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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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DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

Windows (2009)

Dungeon is a platform game where you control a white man running through a dungeon. On your way, you encounter...

Dungeons and Dungeons Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dungeons and Dungeons is an BDSM-themed platform game. The player is cast as the two protagonists, Sadie and Max, who...

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

The Dragon and Tandy never released an official port of Donkey Kong, but a whole lot of clones.Conversely to most...

Dustforce Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2014), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

Dustforce is a 2D side-scrolling platform game starring a team of broomsweeping janitors. Players select one of the four available...

Dustforce (Collector's Edition) Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

This collector's edition contains: Dustforce (for all three platforms and free of DRM) Digital soundtrack (MP3 format) Installation booklet Microfiber...

Dwie Wieże Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Dwie Wieże (The Two Towers) is a typical platform game. Main heroine of the game is a sorceress and warrior...

Browser (2013)

After completing Dying to Live: Game Jam Version, the author decided to return to it, expand it and fix some...

Browser (2012)

Morty is trapped in a cave. Help him avoid what obstacles he can to get out. This is a platform...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Based on the Italian comics character Dylan Dog, London "nightmare detective", Le Notti della Luna Piena (The Full Moon Nights)...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Based on the Italian comics character Dylan Dog, London "nightmare detective", Gli Uccisori (The Murderers) is another volume created by...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are secret agent Dynamite Dan and you have been chosen to save the world from the evil Dr Blitzen...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Implanting subliminal messages in music seemingly worked for Judas Priest - the evil Dr. Blitzen is trying to make it...

Dynamite Headdy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1994), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1994) and Wii (2007)

Dynamite Headdy is a platformer... with a difference. You control a little character whose main attack comes from his disembodied...

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Koei brings us again a new addition to the Dynasty Warriors series. This installment still features the same storyline based...

Dynowarz: Destruction of Spondylus NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

This is a game of combat between giant mechanized dinosaurs named robosaurs in a faraway solar system named Spondylus. Mad...

Dziedzictwo Gigantów Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Dziedzictwo Gigantów is an arcade platform game. The aim is to find an ancient magic artifact in the castle of...

Earnest Evans Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and SEGA CD (1991)

The story of the game is connected to that of El Viento. Earnest Evans is a brave treasure hunter. His...

Earthworm Jim Game Boy Front Cover

DOS (1995), Game Boy (1995), Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Game Gear (1995), SEGA Master System (1996) and Wii (2008)

A crow is chasing a worm named Jim while in outer space Psy-Crow is chasing a renegade ship. The ship's...

Earthworm Jim 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation (1996), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Wii (2009)

An ordinary average earthworm named Jim goes about his normal daily life, cruising around avoiding crows and doing other general...

Earthworm Jim HD Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Earthworm Jim HD is a remake of the original Earthworm Jim, a run-and-gun platform starring an earthworm called Jim. It...

Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Earthworm Jim is up against 12 levels of bad guys as he explores his bedroom. It's far from the adventures...

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), SEGA CD (1995), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010) and webOS (2010)

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is an enhanced version of the original Earthworm Jim for the SEGA CD and also ported...

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