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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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DK: King of Swing Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Cranky is hosting the Jungle Jam contest. Before the contest can begin, King K. Rool steals the medallions. It's up...

DLC Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

DLC Quest is a 2D platformer that mocks the use of DLC (downloadable content) for commercial games as a barrier...

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013)

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die is DLC for DLC Quest. The expansion is included for free with the Mac...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

In this Game you play the role of 4 different Time Lords each named Dr What, Dr Where, Dr When...

Amiga (1992)

Control Dojo Dan through twenty massive multi-directional-scrolling levels of platforms, pickups and hand to hand combat in your quest to...

DOS (1995)

Dokkaebi-ga Ganda is a Korean-made colorful platform game. The player can choose to control either of the two little kobold...

Arcade (2003)

Sammy's flagship run n' gun game for the Atomiswave arcade board. Dolphin Blue stars two commandos and their dolphin who...

NES (1988)

This game, which was never released outside of Japan, is all about the fast food clown Ronald McDonald (Donald McDonald...

Don Doko Don TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

NES (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, you play a bearded dwarf whose girlfriend has been kidnapped and taken away to the dragon's castle,...

NES (1992)

A couple is getting married at a wedding chapel, but the wedding is ruined when a bat comes over and...

Amiga (2014)

Donkey Downfall is an anti-platformer, where your goal is not to jump up to the next platform, but to fall....

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Donkey King is one of those shameless Donkey Kong clones, for systems that never received an official port. For those...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1986), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1983), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (2007), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1981)

Released in the arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong was not only Nintendo's first real smash hit for the company, but...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The big ape has returned in this update of the classic Nintendo arcade game. Although at first it appears to...

Donkey Kong 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), NES (1984), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)

Released in the arcades in 1983, Donkey Kong 3 is the third of the "Donkey Kong" arcade game series, changing...

Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Donkey Kong 64 is similar to Rareware's other Nintendo 64 platformer series, Banjo Kazooie, but starring Donkey Kong and his...

Donkey Kong Classics NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Donkey Kong Classics features both the original Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. on a single cartridge. In Donkey Kong,...

Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994) and Wii (2006)

King K. Rool has stolen Donkey Kong's banana stash, and Donkey Kong needs your help to get them back. In...

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), SNES (1995) and Wii (2007)

Donkey Kong has been "kongnapped" by the nasty K. Rool and the Kremlings, and it is up to Diddy Kong...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005), SNES (1996) and Wii (2007)

This time both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have been kong-napped by a mysterious new leader of the Kremlings, and...

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Donkey Kong Island awakes to the sound of an unusual hum, the musical beat of a new source of evil...

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a port of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is...

Arcade (2004)

This compilation arcade cabinet features the following games: Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr. Mario Bros.

NES (1983)

A compilation cart featuring: Donkey Kong Junior Donkey Kong Jr. Math (just the +-x÷ Exercise mode from this game).

Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2008)

After the Donkey Konga games, Nintendo thought of a novelty use for the DK Bongos device. In Jungle Beat, you...

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