DescriptionPlatform 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.
Atari 2600 (1983)
Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...
BBC Micro (1984)
No relation to the more well-known arcade adventure, Sorcery for the BBC is an arcade platformer in the same vein...
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Soul of Dracula is a 2D platformer in the Metroidvania style and inspired by the Castlevania series with Dracula as...
SoulTrap is a 3D platform game that takes place inside the mind of the main character of the game: Malcolm...
Apple II (1987)
The object of the game is to capture or kill Lord Futz. In order to do this, you must conquer...
South Park: Cartman's Authoritah is an unlicensed side-scrolling 2D platform game where the player plays as Cartman, a character from...
Commodore 64 (1989)
As a recruit of the space academy, you must complete numerous tasks, most of which test your dexterity and occasionally...
Borf has kidnapped Dexter's girlfriend Kimberly and is threatening to turn earth's population into babies using his "Infanto Ray". Naturally,...
Space Bastards: Sudden Justice is a push-block puzzle game.With your one (or, optionally two) Robosaur(s) you must wade your way...
Atari ST (1989)
Space Blob is a 15 level platform game in which the player has to help Blob collect crystals and try...
Space Chase Part One: City Under Siege is the first episode of the shareware side-scrolling platform game, Space Chase, which...
Nintendo DS (2008)
Space Chimps is a game based on an animated-movie of the same name. A wayward space probe has been sucked...
Game Boy Color (1999)
Space Station Silicon Valley is a based on the Nintendo 64 game of the same name. It keeps story, gameplay...
Commodore 64 (1984)
Piloting a Space Taxi, you must pick up passengers from "pads" and carry them to whatever other pads they wish...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
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- 95 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario Bros.
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman Legends
- 93 Super Metroid
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Top games by as rated by our users:
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- 3.60 Aero the Acro-Bat 2 (2010)
- 4.36 Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun! (2006)
- 3.67 Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (2009)
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