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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Snowy: Treasure Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Upon his return from his recent adventures in space, Snowy The Bear decides that he's developed quite an interest in...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

After getting through the Puzzle Islands and his little foray into outer space Snowy The Bear returns to his real...

Snowy: Treasure Hunter 3 Windows Front Cover Alawar release

Windows (2007)

Snowy, bored with serving customers at the restaurant he runs with Browny, one day decides that he needs to get...

Soccer Kid DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (2003), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1993), Jaguar (2000), Amiga (1993), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Windows Mobile (2002)

Aliens attempting to steal the World Cup have crashed as they tried to flee, and the Cup has been broken,...

Socket Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Socket is a fast-paced platform game in the vein of Sonic the Hedgehog. The evil overlord Time Dominator has constructed...

MSX (1988) and Sharp X1 (1987)

A girl named Sofia touches a magical crystal and gets teleported to a parallel world, now she has to find...

DOS (1994)

The game is blend of original Soko-Ban and pictures of young naked models, whose parts are shown to you after...

SolaRola J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2007), J2ME (2007) and iPhone (2012)

The player controls Wiz and Waz, 2 blob-like brothers who travel around the universe in their space-rocket always on the...

Windows (2002)

Soldat is a side-view action game with simple controls. Having certain similarities to Worms, the game combines gameplay simplicity with...

Amiga (2013)

Solid Gold is a platform game inspired by the likes of Rick Dangerous with small sprites, unforgiving jumps and enemy...

Windows 3.x (1998)

The game includes only one solitaire game Klondike. There are two types of card faces available - Kamasutra pictures and...

Solomon's Club Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Solomon's Club is a sequel to Solomon's Key, which has similar gameplay combining platform gaming with puzzle elements. There are...

Solomon's Key NES Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), NES (1986), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

Solomon's Key is a platform game with both action and strategy elements. On each level your goal is to retrieve...

NES (1994)

Somari the Adventurer is a Sonic the Hedgehog port for the NES, with a twist. Instead of Sonic, the player...

Game Gear (1995)

Sonic 2 In 1 is a compilation of two Sonic games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball There...

Sonic 3 and Knuckles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Sonic 3 and Knucles is the Genesis version of the game Sonic & Knuckles where it could be combined with...

Sonic Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), N-Gage (2003), Android (2011) and Wii U (2015)

Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived for his first ever adventure on a Nintendo console. Sonic Advance combines elements from the...

Sonic Advance 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Sonic returns for a second outing on the Game Boy Advance.Once again, Sonic is called upon to save the world...

Sonic Advance 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Eggman has broken the world into seven parts, now the player must find the seven Chaos Emeralds to restore the...

Sonic Blast Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1996), SEGA Master System (1997) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Sonic Blast was released for Game Gear in conjunction with Sonic 3D Blast (aka Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island) for Genesis/MD...

Sonic CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and SEGA CD (1993)

Sonic the Hedgehog and his self-proclaimed girlfriend Amy Rose travel to Never Lake, only to discover the legendary Little Planet...

Sonic CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Rather than a straight port or an emulated title, this version of the 1993 Sonic CD game is a completely...

Sonic Classic Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Sonic Classic Collection is a set of four games from the Sonic series on one cart. The games included on...

Sonic Classic Collection (Limited Edition) Nintendo DS Front Cover Cardboard Slip over Tin

Nintendo DS (2010)

This is a special edition of Sonic Classic Collection that also includes the following: Limited Edition tin 5cm Sonic figurine...

Sonic Colors Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Sonic's latest adventure takes him to the most unusual and amazing place ever seen in the Galaxy, 'Dr. Eggman's Interstellar...

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