Types of Platforms

They. are many types of platforms in platform games but I’m going to list only a few.

Standard Platforms

Standard Platforms is the building block for the entire game. There are different variations, depending on the which title you play, but the most common feature is 0that characters can stand on the top and cannot jump through the bottom. In Super Mario Bros, the standard platform is sometimes breakable, if the character is large.


Jump Through Platforms

These are the same as Standard platforms but as the name suggest allows single-direction bypass, meaning that players can jump through the bottom and stand safely on the top. However going back down means the player had to fall off that platform onto one below. The most famous game which used mostly these types is Doodle Jump.



Slippery / High Resistance Platform

Adding a material to different platforms is a great way to change the difficulty for the player. An ice-covered platform is slippery, meaning that the character slides with little resistance. These platforms can also be covered in oil or metal—anything that implies a low-friction situation. Another material-based platform will slow down the character or cause jumping strength (the fundamental control in platform games) to be lessened. This can be due to high grass, molasses or any other crazy concoction that will increase friction or stickiness.



Sticky Platform

Some platforms are so sticky that the character can actually defy gravity! Sound Shapes has a great example of this, as brighter surfaces allow the character to roll around upside down or up walls.



Conveyer Belt Platform

A conveyer belt platform automatically moves the character one way or another, normally toward something perilous. These platforms have been used for decades to (literally) throw off over-confident gamers.


Disappearing / Reappearing Platform

Platforms that disappear and reappear give a sense of danger and, if placed well, a set path to success—all without preventing eventual success.



Moving Platform

Moving platforms are probably the most difficult to program, but can ultimately be the most satisfying platform type. Platforms can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or on a set path. They can go back and forth or even change direction based on where the character is standing. These platforms, when placed appropriately, really make for some satisfying challenges and worthwhile gaming.