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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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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...

Super Obama World Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Super Obama World is a platform game in the style of Super Mario World. The game is a spoof of...

Amiga (1993)

Thirty levels of boulder-blasting await in this platform shoot ‘em up, which can be thought of as Pang meets Turrican....

Super Panda Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Super Panda Adventures is a game where you play as Fu - a panda warrior who has to rescue the...

DOS (1995)

An arcade game inspired by Lode Runner in which you have to travel around the world eliminating your enemies by...

Super Paper Mario Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

In this action-platformer, Bowser and Peach find themselves at the wedding altar, forced into marriage by the evil Count Bleck....

Super Pipeline II Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

The follow-up to Super Pipeline adds new enemies and 16 levels. The player controlled the (white-suited) foreman in charge of...

Super Pitfall NES Front Cover

NES (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and PC-88 (1986)

Pitfall Harry returns to adventuring in this “Super” sequel to Pitfall! and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. Harry’s mission: to recover...

Super Princess Peach Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

For once, Bowser has changed his tactics. Instead of grabbing the Princess every chance he gets, he's gone straight to...

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