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Description

Platform games (platformers) are action games in which the playfield is set up as a series of planes (floors, levels, or platforms) for the player to navigate.

Platform games often involve combat, but include additional challenges by making navigation hazardous. Often the challenges of overcoming environmental dangers surpass those posed by combat. The player character is usually required to jump over gaps and damaging areas, or to access a different platform. In many platform games the player character is very vulnerable and can die easily from falling damage, environmental traps, or enemy attacks.

Early platform games (e.g. Donkey Kong) were confined to one screen and required the player character to climb in order to reach higher platforms. Later platformers, popularized by Super Mario Bros., began to focus on traversing side-scrolling levels, often within an allotted time limit, fending off upcoming enemies and jumping. This style, commonly referred to as jump-and-run, has preserved itself in many later platformers as well.

Other platform games, such as Prince of Persia, emphasize exploration, combat, and problem-solving in addition to the usual platform challenges. Such games have become known as cinematic platformers. This style has had a considerable influence on many 3D platformers (e.g. later Prince of Persia games, ICO, etc.), which incorporate extensive puzzle-solving.
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Deep Duck Trouble starring Donald Duck Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Donald meets Hewey, Dewey and Louie, back from their latest adventure with Uncle Scrooge. But Uncle Scrooge has been cursed...

Defenders of the Earth Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and SAM Coupé (1990)

The Defenders of the Earth consist of veteran comic-book heroes Flash Gordon, Lothar, the Phantom and Mandrake. Ming the Merciless...

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

A platform-puzzle game set in space. Besides the ability to jump, and a jet pack you can use in short...

Deimos Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Deimos is a platform game similar to the Montezuma's Revenge. The player assumes the role of a treasure hunter. The...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A Princess has been kidnapped and it is up to a pair of robots called Jim and Bob to go...

Deliverance: Stormlord II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Macintosh (1993)

As in Stormlord, you must rescue as many fairies as possible, on this occasion by catching them out of the...

Demolition Man Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and SEGA CD (1995)

Demolition Man is a game based on the 1993 movie by the same name. As with the movie, the game...

Demon Blue DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In the game, you are a small shaggy blue demon finding himself in a dungeon full of fallen angels, gargoyles,...

Demon's Crest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii U (2014)

Demon's Crest is a sequel to Gargoyle's Quest. Once, the world of demons and the world of humans co-existed in...

Demon Sword NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In Demon Sword you play the part of the noble fighter Victar. Victar carries with him a sword which was...

Atari ST (1991)

Dennis & Denise is a platform game written in STOS.Denise has been kidnapped by Mr X. and her wealthy dad...

Dennis the Menace SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

This game brings the US cartoon character Dennis the Menace's menacing treatment of poor old Mr. Wilson to the computer...

Densetsu no Stafi Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Densetsu no Stafi is a tale of a yellow star that fell into the ocean from the home castle in...

Densetsu no Stafi 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Ogura, the villain from Densetsu no Stafi, is furious at his defeat at the hands of Stafi, the starfish prince....

Densetsu no Stafi 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

After defeating Ogura in Densetsu no Stafi 2, Stafi has earned a break. However, Ogura manages to escape once more,...

Densetsu no Stafi 4 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Densetsu no Stafi 4 is the fourth game in the Stafi series of games. In it, you play as a...

Windows (2011)

The goal of Descension is to beat the mechanical dragon. There is only one enemy in this game and that...

Desert Speedtrap starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This is a platform game starring Looney Tunes famous Road Runner(who you control) and nemesis Wile E. Coyote. Road Runner...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Desperado Dan must escape to freedom, being trapped in a set of green-screen platform levels. Each screen is guarded not...

J2ME (2007)

This game is based on the movie by Robert Rodriguez. The player slips into the role of El Mariachi, who...

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Destructo 2 is a simple color-matching puzzle game similar to Mr. Driller, originally released as part of a budget series...

Windows (1997)

Detective Bogey is a platformer based on the eponymous Spanish animated series. The player takes control over private detective Bogey...

Devastator SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The game's story is based on a mini-anime series, with extracts from the anime being used for cutscenes between the...

Commodore 64 (1987)

100,000 years ago, the planet Krauze belonged to a race called Deviants and they had conquered the surrounding planets but...

DOS (1994)

As a devil named Little Giovanni you have to beat about 40 levels. In each level there are three hidden...

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