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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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Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Winter is nearly here and Spiky Harold the hedgehog has only 24 hours to eat as much as he can...

Spinmaster Wii Front Cover

Neo Geo (1993), Wii (2010), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1993)

An evil doctor has kidnapped John and Tom's friend, Mary, and has stolen their treasure map. Rescuing Mary and getting...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In October 1983 author John Worsley hid 40 diamond talismans and one larger 'The Great Wight Eye' all over the...

Spirits Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Spirits is a real-time puzzle game in the tradition of Lemmings. In 46 levels a number of independently moving spirits...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

In Spirits and Spells the player takes the role of the two kids Alicia and Greg which visit a spooky...

Spirits & Spells PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

In Spirits and Spells the player takes the role of the two kids Alicia and Greg who visit a spooky...

Spirou DOS Front Cover

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

Spirou is a platform side-scroller based on popular Franco-Belgian comic strip Spirou et Fantasio. The story begins in New York...

Spirou: The Robot Invasion Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Spirou: The Robot Invasion is a 2D side'scrolling platform game based on the Franco-Belgian comic Spirou et Fantasio.Fantasio bought a...

Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Wanpaku Graffiti is the first Splatterhouse game to appear on a home console. It is not clear how it fits...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Splitz is a single screen platformer where the aim is to build the next level by collecting tokens. The screen...

'Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

You are 'Splosion Man, the latest psychotic nuclear experiment from the irresponsible eggheads at Big Science. Having escaped his vault,...

Splot iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Splot, an one-eyed alien and his adversaries, the Hungry Blob Kings crash-land their spaceships on a planet inhabited by baby...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is based on the immensely popular Nickelodeon cartoon series. In this game, players control...

SpongeBob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Wii Front Cover

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

It’s the dead of night in Bikini Bottom and the sleeping SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton seem to be having nightmares....

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

It's night time at Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob and his friends are asleep, dreaming. SpongeBob dreams about getting his driver's...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is different from its counterpart for Windows or the consoles. Like in the other versions...

SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

SpongeBob wants to give his friend Patrick Star autographs from their Favourite Superheros, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. But first,...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

On a heroic, comedic quest through more than 20 levels of platform, driving and sliding action, SpongeBob and Patrick leave...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2006)

SpongeBob's favourite superheroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, are in some serious trouble! After a bungled attempt by the Dirty Bubble to...

Spooked ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

As an experienced ghoul-chaser, you think you can handle anything when you get a call to explore a haunted mansion....

Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

King Michael has promised the hand of marriage to Princess Clare to anyone who can save her from Spooky Castle....

Sportsfriends Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Sportsfriends is a collection of four local multiplayer games not available separately. They are BaraBariBall, Hokra, Johan Sebastian Joust and...

Game Boy (1993)

In Spot: The Cool Adventure the player takes on the role of Spot, the 7UP mascot. The player is tasked...

Springer Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

You are Springer the rabbit. You must jump from cloud to cloud, collecting everything you can, to reach the sun.You...

DOS (1997)

Spryjinx is a platform game in which two players compete to get the highest score by jumping on platforms. Platforms...

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