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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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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin you control two characters, a vampire hunter named Jonathan Morris and a young witch Charlotte...

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Wii (2008)

Count Dracula, the evil Transylvanian vampire lord, is resurrected in the year 1792, a century after the brave vampire hunter...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Five years ago, Richter Belmont, the latest in the Belmont lineage and the one destined to be a Vampire Hunter,...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The limited edition of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night includes: The game itself The "Illustrations & Comic" -art book The...

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. The remake features 3D graphics, though the...

Catch 'Em Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

Jeff the Zookeeper isn't too good at his job (but then, when was a person with a backwards baseball cap...

Catherine PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Catherine follows the story of Vincent Brooks, who is caught between his girlfriend Katherine McBride, who may be pregnant, and...

Windows (2010)

Cat Pöke is a short game written for the TIGSource "A Game By Its Cover" competition, based on fake carts...

Catrap Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Catrap is a single screen puzzle game with 100 rounds. You and your sister (or girlfriend?) have somehow been turned...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The Game Boy Advance version of the Catwoman movie license is a straightforward isometric action/ platform game. The player has...

Catwoman Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

In Catwoman, the titular Batman villainess is spun off into her own game. Talia tries to hire Catwoman to steal...

Cauldron Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Playing a witch, you must assemble the six ingredients required to kill off your arch-rival, an evil pumpkin. The ingredients...

Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

An evil witch has brought evil and darkness to the enchanted wood, wiping out all but 1 of the innocent...

CaveDays Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Ugo and Dawson are two cavemen friends who live their lives hunting dinosaurs. Dawson thinks that life could be more...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Cave Fighter is a platform game where you have to move from left to right with the screen scrolling when...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Cave Fighter is a flick screen platform game where you have to escape eight levels before a timer runs out....

Commodore 64 (1984)

Once again, you must collect the door pieces to go to the next dungeon, and time is against you. When...

Caveman Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Caveman is a platform game set in the prehistoric times, similar to Prehistorik; as a caveman, we have to find...

Cavemania Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Fed up with having Brontosaurus steaks for dinner, Ug the Caveman has decided to try something new for a change...

Caveman Zac Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Caveman Zac a virus made all dinosaurs homosexual and all males impotent. Just Caveman Zac was spared and has...

Cavernia Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1990)

Cavernia is a platform game, set in a cave. As Teddy Arklethorpe, the player has to complete sixteen levels; finishing...

DOS (1985)

In Caverns of Gink you control Prof. George Jumpalot on a quest to find a sacred statue left by the...

Caverns of Khafka Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Caverns of Khafka is an action game inspired by Indiana Jones movies. The cover features gold, pharaohs and a tan...

Caverns of Khron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Caverns of Khron is a non-scrolling puzzle-action platformer. The player can jump, throw throwing stars, and hit enemies, objects, and...

Atari ST (1992)

Cave Runner II is a platform game clearly inspired by Lode Runner.In 130 levels, the player have to collect all...

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