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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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...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Emma, king of the underworld, has gone crazy and brought his domain into chaos. Your mission, as Bonze Kackremboh, is...

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...

BoozeUp Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

BoozeUp is a simple platform puzzle game. Using your keyboard, guide your man to the exit, collecting as many glasses...

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....

Amiga (1992)

The evil and mad Dr. Ragnova currently visits the planet Borobodur in order to construct a machine which has the...

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...

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