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Platform

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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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 found himself in the dungeon full of fallen angels, gargoyles,...

Demon's Crest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

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...

DOS (1994)

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

Devil's Tuning Fork Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Devil's Tuning Fork is a student project from the DePaul University in Chicago (USA) and it is a first-person exploration...

Devious Designs Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

A scientist obsessed with Picasso's cubist paintings develops a weapon that turns everything to cubes. The United Kingdom sends a...

Dexter's Laboratory: Robot Rampage Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Your laboratory has been filled up with evil robots. It's up to you, as Dexter, to make your way through...

DHTML Lemmings Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

This game re-implements (for most modern web browsers) the first 10 levels of the classic arena-puzzler Lemmings, where a player...

Diamond Rush J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Think of this game as a mix of Tomb Raider and Boulder Dash. You play as an Indiana Jones type...

Dick Tracy NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

You play as square-jawed detective Dick Tracy as he tries to solve five different crimes that vary in difficulty. This...

Dick Tracy SEGA Master System Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and SEGA Master System (1990)

This is one of the games based on the Dick Tracy movie. You are Dick Tracy, a police detective who...

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