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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Commodore 64 (1988)

On a long and dangerous mission to kill the leader of an enemy army called Warbringer, you are the last...

DOS (1992)

In the simulation of another CBS' TV gameshow with 1,000 questions you can play with a friend or challenge a...

MSX (1986)

Jean has been separated from his girlfriend due to the world war going on, and now he must find her...

Comet Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Comet is an obstacle-course platform game much like The Impossible Game or Canabalt. The player controls their Xbox Avatar, which...

Comic Bakery Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and MSX (1984)

A baker tries to bake and deliver bread while fighting raccoons. Pieces of bread are moving along a factory line....

Comic Jumper Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Comic book super hero Captain Smiley and his sidekick Star are down on their luck. The last issue of the...

Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey is a puzzle game that makes use from a peripheral like the Kinect sensor or PlayStation...

Commander Keen Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Commander Keen is a platform action game similar to the earlier installments of the series, though with more colorful and...

DOS (1990)

Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze, an eight-year-old genius, has flied to Mars in his Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket build out of common household...

DOS (1990)

Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes is the second game in the first trilogy of Commander Keen platform games, called...

DOS (1990)

Commander Keen has already foiled the Vorticons' plans to destroy Earth. Now he heads to their home planet in order...

Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle is a platform game, the fourth in the Commander Keen series as a...

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is a platform game, the fifth in the Commander Keen series as a whole,...

Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! is a platform game, the sixth in the Commander Keen series as...

Commander Keen Combo CD Windows Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (2007)

This compilation includes the five original episodes:Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons: Episode 1: Marooned on Mars Episode 2: The...

Commander Keen: "Goodbye, Galaxy!" DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Following the Invasion of the Vorticons, the story arc of Goodbye Galaxy! takes Commander Keen to a planet to rescue...

Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This is the retail version of the original Commander Keen trilogy. You play the role of Billy Blaze, an 8-year...

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1991), Windows (2014) and Android (2013)

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams is a platform game. Its events take place after Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die! but...

The Company of Myself Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

The Company of Myself is a Flash-based puzzle-platformer. Levels consist of attempting to reach a green door by walking, jumping,...

Complica DX ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2015)

Complica DX is a "4 aligned pieces" board game with a twist: Whenever a column is already full, dropping a...

Conan: Hall of Volta Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1985) and FM-7 (1986)

You, Conan the Barbarian, must enter a castle and defeat the evil Volta. You are armed with ten boomerang swords...

CONGO MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

In this Donkey Kong variant, you must move from the bottom of the screen to the top to save your...

Congo's Caper SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Congo and Congette were a pair of monkeys happily living in the jungle. One day a magic ruby fell out...

Conker: Live & Reloaded Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Conker: Live & Reloaded is a combination of frantic online multiplayer action and a single-player mode, which is a remake...

Conker's Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2001)

Conker the Squirrel has had a really bad day. Too much partying, too much booze - and the result is...

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