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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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Action 52 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Action 52 features 52 different games in a single cartridge. Some of them are the same as those included with...

Windows (2006)

Action Cyborg is a short (the game was released with only three levels) 2D platform/action game that takes the player...

Action Fist Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Action Fist is a side-scrolling, 2D platform game with a graphical style reminiscent of titles from the late eighties, early...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

The task in Action Force II: International Heroes is to rescue each of the citizens who have been taken hostage...

Action Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 11 action games, all shareware versions. Most of them are known from Apogee and Epic MegaGames: 01.:...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Action Man: Robot Atak is based on the direct-to-DVD animated film of the same name, in turn based on the...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Alex "Action Man" Mann makes a stop over onto the Game Boy Color where once again he must stop the...

J2ME (2004)

ActRaiser is resurrected on the mobile platform. This version only focuses on the action elements of the original game. You...

ActRaiser SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1997)

ActRaiser was one of the early SNES games, drawing upon the success of side-scrolling platform action titles and the building...

ActRaiser 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Players control "The Master," a god-like spirit sent down from the heavens, and fight to eradicate evil from the land....

a daily cup of tea Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

Tea, tea, tea! It may come from the distant Ceylon or from the exotic Taiwan, but sugar is the essence!...

Adax Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Adax is an arcade adventure game where the player becomes a special agent, dispatched by the Earth military to the...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Bearded inventor Sir Clive Sinclair was so respected by users of his computer system that he even starred in this...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1992)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt is a side-scrolling platformer based on the second animated TV series The Addams Family...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt is a side-scrolling platformer based on the second animated TV series The Addams Family...

The Addams Family SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Arcade (1992)

The Addams Family is a platform game based on the characters and settings from the movie (which, in turn, is...

The Addams Family NES Front Cover

NES (1992), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The Addams Family is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The Addams Family is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role of...

The Addams Family Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

The Addams Family is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role...

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret is a 3D action adventure game with 12 levels. Players will take control of Adiboo and...

Adrenaline Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adrenaline is a side scrolling platformer that gives the player control of a stickman who must traverse a colourful world...

Windows (2003), Macintosh (2003) and Browser (2003)

In this classic side-scrolling adventure, you play Oliver the Elf. Santa's sleigh has been raided by some evil penguins and...

Adventure Island NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), MSX (1986), J2ME (2004), DoJa (2005) and Wii (2007)

In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is until the...

Adventure Island 3 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1992)

Your girlfriend is once again kidnapped by aliens, and you have to rescue her, forcing your way through various levels.The...

Adventure Island II Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1991), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

In Adventure Island II the player takes the role of Master Higgins who has to save his cavegirl from aliens...

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