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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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This limited edition contains: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Soundtrack CD A fan poster Two in-game skins

Linux (2010), Windows (2009), Dreamcast (2010), Amiga (2010), Symbian (2011), Macintosh (2010), GP32 (2010), GP2X (2010) and GP2X Wiz (2010)

Giana's Return is an unofficial (i.e. fan-made) sequel to the classic Great Giana Sisters. The Evil Swampy has stolen the...

Giant's Revenge ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Giant's Revenge is the sequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack was last seen crushing the giant into the depths...

Giddy 3: The Retro Eggsperience Amiga Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (2000), Windows (2009), Amiga (2009), Macintosh (2009), Android (2012) and webOS (2011)

The world is under attack from robot stompers from beyond the clouds, and the egg-shaped super hero Giddy has to...

Amiga (1994)

While watching television, Giddy learns that an alien spaceship has descended over Cutesville. It starts to send strange waves that...

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

G.I Joe is a side-scrolling action game where you can select 3 out of a possible 5 characters to complete...

NES (1992)

Cobra, the evil villain, previous encounter with G.I. Joe ended with Cobra’s base been destroyed (as played in G.I. Joe:...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Gilligan's Gold is a flick-screen platform game based on the arcade game Bagman consisting of three screens as you try...

Atari 2600 (2007)

Run, run, run! Fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! And I'm one tough cookie!You,...

Give Up Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

In Give Up the player controls a character, shaped like the one on the public exit signs, through 40 single-screen...

Give Up, Robot Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up, Robot is a twitchy platformer starring a robot that is woken up in a corrupted testing environment. He...

Give Up Robot 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up Robot 2 is the sequel to Give Up, Robot and retains the core game mechanics. It is a...

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance is an epic action packed game that takes place in the times of the Roman empire....

Glare Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Glare is a side-scrolling platformer. It has a backstory (aliens infect planets with darkness and the protagonist, the light guardian...

Browser (2011)

Glitch was a short lived browser based massive multiplayer online game. The game took place in one large persistent world...

Globdule Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

One of not-nearly-enough games to star an amorphous blob, Globdule sees your character moving around a level by sliding along...

Linux (2014) and Windows (2014)

GlPortal is a 1st-person puzzle game based around physics and teleportation similar to the Portal series. The player controls the...

Windows (2009)

In Glum Buster, a free "charityware" game, you travel to several surreal worlds to bust up some "glum". On your...

J2ME (2004)

The mobile version of 7 Zwerge: Das Brettspiel is a jump-and-run game based on the Snow White fairy tale, and...

God of War: Betrayal J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2007) and J2ME (2007)

God of War: Betrayal is a mobile spin off of the PlayStation series of third person action games. It takes...

Gods DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), BlackBerry (2013), PC-98 (1992) and Acorn 32-bit (1992)

Hercules is aiming to achieve immortality by completing the task the Gods have set him. His task is presented as...

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this follow up to Hercules, you once again play Hercules who must traverse over 50 single screens in this...

Godzilla Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and MSX (1985)

Godzilla is a puzzle solving platform game in which you control the radioactive dinosaur Godzilla who is searching for his...

Goemon's Great Adventure Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Goemon and his friends return in this side-scrolling sequel to Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Bismaru, who looks like Goemon's friend...

SNES (1994)

Ackman is not what one would call a good person. His job is to murder and steal souls for the...

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