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Platform games, or platformers, a simple concept of moving your character through a side-view environment, became a hit with Donkey Kong in 1981.

Since then, many cult franchises have originated from platformers. Mega Man is one of the Japanese platformer classics that kickstarted its own franchise. Not only it looked great at that time, but it also offered freedom in choosing the level order.

Other games were more narrative-focused. Jordan Mechner's Prince of Persia became a hit (although not immediately) due to its cinematic animations but also due to its setting. A warrior in the middle east who fights through dungeons to save a princess is a classic story, after all. This genre also includes some iconic arcades such as Bubble Bobble and The New Zealand Story, as well as the Atari legend Pitfall!.

In the '90s, Disney released some fantastic platformers based on its movies, starting from Disney's Aladdin movie and Disney's Hercules. We should also not forget some Amiga legendary titles like Superfrog and Another World.

With 3D graphics and environments, platformers became less popular, but games like Claw and Rayman show that this concept is not only for 16-bit or 8-bit computers.

This section mainly lists "pure" platformers, where shooting is not required, or it's a secondary mechanic. If you like these games, you should also check platform-shooter.

Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind genesis

Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind is a platformer created by Accolade for the SNES and SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis, released in 1993. The game features the adventures of Bubsy, a bobcat with a penchant for yarn balls.

Year: 1993 Genre: Platformer

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Traps 'n' Treasures amiga

Traps 'n' Treasures is a platform action-adventure game developed by Nightingale for the Amiga and published by Starbyte and Krisalis in 1993-94. TNT takes players on an exciting pirate adventure with Captain Jeremy Flynn.

Year: 1993 Genre: Platformer

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Shantae game-boy-color

Shantae is a platformer for the Game Boy Color developed by WayForward and published in 2002 by Capcom. It was later re-released by WayForward itself. The game unfolds in the encha...

Year: 2002 Genre: Platformer

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Larrie and the Robbery of the Ardies amiga

Larrie and the Robbery of the Ardies is an arcade game created by Capital Software for the Amiga. It was published in 1988 by Kingsoft. The game, also known as Larrie & The Ardies,...

Year: 1988 Genre: Arcade

amiga original game clone coin-op conversion crime & punishment platformer

The Goonies commodore-64

The Goonies is the video game adaptation of the famous 1985 film written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. Developed by Datasoft for 8-bit platforms, the game was...

Year: 1985 Genre: Platformer

2 players co-op licensed movies platformer puzzle platformer

Cave Story MD genesis

Cave Story MD is a fan-made remake for Genesis/Mega Drive of the famous platformer Cave Story. The game was created by Andrew DeRosier, and although it's not 100% complete, it is perfectly playable, and the main story is fully intact.

Year: 2022 Genre: Platformer

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Bubba 'N' Stix amigagenesis

Bubba 'N' Stix is a platformer-puzzle game created by Core Design simultaneously for the SEGA Genesis and Amiga, including the CD32 version. The game, conceived by Simon Phipps, was released in 1994.

Year: 1994 Genre: Platformer

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Little Samson nes

Little Samson is a fantasy platform game developed by Takeru and published by Taito in 1992 exclusively for the NES. After its release in Japan and the USA, it also arrived in Europe in 1993.

Year: 1992 Genre: Platformer

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Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap sega-master-system

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a platformer developed by Westone and published by SEGA in 1989 for the SEGA Master System console. It's the sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land and the third chapter of the Wonder Boy saga.

Year: 1989 Genre: Platformer

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The Running Man amiga

The Running Man is the videogame adaptation of the famous 1987 sci-fi movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The game was developed by Emerald Software and released in 1989 for the Amig...

Year: 1989 Genre: Action

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Bonk's Revenge pc-engine

Bonk's Revenge (also known as PC Kid 2) is the second episode of the series of platformers created by Hudson Soft. The first game was called Bonk's Adventure or B.C. Kid. It's ...

Year: 1991 Genre: Platformer

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Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse sega-master-systemgenesis

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a side-scrolling platformer developed by SEGA and released in 1990 for the Genesis/Mega Drive. It was also converted to 8-bit and ported to the SEGA Master System.

Year: 1990 Genre: Platformer

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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse nes

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the third chapter in the Castlevania series created by Konami. The horror platformer was released in December 1989 for the NES. The game is set ...

Year: 1989 Genre: Platformer

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Harlequin amiga

Harlequin is a platform game published by Gremlin Graphics for the Amiga and Atari ST in 1992. The game was developed by The Warp Factory, the makers of Zool 2. In this colorful ...

Year: 1992 Genre: Platformer

fantasy multi-directional platform-shooter platformer