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This article is about the obstacle in platform games. For the genre, see Genre § Platform.

Platforms are obstacles in almost every adventure video game, including the Mario franchise. They are physical objects that the player jumps across to get through levels or discover secrets. While platforms are mainly in side-scrollers, the player can jump up through the bottoms of some platforms (and, in Super Smash Bros.' case, drop through the tops as well), which cannot be done in three-dimensional games. Platforms often have gimmicky traits, such as moving. These are sometimes referred to as lifts.