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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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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...

The Big 6 Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Big 6 is a collection of six games from the Dizzy series. It containsFantastic Dizzy (in an enhanced AGA...

CD-i (1995)

Big Bang Show combines both arcade action gameplay with a historical quiz in two different game modes.In the arcade game...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Big Ben is a platform game where the screen scrolls in multiple directions when you move your hero, Giz as...

Bigfoot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Footsy the Bigfoot has vowed to rescue his girlfriend, who has been locked inside a cage by a sadistic madman....

Big Nose Freaks Out NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

On a Tuesday afternoon sometime in 17 million BC, Big Nose the caveman was on his way to the Savings...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

You are Big Nose the Caveman and for reasons unknown you have been transported through time and landed in modern...

Amiga (1992), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1993)

Long, long time ago (but not necessarily in a galaxy far, far away), there was a caveman named Big Nose....

Big Top PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

Big Top allows you to take on the role of Wendell, a rookie acrobat who must retrieve the ringmasters hats,...

Windows (2002)

BII-NARY: The War Against Pop-Ups, the sequel to BII-NARY, is a 2D platform game with a visual design similar to...

Biker Mice from Mars Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Help the Biker Mice From Mars, Vinnie, Modo, and Throttle, in their quest to save planet Mars from destruction with...

Bill's Tomato Game Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

Bill's Tomato Game is a puzzle game similar to the ones in the Incredible Machine series. Completely mouse-controlled, the game...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure is based on the movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The game follows...

Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this sequel to Billy la Banlieue the player takes on the role of RockaBilly, who wears black jacket, black...

Billy Blade: Temple of Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In this action game you play the role of Billy Blade who, with his best friend Kong the monkey, is...

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