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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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The adventure of Tipi DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The adventure of Tipi is a Korean-made side-scrolling platformer with cartoon-like characters and animations, similar to games like Elfland, Realms...

Adventurer Pets Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

There once was a notorious gambler named Johnny Five Aces, who hid a treasure somewhere. There is a map to...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the award-winning TV series, The Adventures of Batman and Robin pits the player against the diabolical Mr. Freeze...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Konami's game based on the 90s animated series starring the Caped Crusader sends him against his most famous enemies in...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

The game is based on the famous 1990s animated series of the same name. The player takes control solely of...

The Adventures of Captain Becky Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adventures of Captain Becky is a puzzle platform game starring the titular female pirate captain. The goal of each stage...

The Adventures of Captain Comic NES Front Cover

DOS (1988) and NES (1989)

You are Captain Comic, galactic hero. Your mission is to recover three treasures from the planet Omsoc, which have been...

DOS (1994)

The Adventures Of Dianalee In The Lost temple Of The Aztecs is a shareware, single player, two dimensional, platform game.The...

SNES (1993)

Franky and his girlfriend Bitsy are planning a vacation to New York. There's just one problem: Bitsy doesn't have a...

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies is a Game Boy Advance game based on...

The Adventures of Little Miss Scatterbrain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Adventures of Little Miss Scatterbrain is one in a series of Mr. Men and Little Miss games for young...

The Adventures of Lomax Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

Cute, green-haired yet halfwitted creatures Lemmings this time appear in a platform game. As the only survivor Lemming that managed...

Windows (1999) and Windows 3.x (1993)

You are MicroMan, stuck inside a computer. You must run, jump, and shoot your way out. Along the way are...

The Adventures of Mighty Max Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

The Adventures of Mighty Max is based on the TV cartoon Mighty Max which in turn is based on a...

The Adventures of Mr. Pratt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Mr. Pratt woke one morning to find that his £200,000,000 mansion was overrun with creepy-crawlies. Well, he's not taking this...

The Adventures of Mr. Tickle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Adventures of Mr. Tickle is one in a series of Mr. Men and Little Miss games for young children....

The Adventures of One Button Bob Browser Front Cover Ninjadoodle.com release

Browser (2010)

Bob, like Smith and Jones before him, is an archaeologist treasure-hunter, exploring retro-pixelated dangerous ruins filled with traps and nasty...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The Adventures of Quik and Silva is a platform game where you control a pair of small droids. You have...

The Adventures of Rad Gravity NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In this game you are Rad Gravity, a futuristic heroic spaceman. A mad scientist disrupts the peaceful universe and it...

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is the video game adaptation of the 60's cartoon series staring Bullwinkle, a moose,...

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

It turns out that Bullwinkle is the lost Earl of Moosechester and an inheritance is awaiting him in England. Now,...

Game Boy (1992)

The Game Boy version of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle shares the story with the SNES/Genesis title by the...

The Adventures of Shuggy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Shuggy is a vampire who has just inherited a castle from his uncle. The only problem is that it is...

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun Windows Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and SNES (1996)

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is based on the Belgian comic book of the same name. The...

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is a game based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic...

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