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Platform

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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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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...

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...

Bird Strike iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

In Bird Strike the player indirectly controls a bird in order to get the highest score in the different levels....

NES (1986)

In Bird Week you control a mother bird, and your goal is to find food for your baby birds. The...

Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1994)

The game is based on the popular manga/animé series of the same name. The heroine of the series is a...

Game Gear (1995)

The game is based on the animé series of the same name. The heroine of the series is Tsukino Usagi,...

Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jōgai Rantō!? Shuyaku Sōdatsusen SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The game is based on the animé series Sailor Moon. The heroine of the series is Tsukino Usagi, a 14-year-old...

SNES (1996)

The game is based on the manga/animé series Sailor Moon. It tells the story of Pretty Sailor Fighters, teenage girls...

The Bitmap Brothers Compilation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

This is a CD-ROM compilation of five Bitmap Brothers games and one expansion: Cadaver and Cadaver: The Payoff Gods Magic...

Bit of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Bit of War is a NES-style demake of the God of War series transforming the franchise into an 8-bit 2D...

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is the sequel to Bit.Trip Runner. The game's look and feel is very...

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Good Friends Character Pack! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Good Friends Character Pack! is an add-on for Bit.Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. It adds seven new...

Bit.Trip Runner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011) and Wii (2010)

Bit. Trip Runner is the fifth entry in the Bit. Trip series. This time, the player controls Commander Video directly...

BJ the Return: QL Caverns 2 Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

BJ the Return: QL Caverns 2 is the sequel to QL Cavern. It is an arcade game that picks up...

Black and White Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Black and White is a puzzle game where the player controls two cats, one black and one white, simultaneously. Generally...

Commodore 64 (1988)

In this game game one to twenty human players can challenge the computer in the famous card game Blackjack. Setting...

Black Lamp Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Black Lamp is a platform game in which you have to find and collect several colored lamps and bring them...

Black Magic Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In Black Magic your job is to move a little wizard using the joystick and collect up the diamonds in...

Blackthorne DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2013), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994), SEGA 32X (1995), Macintosh (1996) and PC-98 (1996)

The planet Tuul was a peaceful place, until the evil warrior Sarlac used the power of the Darkstone to take...

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