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 Classics NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Donkey Kong Classics features both the original Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior in a single cartridge.

Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

King K. Rool has stolen Donkey Kong's banana stash, and Donkey Kong needs your help to get them back. In...

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), SNES (1995), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

Donkey Kong has been "kongnapped" by the nasty K. Rool and the Kremlings, and it is up to Diddy Kong...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005), SNES (1996), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

This time both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have been kong-napped by a mysterious new leader of the Kremlings, and...

SNES (1994)

This special edition of Donkey Kong Country is a competition cartridge. Nintendo manufactured only 2,500 copies. The game was originally...

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010) and Wii U (2015)

Donkey Kong Island awakes to the sound of an unusual hum, the musical beat of a new source of evil...

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a port of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is...

Arcade (2004)

This compilation arcade cabinet features the following games: Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr. Mario Bros.

NES (1983)

A compilation cart featuring: Donkey Kong Junior Donkey Kong Jr. Math (just the +-x÷ Exercise mode from this game).

Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2008)

After the Donkey Konga games, Nintendo thought of a novelty use for the DK Bongos device. In Jungle Beat, you...

Donkey Kong Junior Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1983), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013), Arcade (1982) and Coleco Adam (1984)

Mario has kidnapped Junior's Papa!Donkey Kong Jr. was originally released in the arcades in 1982 as a sequel to Donkey...

Donkey Kong Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In a modifiication of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong teams up with his buddy Diddy for new adventures and gorilla...

Donkey Kong Land 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong has been captured by the evil Kaptain K. Rool, leaving it up to...

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 Me Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Donkey Me is a 2D arcade, single-screen platform game based on Donkey Kong. The main hero must rescue a girl...

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)

Doodlebug is a side-scrolling platform sequel to the programmer's earlier shooter Bug Bash in a very colourful cartoony style. Your...

Doodle Jump iPhone Front Cover

BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2010), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2011) and Arcade (2012)

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...

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