Platform Games

A platform game also known as a platformer is an arcade video game in which a player controls a character that moves through the multi-level locations (platforms) of varying difficulty. Examples of the platform games are Rayman, Sonic, or Crash Bandicoot.

This genre of video games was big in the era of 8-bit consoles at the break of the 80s and the 90s. The classic games of this type are characterized by a high level of difficulty because of their origin of arcade machine titles. As the computing power increased the platform games moved from the 2D environments into full 3D.

The mechanics of these games are based on jumping which enables us to move through the levels. We also need to avoid traps and numerous enemies. In order to successfully complete a level one usually, needs to collect a specified number of special items or beat a boss. On our path, we can also find different power-ups which enhance the abilities of our character.

One of the most renowned and recognizable brands in the platform games world is Mario. The games about the adventures of the Italian plumber are a standard example of the game of the genre. Another classic is Donkey Kong which made its debut in 1981 on arcade machines.

Currently, the platformers after many years of absence slowly come back. Many of the new productions have features that are typical of the genre. More and more video platform games are being released, among them AAA productions and little gems from the indie scene. The old hits are also remastered and released again. A good example is the new Rayman which was warmly received by the community of the players. The modern titles include references to their ancestors simultaneously offering more satisfying gameplay adapted to the tastes of the contemporary players.

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy

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The Messenger

The Messenger

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Trials Fusion

Trials Fusion

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Unravel Two

Unravel Two

Unravel Two takes what Yarny did in the first game and it brings us a second, Blue Yarny so we can play with friends. Even if the game is designed as a cooperative, couch coop experience, it can be ...

I Wanna Be The Guy

I Wanna Be The Guy

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Iconoclasts

Iconoclasts

Action platformers are a dime a dozen these days. But the downloadable title Iconoclasts, as the name implies, does things a little bit differently. It doesn’t throw the baby out with the bath water, ...

Gris

Gris

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Unravel

Unravel

Developed by Coldwood Interactive and published by Electronic Arts, Unravel is a downloadable puzzle platforming game that features a yarn-based hero called Yarny who has to use the unraveling bits ...

Spelunky

Spelunky

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