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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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Disney's The Lion King: 3 Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Disney's The Lion King: 3 Games is a compilation of three games: Disney's Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games Disney's The...

Disney's the Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Play along as Simba and watch him grow from the fearless cub into the king of the jungle. This game...

Disney's Toy Story Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Game Boy (1996), SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

This game is based on the movie "Toy Story". It sets you as the character of Woody as you jump,...

Disney Universe Xbox 360 Front Cover

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

While being welcomed to the virtual amusement park Disney Universe by VIC (Virtual Information Cube), a virus of sorts named...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Join the Divas Alexa, Nikki, Tia and Summer in this portable collection of 6 mini games, on their way to...

Divergent Shift Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Control two characters at the same time and use two screens together to help piece a world split in half...

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

In The Divide: Enemies Within, the player takes control of an explorer on an alien planet. After they land to...

Dizzy and the Other Side Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Dizzy and the Other Side is an adventure-platform game by Alexandru Simion, the creator of the Dizzy AGE engine which...

Dizzy Collection Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Compilation compiling the first five games in the Dizzy series:Dizzy (replaced by Kwik Snax on 16-bit platforms) Fast FoodTreasure Island...

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), NES (1993), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Rockwart the Troll has cast a spell on Daisy, leaving her asleep for 100 years. Dizzy sets off to put...

Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Dizzy's world is being threatened by the evil wizard Zaks. The player takes control of Dizzy, the anthropomorphic egg, who...

DJ Puff DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The player is DJ Puff the fire breathing dragon, set out to fry all your enemies in one puff. The...

DK: Jungle Climber Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Donkey Kong and his extended family are taking a vacation on Sun Sun Island. All of a sudden, they spot...

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...

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