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 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Boy Advance (2004), Amiga (1990), NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1990), J2ME (2006), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1987)

Every hundred years, the dark vampire known as Dracula resurrects and terrorizes the land. A vampire hunter named Simon Belmont...

Castlevania Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Konami's long-running series of Castlevania games makes its debut on the N64. The traditional 2D graphics have been left behind;...

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), J2ME (2008) and Wii U (2014)

Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's...

Castlevania Chronicles PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

The plot of Castlevania Chronicles is similar to that of the first Castlevania: in the end of the 17th century...

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and J2ME (2009)

Set one year after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the first Castlevania game for the DS has you playing Soma Cruz...

Castlevania: Double Pack Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

This double pack has two of the Castlevania GBA games combined on one cartridge: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Castlevania: Aria...

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002) and Wii U (2014)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to appear on the Game Boy Advance. Juste Belmont and friend...

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

The curse of the Belmont family has struck again in the second Castlevania adventure for the Game Boy. This game...

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse  NES Front Cover

NES (1989), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

Taking place 100 years before the events of Castlevania 1 and Castlevania 2, Dracula the Vampire has risen up to...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is the second game in the Castlevania series. After the vampire killer Simon Belmont destroyed Count...

Castlevania Judgment Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Castlevania Judgement is a first in many: it's the first Castlevania beat'em up. It's also the first time old friends...

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence is the prequel to all Castlevania games previously released, explaining the connection and never-ending war between...

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness is the sequel to the first Castlevania Nintendo 64 adventure. Although at war with the same...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Initially set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate will reveal the story of...

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Set in the early 19th century, this installment of the long running Castlevania series takes a slight departure from the...

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...

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