User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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...

Game Boy (1991)

Dick Tracy is based on the 1990 film of the same name. It bears a strong resemblance to the NES...

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...

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...

Die Biene Maja: Klatschmohnwiese in Gefahr Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

A heavy storm waves through the corn poppy meadow and scatters all of Maja's and Willi's friends to the four...

Windows (2006)

Die Kiestelsteiner is a platform game with altogether ten levels. Controlling a gravelstone figure, the player has to reach the...

Die Legende von Kongo King Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Die Legende von Kongo King is a traditional side-scrolling platformer with comic book style graphics. The player takes the role...

Arcade (1992)

Diet Go Go is 2D platform game "on single screen", similar to Nightmare in the Dark or Jumping Pop. Players...

Digimon: Battle Spirit WonderSwan Color Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and WonderSwan Color (2001)

In 2001, an unknown digimon (digital monster) appeared. He was immensely powerful and could delete any other digimon by touching...

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Pick your favorite Digimon and battle your way to the top in this arena-style fighter based on characters from the...

Dig It! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Dig It! is a platform game. In it, you take the role of Dug Kewl, who returns home one day...

Dilbert's Desktop Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This game, part of the Desktop Toys series, features characters from Scott Adams' popular Dilbert comic strip engaged in a...

Intellivision (1987)

In this unofficial sequel to the arcade game BurgerTime, the Rotten Foods (Hot Dogs, Cherries, Bananas, and their leader Mugsy,...

DinoCity SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Timmy and his friend, Jaime go into Timmy's father's lab to watch a movie on the big screen. Little do...

Dino Dash Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Dino Dash is an autorunner multiplayer game for smart phones. The goal is to be the first among six contesters...

Dino Eggs Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983) and Apple II (1983)

While on an expedition through time to the prehistoric past, Time Master Tim accidentally brings a case of European Measles...

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Dino Run SE is an updated, downloadable version of the original browser-based game Dino Run.In this 8-bit-styled, 2D platformer, you...

Windows (2004)

Dinos and Bubbles is a child-targeted platform game, a low-budget variant of Bubble Bobble, with almost identical rules.The player (or...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dinotopia - The Timestone Pirates is 2D platform game in "Dinotopia" (portmanteau of "dinosaur" and "utopia") universe (humans and sentient...

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Set after the events of Final Fantasy VII and the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, Dirge of Cerberus lets...

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam is a platformer taking place in an alternate steam punk universe, in 1897....

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

A nasty old wizard has kidnapped your girl and is holding her in the grounds of his castle and in...

Commodore 64 (1984)

After giving birth to Prince William, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of the British Royal Family have decided that they...

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