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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Cowboyana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Cowboyana tells the tales of Billy Blue and Rufus Red as cowboys in the Wild West. They spend their days...

ZX Spectrum (2012)

Crapbert Buttslut in the muthafuckin' damn stone-circle of the devil is an arcade platform game. The goal of the player...

Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio, two evil doctors determined to take over the world, create two devices to...

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

After the last battle with Crash Bandicoot, Cortex is thrown down to Crash' island. In a cave he finds a...

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

After returning the world to normal size in Crash Bandicoot: The Big Adventure, Crash must return to action to save...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Ripto and Dr. Cortex have combined their forces to take over the world once and for all. Right in the...

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Crash Bandicoot makes his first appearance on the Game Boy Advance, in this, his 5th adventure against arch nemesis, Dr....

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001), Xbox (2002), GameCube (2002) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is the first Crash Bandicoot game for a system other than the original PlayStation....

Crash Bandicoot: Warped PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

The third title in Sony's popular Crash Bandicoot series, Crash Bandicoot 3 is the first to feature Coco as a...

Crash Commando PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Crash Commando is a 2D side-scrolling multiplayer shooter pitting two commando factions (blue and red), the Grunts and the Jarheads,...

Crash: Mind over Mutant Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Crash: Mind over Mutant continues the storyline of its predecessor, Crash of the Titans. The Titans from the previous game...

Crash of the Titans PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

This version is different from its DS and GBA versions. The story has Crash's arch-nemeses, Neo and Nina Cortex, creating...

Crash Presents December 1989 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1989)

This compilation from the December 1989 edition of the Spectrum magazine Crash! came in a larger case than they usually...

Crash Twinsanity PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Two purple birds called the Evil Twins form a new threat to Crash's homeworld. Crash has to team up with...

Browser (2010)

Crate Crash is a online physics puzzler game, where the player has to clear the screen of different sized boxes...

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1994)

Five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara is the epitome of noisy children: loud and inappropriate, infuriating to his parents, and hilarious to onlookers....

Crazy Chicken: Heart of Tibet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Moorhuhn Indy, the chicken treasure hunter, goes on a journey to the SingSong Monksā€˜ monastery in order to obtain the...

Crazy Chicken: The Good, The Egg & The Ugly Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Once more, Moorhuhn takes a big leap into a new genre. The first Moorhuhn Jump & Run platform game takes...

Crazy Kong Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Crazy Kong is a single screen platform game based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to get...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Inspired by the arcade game Donkey Kong, Crazy Kong is a single screen platform game where you have to get...

Amiga (1992)

Crazy Seasons is an arcade game about two cute penguin scientists who are working on a time machine on their...

Browser (2002)

The player finds themselves controlling a bestial white avatar running and jumping through a medieval 2D dungeon, pursued by faceless...

Creatures Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The inhabitants of the pretty but insignificant planet Blot decided to leave to find a trendier planet, and escape being...

Creatures 2: Torture Trouble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Creatures 2: Torture Trouble continues the events in the original Creatures. Clyde Radcliff, after eliminating the demons and saving his...

CreaVures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

CreaVures is a platformer based on cooperative gameplay and it is set in an eerie forest. The game consists of...

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