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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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Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1990)

ThunderJaws is an action, side-scrolling platformer.In a secret underwater base, the evil Madame Q is determined to control the world....

Windows (2008)

Tibor, a poor young painter, dreams of riches. He's in love with Agness, but her father wants her to marry...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Get ready to put your blue skin-tight tights on. Ninjas need beating-up, bosses need clobbering! This game is not so...

Tigger's Honey Hunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Winnie the Pooh plans a party and therefore he needs honey. His friend Tigger promises to help him and starts...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Tilt is a puzzle platform action, where the goal is to lead the ball through the maze from the entrance...

SNES (1995)

Based off of the Jean Claude Van Damme film Timecop, this game acts as a sequel of sorts. We learned...

Commodore 64 (1988)

There are seven time zones that are troubled by hostile opponents. These time zones are prehistoric, Middle Ages, Wild West,...

Time Lord NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In this game you play the role of a time lord who has to travel through time in order to...

Timeman One Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1984)

Timeman One is an educational game aimed at helping children tell the time.The game screen consists of a clock to...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The game is a strategical puzzle action, where you have to eliminate the playfield filling it with the tiles of...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Captain Crumble travels through time and space.His mission to capture the 'Teazles' mischievous creatures that have escaped the intergalactic zoo....

Windows (1999)

The Times Exclusive Tomb Raider Level is a single standalone level (it doesn't require a Tomb Raider game to play...

Time Slash: Clash of Eras Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Time Slash: Clash of Eras is a 2.5D puzzle platformer with two different characters. Samurai and Ninja are mortal enemies....

Windows (2010)

Time Still is a platformer with puzzle elements where the player controls a small ball. It consists of 24 levels....

NES (1991)

Oh, no! On the way to meet your girlfriend Haruka, our intrepid little hero has gotten ambushed by that nefarious,...

Tingle's Balloon Fight DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Tingle's Balloon Fight DS is a special Nintendo DS version of the NES game, Balloon Fight, only available through the...

TinHead Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

On the edge of the universe, the evil intergalactic goblin Grim Squidge has captured and imprisoned all the stars. He...

Tintin: Destination Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

The popular European comic book character, Tintin, has his first game in 3D. Tintin is at a presentation of Professor...

Tintin in Tibet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), Game Boy (1995), Game Boy Color (2001), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1996)

A platform game starring Tintin. Tintin in Tibet follows on the heel of Infogrames Asterix & Obelix, with the same...

Tintin: Le Temple du Soleil Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy (1996) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Tintin: Le Temple du Soleil is the handheld version of The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. While the...

Tintin on the Moon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Hergé's famous cartoon character is brought to life in this multi-stage action game, specifically based around the episode of the...

Windows (2003) and Amiga (1996)

The House of Fun is no fun anymore. An evil clown used a magic spell to bring the house into...

Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers is a puzzle action game that stars Tiny, an inventor who had his Grandpa's underpants...

Tiny Barbarian DX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2014)

Tiny Barbarian DX is a four-part episodic action game inspired by Conan the Barbarian and the Sword & Sorcery genre...

Windows (2008) and Browser (2010)

For every extreme sports superstar Tony Hawk, there is a minor-league counterpart, toiling away in obscurity striving toward much subtler...

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