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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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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...

Atari ST (1997)

Billy boy is a scrolling platform game written in STOS.You find yourself in various enchanted places and to finish each...

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and GameCube (2003)

A boy and his friends playing in the forest get transported to a magical land. Separated from his friends, Billy...

Billy la Banlieue Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are rockaBilly in the suburbs of Paris, where the streets are full of harlots, musicians, thugs, policemen, yogis, and...

Billy the Kid Returns! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

It's 1875. Your name is William Bonney. You're 15 years old. And you're in jail. But not for long!Billy the...

Bio Challenge Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The game is set in the future where human existence is threatened. The gene code has become weaker in every...

Browser (2010)

A terrible disaster struck a biological laboratory. Now it's swarmed with deadly mutants, filled with poisonous acid and it gradually...

Arcade (1995)

Biomechanical Toy is an arcade platform shooter with gameplay similar to Metal Slug. You play the hero Inguz who has...

Bio Menace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The CIA has learned that gigantic mutants are wreaking havoc in Metro City and their sources say that the destruction...

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Wii Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2008) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In this game, you control a little baby! The baby crawls through imaginary worlds, made of candy, chocolate, toys, and...

Bionic Commando Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This game tells the adventures of a solder named Rad Spencer, who has a bionic arm that allows him to...

Bionic Commando NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

At some point during the 1980's the world has become a stage of battle between the Federation and the Empire....

Bionic Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1987)

In Bionic Commando the player takes control of a soldier with a bionic arm that extends and contracts. The bionic...

Bionic Commando: Elite Forces Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

The Avar empire is an imminent threat to our homeland of Karinia. As a member of the Bionic Corps' Elite...

Bionic Commando Rearmed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Bionic Commando Rearmed is a remake of original Bionic Commando for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The visuals are updated to...

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is a side-scrolling, action-puzzle platformer in which the player takes control of Nathan "Rad" Spencer, the...

Browser (2004)

In this officially untitled 2D platformer sponsored by Colgate, you control three of the Toa Metru in a quest to...

Bionicle: Matoran Adventures Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The island of Mata Nui holds a dangerous path of evil. In order to defeat it, you must control two...

NES (1987)

The year is 2081. The Earth has become a devastated planet, overrun by monsters, controlled by a mysterious entity known...

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