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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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Super Turrican SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S....

NES (1993)

Like other entries in the series, Super Turrican for the NES is a side-scrolling platformer in which players explore large...

Super Turrican 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is back, and once again the USS Freedom Forces have to prevent the evil Machine from harming innocent...

Linux (2003), Windows (2003), Symbian (2009) and Macintosh (2003)

SuperTux is classical sidescrolling platformer in 2D, starring Tux, the Linux mascot, as main character. Tux has to rescue the...

SNES (1992)

Once upon a time, there was a prince named Gallagher. He was entrusted with a magical ring that granted him...

SNES (1991) and Wii (2009)

Super Wagan Land is the third entry in Namco's Wagan Land series. The game takes advantage of the Super Famicom's...

SNES (1993)

Planet Earth is in danger from assorted villains who want to destroy the environment for their own nefarious purposes! Far...

Game Gear (1993)

Surf Ninjas was created as a tie-on for the 1993 New Line Cinema movie of the same name and is...

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Survivor is a platform game in which you take the uncomfortable role of the "bad one". This time, you will...

Suske en Wiske: De Tijdtemmers Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002)

In De Tijdtemmers, the famous Belgian comic book heroes Suske & Wiske (Bob & Bobette) are on a quest to...

The Suspense II Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

The Suspense II is the sequel to The Suspense and just like the first game it is a puzzle platformer...

The Suspense Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

The Suspense is a puzzle platformer where a character needs to be guided through seven levels. He can only move...

Sutte Hakkun SNES Front Cover

SNES (1999) and Wii (2011)

Sutte Hakkun is a puzzle action game in the shape of a platformer. The playing character is an abundant-beaked bird...

Windows (2012)

Suwako-chan's Patcheris is a Touhou Project fan game featuring a miniature magical version of Suwako Moriya, a goddess of the...

Swamp Thing Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and NES (1992)

Swamp Thing is based on the DC Comics of the same name. Deep in the swamps of Louisiana, a Dr....

Swap Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990) and PC-98 (1993)

In this puzzle board game you should swap the tiles to make the sequence of tiles of the same color...

The Swapper Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

The Swapper is a puzzle-platform game with a side-scrolling perspective. In the game the player has control over "The Swapper",...

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

S.W.A.T Kats is a game based on the short lived cartoon series S.W.A.T Kats: Radical Squadron. The series would only...

Windows (2006)

Świat Kangurka Kao (The World of Kao the Kangaroo) is a compilation of three games: Kao the Kangaroo Kao the...

Świat Olkiego Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Świat Olkiego is a platform game. The hero of the game is in an unknown way transported to another world...

Amiga (1993)

Swibble Dibble follows a standard platform puzzle format, putting you in control of an aged wizard. He must guide a...

Switchball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Switchball is a 3D strategy game where the player controls a marble through hazardous courses with different kinds of puzzles,...

Switchblade Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BlackBerry (2013)

The Fireblade, sacred symbol of the ancient Switchblade clan, has been smashed into 16 pieces by the evil Havoc -...

Switchblade II Atari ST Front Cover

Lynx (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

As Hiro, you must once again defeat the ninja lord Havok. Using ninja throwing stars and other weapons, you must...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Kalok and you fought so hard and so brave but in the end the evil warlock, Xorphas finally...

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