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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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Dracula Twins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The vampire hunter, Dr. Lifelust, wants to live forever. To do this, he needs vampire blood. To fulfill his goal,...

Amiga (1995)

Draggy and Croco is a timed arcade game for up to two players. The main goal of the game is...

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure follows the exploits of young Goku as he sets out for the first time to seek...

Dragon Buster NES Front Cover

NES (1987), MSX (1987), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1993), Sharp X1 (1987), FM-7 (1987) and Arcade (1985)

Originating in the arcades, Dragon Buster is an action platform game composed out of several large levels, each one containing...

Dragon Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Dragon Fighter the protagonist is a fighter who can turn into a dragon. In this side-scrolling action game the...

Windows (2001)

Dragon Ninja Saga is a 2D platform game with the ninja Red Lotus as the protagonist. Players control the ninja...

Dragon Power NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Goku and Nora (Bulma) are on a quest to find seven crystal balls. By finding all of these crystal balls,...

SNES (1992)

This version of Dragon's Lair is a departure from the earlier arcade titles of the same name. Instead of recreating...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

When Electronic Arts released the C64 adaptation of the classic arcade game in the United States as part of their...

Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The goofy, but courageous knight Dirk the Daring is on a quest to save the pretty princess Daphne. The princess...

Game Boy (1991)

The Game Boy version for Dragon's Lair is actually a port of Roller Coaster, with its protagonist replaced by Dirk...

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1995)

Based on the 1993 movie of the same name, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story has Bruce Lee learn that he...

Drains Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A man known only as the "King of the Seas" led a huge army and conquered the undersea world. Afterwards,...

DOS (1995)

Another Tetris clone. In the phantasy world reconstructed after decadence, the favourite game was Drak - a game where you...

DOS (1994)

Drake Snake and the Secret Crypt is a platform game where the player controls the eponymous Drake, who came to...

Drawn to Life Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007), iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

In the beginning, the Creator built the world and left its people, the lighthearted Raposa, his blueprint -- The Book...

Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition is a Drawn to Life version featuring characters from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants franchise. Just...

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

The Creator's Hero had saved the land! All seemed well again for the Raposa. But, one day, a villain named...

Dr. Chaos NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Dr. Chaos was your typical mad scientist. He owned an extensive mansion and spent his time experimenting within it on...

Windows (2006)

In Dreamcube the player takes the role of Jack who receives a cube for birthday. When he goes to sleep...

Dream Mix TV World Fighters GameCube Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

A television program is facing low ratings and they are told by their TV network that they are on the...

SNES (1992)

A mystical television has challenged 2 kids to complete quests on various worlds. The first world is the Medieval World,...

DreamWorks Puss in Boots PlayStation 3 Front Cover

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

Puss in Boots is game based on the computer-animated film of the same name. The film in turn is a...

Supervision (1992)

Dream World is a side-scrolling platform game starring a girl with psychic powers. She begins with only a regular energy...

Dr. Franken Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Franky, one of the many creations of Dr Von Frankenbone, has awoken to find his love, Bitsy, has vanished. Discovering...

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