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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Commodore 64 (1984)

You are being haunted by Bogymen and the only way to keep them at bay is to keep the lights...

Commodore 64 (1989)

You are Boris the Big Ball of Bollardia and you are attempting to escape from the Planet Phweeesh by bouncing...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Len the Programmer and in this flick-screen platformer you must collect all the royalties owed to you by...

SAM Coupé (1992)

Boing! is a platformer similar to the Dizzy series. The player takes control of Boing, a green blob whose time...

Boing! Docomodake Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Boing! Docomodake is platformer starring Docomodake, the mascot of the Japanese mobile phone provider NTT DoCoMo. The background story is...

Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Django has been stripped of his valuable weapon of choice and now must rid the world of evil with more...

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Following in his father's footsteps, you play Django the vampire hunter, who uses the power of the sun to defeat...

Amiga (1998)

Bolo Mrówkojad is a side-scrolling platform game. The task of the player is to lead an anteater to the end...

Bolt Wii Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Bolt is based on the animated movie of the same name. It stars the dog Bolt, who plays a dog...

Bomber Bob In Pentagon Capers ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Arcade game, "inspired" by the arcade game of a similar name, popular at the time. Jump your caped superhero Bomber...

Bomberman 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Bomberman 64 is a 3D action platformer. In the game's one-player Adventure mode, marauders have set their sights on Bomberman's...

Bomberman Hero Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998) and Wii (2011)

This is another game in the Bomberman series. Now you have to prevent the demolishing of Planet Bomber by evil...

Bomberman Jetters GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Bomberman is back in his second game for the Nintendo Gamecube. Jetters features a single-player campaign and the fan-favorite multiplayer...

Bomberman Online Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Multiplayer is up to ten players online similar to Atomic Bomberman for PC with traditional four-player game on one system....

Bomb Fusion Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Terrorists have planted bombs all over the Sellerscale Nuclear Processing Plant and will destroy the Northern Hemisphere if they aren't...

Bomb Jack II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Having saved the world in the first game, Bomb Jack is out to collect as much gold as possible, which...

Commodore 64 (1986)

In Bombo, you must jump about the screen using the joystick or keyboard, gathering all the tokens. If you are...

Windows (2008)

Bonesaw is a game loosely based on the Clarkson University hockey team, The Golden Knights, but it plays like an...

Bongo Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Bongo is a single screen platform game much in a similar vein as Popeye. You control Bongo the rat as...

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

Bonk's Big Adventure is the third instalment in the side-scrolling platformer series. As in previous games, the player assumes the...

Bonka Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Like Cuthbert Goes Digging, Bonka is a clone of Space Panic. With a constantly falling oxygen supply, you must climb...

Bonkheads iPad Front Cover

Windows (1998), Macintosh (1997), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Bonkheads is a 2D platform action game similar to Mario Bros. where you control either of two trolls: Grag or...

Bonk's Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1993), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2013)

Bonk's Adventure is a prehistoric platform game where you are in control of a large bald headed caveman, guiding him...

Bonk's Revenge TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

Bonk has his revenge on King Drool III in his second game for the TurboGrafx. It's not exactly clear why...

Bonk's Revenge Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Although this shares the same name as the second Bonk game for the TurboGrafx-16, this is actually a brand new...

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