Platformer Video Games

Platformer Video Games

About Platformer Video Games

A platform game (or platformer) is a video game which requires an avatar to jump to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles (jumping puzzles). The player must control these jumps to avoid the avatar falling from platforms or missing necessary jumps. The most common unifying element to games in this video game genre is a jump button; other jump mechanics include swinging from extendable arms, as in Ristar or Bionic Commando, or bouncing from springboards or trampolines, as in Alpha Waves. These mechanics, even in the context of other genres, are commonly called platforming, a verbification of platform. Games where jumping is automated completely, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fall outside of the genre. Platform games originated in the early 1980s, and 3D successors were popularized in the mid-1990s.

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