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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 (2007)

Bear Go Home is a short, side-scrolling action game, in which the player influences the movements of a cartoony bear...

Beauty and the Beast Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Horrible Hank has kidnapped your girlfriend! He's got her at the top of a tall building, and it is your...

Beavers Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Beavers Supergroup and their megastar leader Jethro have reached number one in the Charts and are a big hit...

Atari 5200 (2004), Atari 7800 (2007) and Atari 8-bit (2005)

This game is an attempt to bring a better version of the coin-op game BurgerTime to the Atari 8-bit computer...

Beer Belly Burt's Brew Biz Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

Zombies have taken over Burt's Beer Factory, and it is up to Burt himself to wipe them out. The factory...

Beetlejuice Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Beetlejuice's pal Lydia's been kidnapped! From the kitchen, to the attic, to the Neitherworld itself, help the Ghost With the...

Amstrad CPC (1986) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

This is a fairly close copy of Ocean/Century's arcade platformer, Hunchback. Your goal is to traverse each screen filled with...

Below the Root PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

Below the Root is based on Zilpha Keatley Snyder's fantasy book series "The Green-Sky Trilogy". Following the events in those...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Ben 10: Alien Force is based on the Cartoon Network television series of the same name. Its now five years...

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and Wii (2010)

The Rise of Hex is a side-scrolling 2D platformer with 3D models where the player controls Ben Tennyson in his...

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

When Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and their cousin Fred head out to explore an scary house, a thunderstorm forces them...

The Berenstain Bears' Camping Adventure Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993) and Game Gear (1993)

A bear family - Father Bear, Mother Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear - decide to go camping to the...

Bermuda Syndrome Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Jack Thompson is a pilot of an American B-17 bomber during World War II. His plane is shot down by...

Windows (2005)

Bert the Barbarian is a platform game where the player controls the title character. Armed with a sword, Bert must...

Atari ST (1991)

Bert the Squirt is a platform game written in STOS. The aim of the game is to collect all the...

Bertyx Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Bertyx is an arcade game. In 3090, remains of a lost civilization under the ice surface of the planet Bertyx...

ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Sagar, the biggest fortress ever known to man, had become a challenge for most of the mercenaries. Many had already...

Windows (2006)

Vince is having a bad day. He and his fiancee Anna were sent to Limbo after being hit by a...

Beverly Hills Cop Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BBC Micro (1990)

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used...

Beyond Shadowgate TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

This is a sequel to the adventure game Shadowgate. You control Prince Eric, the descendant of the hero of the...

Beyond the Ice Palace Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

This platform romp has similarities to Ghosts 'N Goblins, sending you on a journey to defeat the forces of evil....

Bible Adventures DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Genesis (1995) and NES (1991)

Bible Adventures contains three different side scrolling platform games, each with a different bible theme. The first game is Noah's...

NES (1993)

This is a Bible trivia/action game in which you spin a spinner and move the number of spaces it says....

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Biff isn't a nice chimp as he keeps being rude to his Mother, but his Mother has had enough and...

DOS (1997)

B.I.G. is a action-adventure platformer with gameplay similar to Flashback. A group of fanatics called Apocalypse attacked a convoy carrying...

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