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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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Game Boy (1991)

Once again a peaceful kingdom, this time named Moberry, was assaulted by an evil entity. The player, taking control over...

Tails Adventure Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Before Tails met Sonic the Hedgehog he lived on Cocoa Island, a place that isn't on the map. It's an...

Tails' Skypatrol Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

Tails' Skypatrol is the first solo adventure of the Sonic sidekick Tails in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and it...

Taito Legends: Power-Up PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Empire Interactive's Taito Legends series of compilations moved onto handheld in Europe and the US with Taito Legends Power-Up. It...

Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Apprentice shaman Tak has been having strange dreams after his first adventure. In his sleep he fights the Dream Guardian...

NES (1994)

The tranquility of the Master Higgins's (or Takahashi as his real name is) island is once again disturbed. This time,...

Tak and the Power of Juju Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Like the console version of this game, Tak and the Power of Juju features the evil shaman Tlaloc, who was...

Take a Break! Crosswords Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1992) and Macintosh (1993)

Take a Break! Crosswords is a collection of puzzles licensed from Dell. Volume I represents the 375 crossword puzzles from...

DOS (1994)

Another game about crates! Building blocks of sorts, they both obstruct the player's path in initial level layouts and yet...

Windows (2009)

Takishawa is Dead is a difficult platformer presented in a 3D world. The player controls a character who hunts a...

Tak: The Great Juju Challenge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Like the console versions, Tak: The Great Juju Challenge features Tak and Lok as contestants in the great Juju Challenge,...

Tales from Heaven Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (2000)

Tales from Heaven is a 3D varied-viewpoint platformer resembling things like Mario 64 and Pandemonium, with over 2000 polygons on...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

After the first night with a new wife, Sultan Saladin has them killed and with a powerful army to protect...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

The Associated Nexus of Galaxies (TANG) has been invaded by monsters that are going after the energy crystals. The only...

Tarkus and the Crystal of Fear Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Tarkus and the Crystal of Fear is a platform game. The protagonist of the game is a druid named Tarkus....

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

You play Tarzan, who the witch doctor has turned into a monkey. To change back to his human form, you...

Tasha's Donkey Kat Bros. Chronicles Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The glamourous life of Double Fine employee and cat fancier Tasha Harris has been entertaining its fans through her webcomic...

Tax Avoiders Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are John Q and you want to be rich.In this game, you start out on the income screen where...

Taz Express Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Taz the Tasmanian Devil is a well-known Warner Bros. character which this game expands on. This 3D platform game sees...

Taz in Escape from Mars Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1996)

You play as Taz, the famous cartoon-character. Taz is captured by Marvin the Martian and transfered to his intergalactic Zoo!...

Taz-Mania SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1992)

One evening, Taz's father is telling an intriguing tale. Somewhere on Tazmania is a Lost Valley, and in that valley...

Taz-Mania Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Crazy Looney Tunes' character Taz has just escaped from the Acme Zoo and is now trying to find a place...

Taz-Mania Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The relatively minor Looney Tunes character The Tasmanian Devil experienced a revival in the 1990s with the TV series Taz-Mania,...

Taz-Mania Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

One of several games based on the 1990s cartoon series Taz-Mania (in turn based on the Looney Tunes character), the...

Game Boy (1997)

Taz Mania 2 is the second Game Boy game based on the animated TV show. The player takes the role...

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