That's not very fair though. Harrrierfalcon's been working on Metroid Pi for a while. Calc84maniac had been working on Project M a week before the contest started. Sure, it puts the rest of us at a disadvantage, but the whole point of the contest is to produce good games, right?
For everybody who not are sure what a game MUST contain to be a platformer, here is some info I found on Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_game):
Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. It must be possible to control these jumps and to fall from platforms or miss jumps. The most common unifying element to these games is a jump button, but there are exceptions; other jump mechanics include swinging from extendable arms, as in Ristar or Bionic Commando, or bouncing from springboards or trampolines, as in Alpha Waves. Games where jumping is automated completely, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fall outside of the genre.
Well, that's completely incorrect. Pitfall! is a classic retro platformer, and one in which jumps cannot be controlled in midair. The same goes for Mario Brothers.
Edit: Shame on BBcode! It wouldn't let me use a text caption for the [url] tag with "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitfall!". When just pasting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitfall! alone, it leaves out the exclamation point.
Your modified definition still excludes [url=http://foon.co.uk//farcade/<font color=red>censored</font>-games/small.swf]this[/url] from being a platformer, but it actually is a platformer.
Well, I found the deffenition on wikipedia. Everybody has their own limit for what a platform game is or not, there is also a lot of games who are on the edge between platformer or not platformer. but if you are making one, I suggest you try to follow the defenition to be on the safe side.
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