User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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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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Doodlebug: Bug Bash II iPad Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Side-scrolling platform in a very colourful cartoony style. Your aim as the "Doodlebug" is to make your way through five...

Doodle Jump iPhone Front Cover

BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2010), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2011)

The goal of Doodle Jump is simple: get as high as possible. There's no real end - just death. The...

doodle jump: HOP The Movie iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

doodle jump: HOP The Movie is a vertically-scrolling platform game similar to the original Doodle Jump and featuring characters and...

Doofus Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

Doofus is like a reverse Sleepwalker - you play a simpleton (hence the title) and must get through a series...

DOS (1996)

DOOM 2D is, as the name suggests, a 2D game styled after DOOM. Most of the graphics and sounds are...

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Based on the popular role-playing and card game, Doom Troopers: Mutant Chronicles casts you as a fearless commando who has...

DoorDoor NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1983), PC-98 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1983) and PC-6001 (1984)

In DoorDoor, players take on the role of Chun. Chun's goal is to trap four different enemy alien types behind...

NES (1986)

Doraemon is an action game based on the popular children's cartoon of the same name. As the eponymous blue robot...

SNES (1993)

The game is closely related to Doraemon: Nobita to Yōsei no Kuni. It is based on the manga "Doraemon", that...

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...

Dora the Explorer: Swiper's Big Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

This is a Flash platform game starring characters from animated TV series Dora the Explorer. Dora, Boots and Swiper find...

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...

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