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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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Batman Returns Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

From Sega 8-bit specialists Aspect comes one of many adaptations of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero sequel Batman Returns. Like other...

Batman Returns SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

Batman Returns on the SEGA CD is an enhanced version of the Genesis adaptation of the movie. It includes the...

Batman Returns Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The Genesis title based on Batman Returns is a platform game in which the Dark Knight must traverse five action-filled...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Unlike Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu on console platforms, the GBA version is a 2D platformer/beat'em up. The player controls...

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

On the anniversary of the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne must face a new evil that is turning Gotham...

Batman: The Animated Series Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Batman: The Animated Series is based on the television show of the same name. You control Batman in another side-scrolling...

Batman: The Brave and The Bold - The Videogame Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Wherever there's crime, there's Batman. And it's a good thing too, because with all the supervillains with their devilish schemes,...

Batman: The Brave and The Bold - The Videogame Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker, has planned yet another insane scheme! He's pulled off a daring heist and rounded up the...

Batman: The Caped Crusader DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Batman: The Caped Crusader is a combination of an arcade and adventure game. The game is played with a side...

Batman: The Movie Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Based on the 1989-Batman movie. The game consists of five different parts, each resembling well known game types. Part one,...

Batman: The Video Game Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

The Genesis version of Batman: The Video Game follows closely the plot from the 1989 movie.The game consists in six...

Batman: Toxic Chill Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Designed for grade-schoolers, you help Batman and Robin save Gotham City from Mr. Freeze who is freezing everything in sight...

Batman: Vengeance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Trouble is brewing in Gotham City: The Joker has another nefarious plan for bringing down Batman. It begins with a...

Batsu & Terī NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Batsu & Terī is a side-scrolling platformer based on the manga of the same name. The player controls either Batsu...

Windows (1998)

Battery Check is a 2D platform game where the player takes the role of a battery guy. The game was...

BattleBlock Theater Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

BattleBlock Theater is a 2D platform game. A group of friends aboard the ship S.S. Friendship become shipwrecked on a...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Battle Bound is a side scrolling beat 'em up where the player takes control of Calumn the Mighty who after...

Battle Lode Runner Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1993) and Wii (2007)

Originally released only in Japan on the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16), Battle Lode Runner is a sequel to Lode Runner and...

Battle Monsters SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Try to gain control of the underworld in Battle Monsters. You must choose from a variety of monsters, and then...

Battletoads Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1994), NES (1991), Game Gear (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Dark Queen has attacked and kidnapped (toadnapped?) your best buddy. To make matters worse, she nabbed the best looking...

Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1994) and NES (1993)

Earth is under fire by Colossus, a battleship the size of a city. Using powerful laser cannons, it has destroyed...

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...

DOS (2002)

This flippant side-scrolling platformer states its "anti-remake" philosophy in no uncertain terms: starring as X-Men's Wolverine, you get to hop,...

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