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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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Summer Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Five events are on offer in this Olympics-style sports game. These can be played individually or as part of a...

Game Boy (1991)

Despite what the title may indicate, Sumo Fighter is not a sports game but a side-scrolling platformer. The player takes...

NES (1995)

This unlicensed title contains three different games, not released separately: Sunday Funday, Fishfall and 4HIM: The Ride.Sunday Funday is an...

Super Adventure Island SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Wii (2011)

You are a caveman named Master Higgins. You have a beautiful girlfriend, and you like spending time sunbathing together on...

Super Adventure Island II Wii Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2011)

Master Higgins finally marries his lovely girlfriend Tina. But out of nowhere, a powerful tropical cyclone destroyed the idyllic mood...

NES (1985) and Arcade (1983)

An action platformer styled as an Arabian Nights-flavored "storybook", which follows the trials of a brave Arabian prince as he...

Super Avatar World Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Super Avatar World is a colorful side-scrolling platform game that takes more than a little inspiration from the classic Super...

Super Bespario Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

Super Bespario is a short clone of Super Mario Bros. made for the Belgian TV program De ideale wereld ('The...

Super Bonk SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2010)

The fourth game in the regular "Bonk" caveman series, Bonk is back on his first Super Nintendo outing.In this side-scrolling...

SEGA Master System (1992)

The fourth entry in Zemina's series of Super Mario conversions contains, like its predecessor, its own levels. Most of the...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

Super Boy I is a Korean-made unlicensed conversion of Super Mario Bros.. It imports the sprites of Mario and all...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

Super Boy II has less to do with any version of Super Mario Bros. 2 than it does with its...

SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1991)

The third entry in Zemina's unlicensed conversions of early Super Mario Bros. games differs from its predecessors by having its...

Atari ST (1989)

Super Break-Out is a break-out game in high resolution for one player.The game features 40 different bricks and many power-ups/bonuses...

MSX (1989)

Super Bubble Bobble is a platform game, with each level being a single screen. The enemies must be cleared from...

DOS (1997)

Super Bubble Mania is a shareware Pang clone. As in the original game, up to two players have to clear...

Windows (1995)

In this game based on original Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, you are Bubsy the Bobcat, who...

Super Bunny Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

A simple action game where the player is a rabbit who must cross the screen initially from left to right...

Super Burger Time Zeebo Front Cover

Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1990)

Super BurgerTime (originally released on arcades in 1990) is a sequel to BurgerTime. The players control Peter Pepper Jr. or...

Super Buster Bros. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1990)

Super Bust Bros. is an adventure for one or two players that takes the player around the world, aiming to...

Super Castlevania IV SNES Front Cover

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

Super Castlevania IV is, story-wise, a remake of the first game in the series. Set in the year 1691, the...

Super Cauldron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1993)

Cauldron and Cauldron II were successful in the 8-bit days, and this moved the series forward. You play a witch...

Super Chick Sisters Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The esteemed Mario Bros. laid low by a chronic case of Wii-itis, a new set of run-and-jump platformer heroes are...

SNES (1995)

Following the events of Super Chinese World 2, the people of Chinaland are enjoying intergalactic peace. While ninja masters Ryu...

DOS (1994)

Super Cop is a Korean-made platform shooter similar to early Duke Nukem platformers. The player controls a boy who has...

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