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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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J2ME (2005)

Help Koda and Kenai, the two bears from the animated Disney film Brother Bear, collect fish to feed the other...

Bruce Lee PC Booter Front Cover

DOS (1987), PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1985), PC-88 (1984), iPad (2011) and FM-7 (1984)

The late martial arts hero features in this platform game, with the aim of reaching a wizard in an underground...

Bruce Lee II Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2013)

This fan-made sequel to Bruce Lee revives the late martial artist and movie star for yet another round of platforming...

Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Bruce Lee plays the role of Hai Feng, a martial arts student out for revenge after the death of his...

Bubba 'N' Stix Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Bubba and his sidekick Stix are an interesting pair, Bubba is a happy-go-lucky animal delivery guy for the local Zoo...

Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Bubble and Squeak starts off similarly to many other platform games. Controlling a bald child, you move through a scrolling...

Bubble Bobble DOS Front Cover

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)

Bubble Bobble is the story of two humans, Bub and Bob who wander into the mysterious cave of monsters and...

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (2004), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Bubble Bobble: One or two players attempt to save their friends in this re-release of the 1987 classic puzzle/action game....

Bubble Bobble Double Shot Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Bubble-blowing dragons Bub and Bob return (now with buddy Bubu in tow) for a more traditional 2D platform romp than...

Bubble Bobble Evolution PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Classic Bubble Bobble gameplay meets the power of the PSP. Trapped in 2 puzzle filled towers by a mysterious kidnapper,...

Bubble Bobble Neo! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Bubble Bobble Neo! is a modern version of the classic 1986 arcade game Bubble Bobble, similar to Bubble Bobble Plus....

Bubble Bobble Old & New Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The two bubble blowing dinosaurs return in this arcade update for Game Boy Advance. Rescue Bub and Bob's girlfriends by...

Bubble Bobble Part 2 NES Front Cover

NES (1993)

Cubby and Rubby, descendants of Bub and Bob from the original Bubble Bobble, must rescue their friend Judy, who has...

Bubble Bobble Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Bubble Bobble Revolution is an update of the classic arcade game, Bubble Bobble. In this DS exclusive version, Bub and...

J2ME (2004)

Luki sleeps peacefully while taking a break from playing with his friends. Suddenly, evil phantoms appear in Luki's world and...

Bubble Dizzy Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Bubble Dizzy eschews the usual arcade adventure format of Dizzy games, instead being a simple action game.You must guide Dizzy...

DOS (1997)

Bubble Pop is a one or two-player platform game featuring fruit, worms, penguins, other assorted animals and fireball throwing monsters...

Bubble Symphony SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1994)

In Bubble Symphony, you play one of four dragons - Bubblun, Bobblun, Kululun, and Cororon. Each dragon has its advantages...

Supervision (1992)

Bubble World is a simple arcade action game similar to Bubble Bobble. The player controls a small creature that can...

Bubsy 3D PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

Bubsy 3D is a polygonal platformer, and one of the earlier games released domestically for the Sony PlayStation. It is...

Bubsy II Genesis Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Bubsy is back! After defeating the evil Woolies in the first game, Bubsy, the brave bob-cat, has to participate in...

Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

In this 15-level action game the player is Bubsy the bobcat, who has to defeat the Woolies the aliens, which...

Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1994)

Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales is the only Bubsy game to appear on the Atari Jaguar. It's a side scrolling...

Bud Redhead: The Time Chase Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

The protagonist Bud Redhead travels through time and space in order to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of Feyatta...

Buffers Evolution WonderSwan Front Cover

WonderSwan (1999)

In a post-apocalyptic future a gambling syndicate seeks to make a quick buck in the gritty remains of earth. By...

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