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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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Donkey Kong Land III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1997), Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

DK and Diddy Kong have left in search of The Lost World after hearing of a contest to find it...

Wii (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Donkey Kong: Original Edition is an attempt to take the Nintendo Entertainment System port of Donkey Kong and make it...

Donkey Xote Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 2 (2008)

Donkey Xote is a tie-in game for the animated movie Donkey Xote. It tells the adventures of Don Quixote as...

Donk!: The Samurai Duck Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Donk is an ordinary duck who benefits from having been raised by samurai warriors, who've taught him everything they know...

Don't Buy This ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Five games submitted to Firebird for evaluation (and potentially marketing) were collated in this collection, and as the title suggests,...

Don't Look Back Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), Browser (2009), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Don't Look Back is a moody platformer, entirely drawn in a colour palette of black and red, with parallels to...

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...

Doraemon NES Front Cover

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...

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