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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SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.25: Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The "Treasure Box" is a collection of Treasure's best games developed for SEGA back in the 16-bit days emulated for...

SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.29: Monster World Complete Collection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Monster World Complete Collection is a collection of games from the Wonder Boy series. It contains all the games in...

SEGA Smashpack Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Three classic Sega Genesis titles on your Game Boy Advance. Ecco the Dolphin, Sonic Spinball, and Golden Axe. Three of...

Arcade (1993)

That evil, rotund Dr. Robotnik is at it again! This time, he's constructed a new island base called Eggman Island...

Segata Sanshirō Shinkenyugi SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

Segata Sanshirō Shinkenyugi is a game starring popular Segata Sanshiro, a fictional character created by Sega to advertise the Sega...

Windows (2010)

Seid is a platform game made in Game Maker, where the player controls a character named Seid who is tasked...

Windows (2011)

Seid 2 is a platform game where the player controls a character named Seid, who must stop a gang of...

Seikima II: Akuma no Gyakushū NES Front Cover

NES (1986) and MSX (1987)

Players take control of Demon Kogure, a member of the real life Japanese heavy metal band Seikima-II. He is on...

Windows (2003)

Seiklus is an exploration/adventure game, exploration being the key element. Your goal is to find your lost girlfriend while collecting...

PC-98 (1993)

Sei Senshi Mokkoriman opens the line of Mokkoriman games. Mokkoriman is a super-hero. Perhaps a little unusual one. You see,...

Genesis (1994)

Counting Cafe is an educational game based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. The player controls Grover, working as...

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has about 30 pictures featuring Latin...

Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

This computer coloring book is another part in the Electric Crayon series and it has 30 pictures featuring 1-10 numbers....

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Get Set To Learn features five fun and challenging educational activities for children 3 and 6. Each activity is presented...

Sesame Street: Letter-Go-Round DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

The Sesame Street Muppets invite a child player for a spin on the Letter-Go-Round!. By catching and matching letters on...

Browser (2009)

Seven is an experimental platformer game set on a planet where where time is put forward using star force. However,...

The Seven Gates of Jambala Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Seven Gates of Jambala is a Jump & Run game. Business with people to come continues, really tough mystery...

Windows (2008)

Seven Minutes is a 2D platformer with an unusual premise. The player starts in a room and encounters a glowing...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Sextett is a collection of six games with five released games and one unreleased game:The released games are: Karate King...

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Seymour goes to Hollywood to star in his first motion picture. As he arrives in his limousine, he soon discovers...

Shadow Blasters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Humans on Earth have lost their righteous ways. After seeing that this has happened, the Gods have decided to abandon...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Shadow Dancer is a one-player game in which you control Shinobi. With the help of your dog, you must kill...

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990) and Wii (2010)

A.D. 1997, New York CityHaving vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja...

Shadow Knights DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Budō: The Art of Ninja Combat! is a side-scrolling, ninja-themed action game. The protagonist has been trained for twenty years...

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