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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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...

DOS (1993)

Sets of blocks fall down a shaft and you should rotate them in the right way before they reach the...

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...

The Blues Brothers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1992), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

The Blues Brothers are on the run from the law. Take control of either bulky Jake or nippy Elwood in...

Blue's Journey Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1991)

The planet of Raguy was once beautiful and peaceful, but all hell broke loose when it was invaded by the...

Blue Star VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (2008)

Blue Star is a game for the unexpanded VIC-20 in a similar vein to other open-ended platform games like Metroid,...

BMX Bike Ride & Run Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

BMX Bike Ride & Run is a free-to-play BMX game. The goal is to avoid obstacles on your way to...

B.O.B. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

You are a teenage ant-like robot, who is going out for a date... However, you take your dad's car and...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Bobix lives a quiet and peaceful life as an apprentice magician on the island Texul. After the Queen of the...

Windows (2002)

Help Bob and his team to build a park! Enjoy 10 different activities including: Build a Park with Bob -...

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