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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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Dizzy and the Other Side Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Dizzy and the Other Side is an adventure-platform game by Alexandru Simion, the creator of the Dizzy AGE engine which...

Dizzy Collection Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Compilation compiling the first five games in the Dizzy series:Dizzy (replaced by Kwik Snax on 16-bit platforms) Fast FoodTreasure Island...

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), NES (1993), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Rockwart the Troll has cast a spell on Daisy, leaving her asleep for 100 years. Dizzy sets off to put...

Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Dizzy's world is being threatened by the evil wizard Zaks. The player takes control of Dizzy, the anthropomorphic egg, who...

DJ Puff DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The player is DJ Puff the fire breathing dragon, set out to fry all your enemies in one puff. The...

DK: Jungle Climber Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii U (2015)

Donkey Kong and his extended family are taking a vacation on Sun Sun Island. All of a sudden, they spot...

DK: King of Swing Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Wii U (2014)

Cranky is hosting the Jungle Jam contest. Before the contest can begin, King K. Rool steals the medallions. It's up...

DLC Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

DLC Quest is a 2D platformer that mocks the use of DLC (downloadable content) for commercial games as a barrier...

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013)

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die is DLC for DLC Quest. A new evil rises and the villagers are terrorized....

Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2011)

Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time is a puzzle platformer. The player takes control of the titular doctor who...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

In this Game you play the role of 4 different Time Lords each named Dr What, Dr Where, Dr When...

Amiga (1992)

Control Dojo Dan through twenty massive multi-directional-scrolling levels of platforms, pickups and hand to hand combat in your quest to...

Doki Doki Penguin Land SG-1000 Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), MSX (1985), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

In Penguin Land, you must control a penguin trying to get his (her?) egg down to the bottom of the...

DOS (1995)

Dokkaebi-ga Ganda is a Korean-made colorful platform game. The player can choose to control either of the two little kobold...

Arcade (2003)

Sammy's flagship run n' gun game for the Atomiswave arcade board. Dolphin Blue stars two commandos and their dolphin who...

NES (1988)

This game, which was never released outside of Japan, is all about the fast food clown Ronald McDonald (Donald McDonald...

Don Doko Don TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

NES (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, you play a bearded dwarf whose girlfriend has been kidnapped and taken away to the dragon's castle,...

NES (1992)

A couple is getting married at a wedding chapel, but the wedding is ruined when a bat comes over and...

Amiga (2014)

Donkey Downfall is an anti-platformer, where your goal is not to jump up to the next platform, but to fall....

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Donkey King is one of those shameless Donkey Kong clones, for systems that never received an official port. For those...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1986), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1983), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013), Arcade (1981) and Coleco Adam (1984)

Released in the arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong was not only Nintendo's first real smash hit for the company, but...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The big ape has returned in this update of the classic Nintendo arcade game. Although at first it appears to...

TRS-80 CoCo (2007)

An unauthorized version of Donkey Kong. This version of the game is faithful to the arcade version as it contains...

Donkey Kong 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), NES (1984), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)

Released in the arcades in 1983, Donkey Kong 3 is the third of the "Donkey Kong" arcade game series, changing...

Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999) and Wii U (2015)

Donkey Kong 64 is similar to Rareware's other Nintendo 64 platformer series, Banjo Kazooie, but starring Donkey Kong and his...

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