DescriptionPlatform 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.
DOS (1988), Game Boy (1991), Game Boy Color (1999), Amiga (1987), NES (1987), Atari ST (1987), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), J2ME (2006), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), FM Towns (1990), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1986)
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Nintendo DS (2007)
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Xbox 360 (2009)
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Game Boy Advance (2002)
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Nintendo DS (2005)
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Game Boy Color (2000)
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Game Boy Advance (2003)
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