Side-scrolling games, also called platform games, first appeared in the early 1980s, and soon became the standard way to produce video games until 3D took over in the 1990s.
Side-scrolling platform games allow the player to control a character who is shown in side view. He can move left and right and usually can jump. As he moves off the screen to one side, the background scrolls to reveal more of the play area.
Platform games almost always feature a jumping character. The most famous ...