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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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Battletoads in Ragnarok's World Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The Dark Queen has returned, this time kidnapping your best friend and the best looking girl in the galaxy. It's...

Battle Unit Zeoth Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Battle Unit Zeoth is a 2D futuristic side-scrolling shooter. Humanity is in danger - a race of alien robots known...

Bazooka Bill Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Bazooka Bill is on a mission to rescue General MacArthur who has been kidnapped by a nasty revolutionary faction, and...

Amiga (1995)

In Bazza 'n' Runt, the player takes the role of Bazza in search for Old Man Misty who is said...

Beacon Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Beacon is a short exploration platformer written for the Ludum Dare 48 competition on the theme of discovery, where it...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Andromedan Armed Condors are a rare goggled breed of bird due to the fact that they breed and lay...

TRS-80 CoCo (1986) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Roy Coates, who converted the classic platformers Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy to the Dragon, went on to form...

Bear Bovver ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Bear Bovver stars Ted the Bear, proud owner of a new Sinclair electric truck, but not of a set of...

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...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Ben 10: Protector of Earth is a side-scrolling platformer/brawler based on the animated TV series Ben 10. Ben is a...

Arcade (1984)

Ben Bero Beh is a single screen platform game where you play the role of a superhero and you have...

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...

Game Gear (1991)

The Berlinwall is the Game Gear version of the arcade game The Berlinwall. While the gameplay mechanics are identical, there...

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...

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