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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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Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1994) and Wii (2008)

Boogerman is a jump-and-run game where the protagonist flicks boogers and farts at enemies in order to stand a chance...

MSX (1984)

You control a boy walking through a platform maze trying to collect items while being chased by enemies. They can...

Boomer's Adventure in ASMIK World Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989)

Boomer must traverse the 8-story Tower of Zoozoon to defeat the dark lord Zoozoon himself. By digging, trapping enemies, and...

Linux (2008) and Windows (2008)

Boondog is a sidescrolling puzzle game. The gameplay and the feel of the game is quite similar to Prince of...

ZX81 (1985)

Booster is a follow up to Rocket Man. Like that game it is a platformer where the player uses a...

Booster Logic Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Booster Logic is two 2D games in one, created to recapture classic gameplay. Booster is a side-view platformer, and Logic...

Booty Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986) and SAM Coupé (1995)

Like any good pirate ship, the old vessel upon which Booty is set is overloading with treasure and so the...

MSX (1987)

You control a man with short legs. The screen is filled with a board game that has been subdivided into...

DOS (1998)

Boovie is a remake of the 1994 ZX Spectrum game with the same name. It was released in the same...

Boppin' Windows Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2005) and Amiga (1992)

A group of do gooders, set on making the video game galaxy pure of evil, entrap all the villains of...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

A colourful arcade game, Boris the Bold has you guiding the face-with-legs called Boris around a series of platform levels....

Windows (2008)

Boro-Toro is a 3D sidescrolling puzzle game seen from a 2D perspective. The whole game is set in a Victorian...

Boston Bomb Club DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In this humorous puzzle-action game you as one of the members of mad scientists club have to play the game...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Bounced is a arcade platform game in which you play a bouncing ball. In the world of Ditnia all the...

Commodore 64 (1993)

Bounce It is a platformer that requires you to safely guide a basketball to a basket at the end of...

J2ME (2008)

One day in Sky Bean Land, a little ball named Bounce notices that the colors around him seem to be...

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...

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