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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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de Blob 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

de Blob 2's story starts off with the central location, Prisma City, and its upcoming general election following the events...

D├ębut Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them...

DEcapAttack Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Genesis (1991)

In this game you play as Chuck D. Head, the product of a mad, but benevolent, scientist. Chuck looks a...

The Deep Cave Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young boy named Pi has stumbled across a cave. An eerie light from somewhere below calls him downward, and...

Deep Core Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

An underwater nuclear research base has been invaded by a hostile craft. Captain Dawnrazer is sent in to wipe up...

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...

The Deer God Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), iPhone (2015), Android (2015), iPad (2015), Xbox One (2015) and tvOS (2015)

The Deer God is an indie platformer originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign.The game starts with the player being a...

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...

Deletion iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Deletion is a platform game. Levels develop horizontally and vertically. Lava and other objects, all in red, are deadly to...

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...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Demon is a simple action-adventure game. The player moves through a maze, collecting one-use items along the way and using...

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...

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Arcade (1989)

Originating on the arcades (where it was known as Demon's World to the Western audience), Horror Story is an "old-style"...

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) and Wii U (2015)

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) and Wii U (2016)

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) and Wii U (2016)

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...

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