour Goes to Hollywood, Seymour takes on his first movie role - as an eco-friendly superhero....

DOS (1991)

A side-scroller similar to Super Mario Bros. and Lode Runner, written by Ken Silverman. You play as Ken (with a...

Atari 7800 (1988)

Super Skateboardin' is a game where a young skateboarder is hired by his dad's company to do what he does...

Super Solvers: Challenge of the Ancient Empires! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

As a Super Solver, your job is to recover the hidden treasures of the ancient world in 4 caverns (Greece...

Superstar Chefs Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003), Macintosh (2005), Browser (2006), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Superstar Chefs is a platform game in which you play as a chef, trying to get back his stolen recipes...

Commodore 64 (1993), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Five game pack featuring superstar Seymour: Sergeant Seymour Robotcop Seymour Goes to Hollywood Stuntman Seymour Super Seymour Saves the Planet...

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995), SNES (1994), Game Gear (1995) and Wii (2009)

You select your character from the movie (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, or Chewbacca) before each level, as each...

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2009)

The sequel to Super Star Wars is, as the name implies, based on Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the...

Super Tofu Boy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Super Tofu Boy is a parody of Super Meat Boy, commissioned by the organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment...

DOS (1995)

Super Trio is a Korean-made platformer. Despite its initially sinister plot involving an evil vampire lord being resurrected in his...

Super Trix DOS Front Cover Disk Sleeve

DOS (1993)

Super Trix is a promotional game of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, in collaboration with Coca-Cola.The player controls Super Trix...

SNES (1994)

Arcade platform game, based on the license of those bright-haired cute naked chaps. Each scrolling level was initially shrouded in...

Super Turrican SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S....

NES (1993)

Like other entries in the series, Super Turrican for the NES is a side-scrolling platformer in which players explore large...

Super Turrican 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is back, and once again the USS Freedom Forces have to prevent the evil Machine from harming innocent...

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

SuperTux is classical sidescrolling platformer in 2D, starring Tux, the Linux mascot, as main character. Tux has to rescue the...

SNES (1992)

Once upon a time, there was a prince named Gallagher. He was entrusted with a magical ring that granted him...

SNES (1993)

Planet Earth is in danger from assorted villains who want to destroy the environment for their own nefarious purposes! Far...

Game Gear (1993)

Surf Ninjas was created as a tie-on for the 1993 New Line Cinema movie of the same name and is...

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Survivor is a platform game in which you take the uncomfortable role of the "bad one". This time, you will...

Suske en Wiske: De Tijdtemmers Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002)

In De Tijdtemmers, the famous Belgian comic book heroes Suske & Wiske (Bob & Bobette) are on a quest to...

The Suspense II Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

The Suspense II is the sequel to The Suspense and just like the first game it is a puzzle platformer...

The Suspense Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

The Suspense is a puzzle platformer where a character needs to be guided through seven levels. He can only move...

Sutte Hakkun SNES Front Cover

SNES (1999) and Wii (2011)

Sutte Hakkun is a puzzle action game in the shape of a platformer. The playing character is an abundant-beaked bird...

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