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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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PlayStation (1997)

Doraemon has brought a giant television from the future for Nobita and his friends to watch, but when they turn...

SNES (1994)

The game is based on the popular manga series Doraemon. It tells the story of a Japanese boy named Nobita,...

SNES (1995)

The game is based on the popular manga series Doraemon. Doraemon is a blue cat robot who came from the...

Doraemon: Nobita no Dorabian Night TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Based on the popular Doraemon franchise, Nobita no Dorabian Night follows the adventures of the titular robotic cat, as he...

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

One winter, the robotic blue cat from the future, Doraemon, takes Nobita and his friends on a trip into outer...

SNES (1993)

The game is based on the anime series "Doraemon". Doraemon is a blue robotic cat who has the ability to...

Doraemon: Yume Dorobō to 7-nin no Gozans Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

A dream thief has come and stolen the dreams of all the children, using them to create his own personal...

DOS (1992)

Doraon Neoguri is a Korean-made variant of the arcade game Ponpoko. The player guides a raccoon dog through a series...

Windows (1995)

Doraon Yeongung Hong Gildong is a platform game based on a Korean animated movie of the same name released shortly...

Do Re Mi Fantasy: Milon no DokiDoki Daibōken Wii Front Cover

SNES (1996) and Wii (2008)

A young boy named Milon sets off to save Alis, his fairy friend, after she was captured by the evil...

DOS (1991)

Dork the Dinosaur settles down for a nap beneath a Triassic tree when a thunderstorm stirs up, frightening him. A...

MSX (1984)

You are in control of a guy wearing blue pants that attempts to run around in an pac-man style maze...

Dossun Island Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Dossun Island is a scrolling platformer where the player controls a young girl who must reach the marker at the...

Commodore PET/CBM (2013) and ZX81 (2012)

Your village is under attack! To escape the burning village, you flee into the caves beneath the village. The only...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

In Downland, the object is to locate keys which unlock doors as you navigate underground caverns by climbing ropes. Difficulty...

Draconus Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Draconus is an arcade platformer where the player gains control of Frognum - a beast similar to a serpent or...

Dracula Twins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The vampire hunter, Dr. Lifelust, wants to live forever. To do this, he needs vampire blood. To fulfill his goal,...

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure follows the exploits of young Goku as he sets out for the first time to seek...

Dragon Buster NES Front Cover

NES (1987), MSX (1987), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1993), Sharp X1 (1987), FM-7 (1987) and Arcade (1985)

Originating in the arcades, Dragon Buster is an action platform game composed out of several large levels, each one containing...

Dragon Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Dragon Fighter the protagonist is a fighter who can turn into a dragon. In this side-scrolling action game the...

Windows (2001)

Dragon Ninja Saga is a 2D platform game with the ninja Red Lotus as the protagonist. Players control the ninja...

Dragon Power NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Goku and Nora (Bulma) are on a quest to find seven crystal balls. By finding all of these crystal balls,...

SNES (1992)

This version of Dragon's Lair is a departure from the earlier arcade titles of the same name. Instead of recreating...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

When Electronic Arts released the C64 adaptation of the classic arcade game in the United States as part of their...

Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The goofy, but courageous knight Dirk the Daring is on a quest to save the pretty princess Daphne. The princess...

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