DescriptionPlatform 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.
In this quirky little puzzler, the player must guide ten newly hatched chicks to their home. The gameplay is in...
Commodore 64 (1984)
China Miner is a single screen platform game where you play Wally who is the only person to know the...
This is a platform game similar in style to Bubble Bobble and particularly to Parasol Stars. There are two playable...
Based on the famous animation series by Disney.In the game the player controls Chip helped by Dale (automatically controlled by...
The Adventure of Little Ralph is a 2D platformer. In this game the player controls Ralph, who has been turned...
Apple II (1983)
Chivalry is a medieval-themed computer board game where players must rescue the King from the dreaded Black Knight.The game is...
The Choro Q video game is based on Takara's Choro Q cars (also known as Penny Racers). In each level...
Christmas Conquest 1 is a 2D platformer, made as a prototype for a Christmas game-making competition. The gameplay is similar...
Christmas Conquest 2 is a 2D platform game with gameplay similar to the Mega Man games. Just like in the...
Christmas Country is a 2D platform game for the CD-i with a Christmas setting. The game is aimed at younger...
Christmas Crisis is a 2D plaftorm game with a Christmas theme. The player plays as Santa Claus and has to...
Santa needs to get to the tree and light the Christmas lights. Help him get Christmas ready.Christmas Tale is a...
Help the small goblins to rescue Santa Claus who has been poisoned by a malefic substance. Not he wants to...
Xbox 360 (2009)
Mango's monsters are causing chaos throughout the land. The only one who can stop these cute, yet pointy creatures is...
PS Vita (2012)
Chronovolt is a 3D puzzle-platformer marble game in which the player has to guide his Chrono Sphere through the twists,...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 95 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- 95 Super Mario 64
- 94 Super Mario World
- 94 Super Mario All-Stars
- 94 Rayman Legends
- 94 Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- 93 Super Metroid
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.31 Adventure Island (2005)
- 4.11 The Adventures of MicroMan (1999)
- 3.38 Aero the Acro-Bat (2002)
- 5.00 (Almost) Total Mayhem (2011)
- 5.00 And You Will Be Fit For More Than Ashes (2009)
- 5.00 Ardy Lightfoot (1993)
- 4.53 Arthur's Pet Chase (2003)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.