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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 Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1985), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

The Princess has been kidnapped by the evil Bowser, and it is up to Mario and brother Luigi to save...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1988)

This release of Super Mario Bros. 2 is completely different from its original Japanese counterpart, originating in the West and...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

The Princess has been kidnapped by King Koopa (again) and it's up to Mario and Luigi to save her (again)....

Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1990)

Bowser is back, and along with the Bowser kids, he's out to spoil Mario's day once again. This time, along...

Super Mario Bros. Crossover Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

The iconic 8-bit platformer Super Mario Bros. is a frequent well to draw game mash-up inspiration from (exhibit a, exhibit...

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The Mushroom Kingdom has been invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles who possess dark magic. Their king Bowser...

PC-88 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

Super Mario Bros. Special is, on the surface, a port of the original classic. However, while it may look similar,...

Super Mario Bros. X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Super Mario Bros. X is an unlicensed freeware game based on the early Mario console games. The game's included world,...

Windows (2004)

Hankering for some old-school platforming action with no clue as to New Super Mario Bros.' release on the horizon, what's...

Super Mario Galaxy Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Mario takes to the skies and beyond in another outing to save the Princess. As the Mushroom Kingdom prepares to...

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Mario returns to the stars as the everlasting villain Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach once more, this time while she...

Super Mario Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Super Mario Land, the plumber's first outing on the Game Boy, is a side-scrolling platformer much in the vein of...

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Second in the Game Boy's line of Mario games, this one takes the evolutionary steps that Super Mario 3 for...

Super Mario Sunshine GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Mario, Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad have come to Isle Delfino for some relaxation. Upon arrival, however, they discover the...

Super Mario World SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2006), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1991)

Mario is having a vacation in Dinosaur Land when he learns that Princess Peach Toadstool has been kidnapped by the...

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

The events of Yoshi's Island take place in the past. Mario was one of two twin brothers whom the evil...

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Mario and his brother Luigi are back for this second Super Mario Advance title: the first being a remake of...

Browser (1996)

In Super Masao, you play an oddly familiar looking plumber. You get to explore a world filled with dangerous turtles...

Super Meat Boy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and Macintosh (2011)

Meat Boy is a small sentient cube of meat. He loves his girlfriend Bandage Girl, a girl made of bandages,...

Windows (2011)

This ultra edition is a retail release of a game that was previously only available through digital download. It contains:...

Super Meat Boy (Ultra Rare Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This ultra rare edition contains: Super Meat Boy (Ultra Edition) Super Meat Boy T-Shirt

Super Methane Bros Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Linux (2001), Windows (2001), Amiga (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994), iPhone (2009), Acorn 32-bit (2001) and GP2X (2007)

This platform game bares a similarity to Bubble Bobble in many ways. There are 100 single screen levels, featuring variously...

Super Metroid SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2013)

After having defeated Mother Brain, the leader of the Space Pirates who wanted to use alien creatures known as Metroids...

Super Monkey Ball Adventure PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), GameCube (2006) and PSP (2006)

Our four heroes from Super Monkey Ball - Aiai, Meemee, Baby and Gongon - were enjoying a typical day, when...

SNES (1994)

Super Ninja-kun tells another story in Ninja-kun series. Ninja’s girlfriend was kidnapped by a demon and it’s up to the...

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