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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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 -...

Windows (2003)

In this platform game a little green ball (called "Blob") has to destroy all stones. They can be destroyed by...

The Bod Squad Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992)

Bod the Alien's children have been kidnapped and taken to three different time periods on Earth. Egyptian pyramid, medieval castle...

MSX (1984)

Boggy '84 is one of those games of which countless numbers were made in the early eighties during the homecomputer...

The Bogus Guru Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2000)

The Bogus Guru is a collection of four mini-games designed by the Foltz brothers. The games are laid out across...

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 (2007)

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...

Windows (2006)

Bollen is a platform game in which the player controls a ball. In every stage the player must guide the...

Amiga (1998)

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

Bolt Xbox 360 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...

Nintendo DS (2008)

The DS version of Bolt is different from the main console and PC version. It is also a 3D action...

Amiga (1988)

Bomb Busters is a variant of the arcade game Bomb Jack. It's a single screen platform game where the player...

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...

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