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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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...

Dr. Franken II Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1997)

It is several years after the death of Dr. Von Frankenbone, and things around the castle are starting to fall...

Windows (1999)

Dr Goo 2 - the plague is 2D platform game. The player controls a Dr Goo - green, intelligent slime,...

Drill Dozer Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The Skulker gang has stolen your beloved Red Diamond that once belonged to your departed mother. Using your Drill Dozer,...

Driller Tanks MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1983)

Driller Tanks features a side-on view of the tank you control, which is submerged in a maze full of nasties...

Dr. Muto PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2003)

You are Dr. Muto, a maniacal and genius mad scientist whose latest experiment has accidentally destroyed his own home planet...

Drol Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and PC-88 (1985)

Drol is a platform game where you play a cute robot that can fly and shoot. Your goal is to...

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

The Whos in Whoville are fond of Christmas, but up on Mount Crumpit lives the green Grinch who despises the...

DOS (1988)

You're Restless Ralph Runabout, hunting for Dr. Sleeptite in his Nightmare Factory deep beneath the Mojave desert, where the mad...

DuckTales: Remastered Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2013)

DuckTales: Remastered is an enhanced remake of DuckTales and just like in the original game the player controls the greedy...

Duke Nukem DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Duke Nukem consists of three episodes which were also released separately: Duke Nukem: Episode 1 - Shrapnel City Duke Nukem:...

Duke Nukem Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

Duke Nukem is back in this self-titled game. Duke Nukem has become famous and because of that attracted the attention...

Duke Nukem II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Duke Nukem II is a platform game and a sequel to Duke Nukem. While giving an interview on TV, the...

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Duke Nukem returns in a new adventure in a third-person platform game which hearkens back to the days of the...

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This Limited Edition includes: Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project A T-Shirt A keyring pendant

Duke Nukem Platformer Pack Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

This compilation of Duke Nukem games includes: Duke Nukem Duke Nukem II Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

Windows (2004)

The Duke is disturbed during a TV show when a military group called Crusade of Eternity invades the studios and...

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 first version

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...

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