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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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom NES Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1989), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

The computer versions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are conversions of the Atari arcade game based on...

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2009)

Indiana Jones gets the Super Star Wars treatment for SNES. The title consists of platform levels from the first three...

Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom is an Indiana Jones game that isn't based on a movie. Indy is looking...

inFAMOUS: Precinct Assault Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

inFAMOUS: Precinct Assault is a short, 2D-sidescrolling game made to promote the release of the PlayStation 3 title inFAMOUS. Players...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The player's character is locked in an infernal house full of deadly traps. He must escape by collecting all the...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are a secret agent sent on an important mission to recover enemy documents. There are enemy assassins trying to...

I-Ninja PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

A robot army led by Master O-Dor has destroyed the ninja clan. As the last of your kind you must...

inMomentum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

inMomentum is a futuristic platform racing game through a 3D environment. The game consists of twelve levels with floating platforms,...

Inquisitive Dave Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dave wakes up in a cell, having no idea who he is and where he came from. The only thing...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Insecticide is a handheld take on the PC version. In the future, Insects have become the dominant species on Earth...

Insecticide: Part 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Insecticide: Part 1 is set in a world that has been overtaken by insects. It takes place a long time...

Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Crazy Maze PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

According to the story of Gadget's Crazy Maze, Inspector Gadget's mysterious arch-nemesis is up to no good once again. This...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Go Go Gadget!!! Once again the evil Dr. Claw has brought misery onto the world by unleashing a horrible new...

Inspector Parker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Something sinister has happened at Misanthorpe Manor. Old Aunt Agatha, the wealthy and mean owner of the Manor, was murdered....

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

It is a collection of ten classical board games. Each of them runs from a common menu. These games are...

Atari ST (1991)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone. A large group of aliens ordered in 5 rows with 9 columns moves back...

The Invincible Iron Man Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Trouble at Stark Enterprises: Tony Stark aka Iron Man finds that one of his Iron Man suits has been stolen....

Irekae Maho-chan Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Irekae Maho-chan ("Exchange Maho-chan") is a puzzle platform game where the player controls the young girl Maho-chan, who has the...

Arcade (1984)

Big Brother, the robotic overlord, watches his realm with his all-seeing Evil Eyes keeping his servant droids in line. The...

Windows (2006)

Iron Chef is a single player timed platform game.Cookie and Bread are two cute characters living in the village of...

IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The mighty warrior Kuros has defeated the evil wizard Malkil in the previous game. However, Malkil did not perish, and...

iRunner Android Front Cover

Android (2011)

In iRunner the player takes control over Mr. I, a yellow character with a feather on his head whose goal...

Browser (2012)

i saw her standing there but then she was a zombie is a game about a young man's relationship with...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

The purpose of this game, which take place on the 12x12 matrix board is to block the opponent (computer). Every...

iStunt iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In iStunt the player controls a snowboarder, helping him to get to the finish of the level. In-between are hills,...

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