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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The Blaggers Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014)

The Blaggers is a single-screen platformer. In each level, the protagonist first has to collect all keys so he can...

Blaster Master NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2015)

The game begins with a classic story of a boy and his frog who runs away, becomes radioactive and jumps...

Blaster Master 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Some time has passe since the boy Jason and his tank Sophia defeated the evil Plutonium Boss and his radioactive...

Blaster Master: Enemy Below Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Taking place sometime after the events of the original Blaster Master, Blaster Master: Enemy Below puts you once again behind...

Blaster Master Overdrive Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

S.O.P.H.I.A. returns to save the Earth in this new 2D update in the long-running Blaster Master series. This new installment...

Blasto PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

The evil alien ruler Bosc has conquered the planet Uranus with the ultimate goal of destroying the Earth. His army...

Bleed Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Wryn is a girl with purple hair and a big dream: she wants to be the ultimate videogame heroine. She...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Humans and Animalmen co-exist in the world, living and working together. However, as Animalmen now outnumber humans, an anti-human group...

Blind Panic ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

A planet has been condemned, and you are an engineer dismantling its mining facilities. It turns out that this decision...

Blinkys Scary School Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The first of Blinky the ghost's three outings, the ghost with the most has to progress through a series of...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Blob Factory is a single player, freeware, side scrolling platform game.The eponymous Blob, a blue circle with feet, was relaxing...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Blochead is your basic Q*Bert clone, with the notable difference that the "pyramid" is more of a square formation. As...

Block-Man 1 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Block-Man 1 is a shareware logic puzzle for one player.The story behind the game is that once upon a time...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

BlockOn! is another experimental title from prolific indie developer Cactus, this time made in just 3 hours.This is a platform...

Atari ST (1991)

Blokdrop is a one player Tetris clone. Block falls down from the top in formations of four at a time....

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

After their parents were killed and their village burnt to the ground on the planet Sylonia, Hark and Kren have...

Blood Gear TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Wii (2008)

The Deguna Empire is terrorizing the planets and their inhabitants, using their unbeaten military force consisting of "Powered Gears", giant...

Blood Lines PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Set in the future, competitive sport is outlawed and becomes the pursuit of an underground network of the world's greatest...

Blood of the Werewolf PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Blood of the Werewolf is a game that pays homage to the hardcore platformers from the early days with nods...

BloodRayne: Betrayal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

BloodRayne: Betrayal is the third game in BloodRayne series. In a big departure from the previous parts, the game uses...

Windows (2007)

Taking its cue from a notorious scene courtesy of director Peter Jackson's zombie splatterfest Dead Alive, this game puts the...

Bloons PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2009), BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010), BlackBerry (2010) and Android (2010)

In Bloons, the player assumes the role of a monkey sitting on a platform in the clouds attempting to pop...

Blueberry Garden Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2014)

Blueberry Garden is a game about survival set in a hand-drawn world with a vibrant ecosystem. Players control a bird-like...

Blues Brothers 2000 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

This platformer with a Blues Brothers theme loosely follows the plot of the film. You have to escape the prison...

The Blues Brothers: Jukebox Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Game Boy (1994) and SNES (1993)

Jukebox Adventure is the sequel to The Blues Brothers. Once again, the player has to choose a favourite Blues Brother...

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