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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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ZX81 (1985)

Bouncing Bert is a platformer played from a traditional side view perspective although with unusually large sprites. Therefore only a...

Windows (1998)

In this platform game, you must get from the upper left to the door in the bottom left while avoiding...

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 5200 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! is the sequel to Miner 2049er and features similar gameplay. As Bounty Bob, your goal is...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Bounzy represents a duel between a human (player) and reptiles (computer) set in the multi-staged spiral building shown in plane....

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

You control the character of a boxer. Your task is to run around a gymnasium (not a boxing ring) competing...

Bozo's Night Out Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, you have to try to get Bozo home safely with as many pints as he can drink....

Braid Windows Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Braid is a puzzle game disguised as a 2D platformer. The player controls Tim during his search for a princess...

Bram Stoker's Dracula Game Boy Front Cover

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

Bram Stroker's Dracula is a side-scroller platform game loosely based on the 1992 film of the same name. Players take...

Brataccas Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986) and Macintosh (1986)

Brataccas is a game that combines exploration, puzzle-solving and combat. You play a character named Kyne, a man who has...

Brat'ja Piloty: Zagadka atlanticheskoj sel'di Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Brat'ja Piloty: Zagadka atlanticheskoj sel'di is the seventh entry in the Pilot Brothers series of games based on the popular...

Brave Dwarves 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Brave Dwarves 2 is an action platform game. The player has to find all keys in every level and defeat...

Brave Dwarves: Back for Treasures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2006)

For centuries the Dwarves have guarded the underground passages and fortresses beneath the world. But now a monstrous horde led...

Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Brave is a young native American boy who lives in the forest. As he wants to become a warrior, the...

The Breach Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

As soon as the Hermes, a prototype dimension-crossing starship arrived at its destination's orbit, the mining colony of G-54, it...

Breakout! The Great Computer Adventure MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

This game came with the Toshiba HX-10 MSX computer package. Players take on the role of the Toshiba's blueprint man...

Brian Bloodaxe Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Brian Bloodaxe is a viking who has been stuck in an ice block for hundreds of years. After the ice...

Brian the Lion Starring In: Rumble in the Jungle Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

In this game, you play Brian, the lion that closely resembles the Paddle Pop mascot. You must carry out the...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Another Break-out clone. The game has eight different levels with varied difficulties. On each level you have to destroy brick...

Windows 3.x (1995)

Another Breakout clone. Objective of the game is to knock the ball with your paddle into the wall to clear...

Brickman! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In Brickman! (inspired by games like Miner 2049er), you play the part of a painter who has been given the...

Windows (1999) and PC-98 (1995)

Gady is a black magician and a skillful martial artist who travels around with his personal fairy Leena. Gady is...

Commodore 64 (1988)

In the game you should challenge computer in the Italian card game Briscola. It is a trick-taking card game for...

Philips VG 5000 (1984)

In Bris De Glace, players control a construction worker whose job is to add windows to two separate buildings. Each...

Bristles Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 5200 (2004), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Arcade (1984)

The object of this game is to paint all the rooms of a building without losing your paint brushes (lives)...

Windows (2012) and Browser (2012)

BROFORCE! Brototype is a side scrolling jump and run game with destructible terrain. It uses 16-bit style graphics and is...

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