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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Jersey Devil PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Jersey City is in trouble when evil Dr. Knarf and his pumpkin headed-assistant Dennis, rule. Dr. Knarf creates evil mutant...

Jet Ball iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Jet Ball is a Breakout-variant very similar to Arkanoid. Using a paddle and a ball, the player has to destroy...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Music notes have escaped throughout the world, and Jet-Boot Jack must collect them up. There are ten levels, the first...

DOS (1991)

Remaking the classic Spectrum game 'Jetpac' from Ultimate Play the Game, the titular hero must fly around shooting aliens, initially...

Windows (2008)

JetMizzy is a platform game where you control a jetpack-riding smiley face. On each level, the goal is to assemble...

Jetpac ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Jetman has crash-landed on a distant planet, with ledges suspended in mid-air and populated by various nasties, and he must...

Atari ST (1992)

First assemble your rocket by collecting the three rocket pieces with your jetpack, then fill it with fuel by collecting...

Jetpack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You are an explorer trying to gather green gems from more than 100 small dungeons. You have a jetpack and...

DOS (1993)

Jetpack Christmas Special is a freeware edition of Jetpack featuring new, Christmas themed levels from the original developers. In this...

Jetpack Jackass Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In Jetpack Jackass, the player controls a man with a jet pack. The man tries to get as high as...

Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

As a delivery pilot for the Acme Interstellar Transport Company, you're sent to far off distant planets to deliver rocket...

Jetpak: Solar Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This remake of the platform game of 1983 completely updates the presentation, replacing the graphics and sounds with new ones...

Jet Power Jack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In this platform-action-game based on Jet Pac you have to collect the fuel pods for Jack's flying saucer. To do...

Jet Set Willy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1998), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Xbox 360 (2012), Dragon 32/64 (1985), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2012), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Cult hero Matthew Smith followed up Manic Miner with a seminal platform game. Having struck it lucky in the first...

DOS (1999), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This freeware remake of the 8-bit classic from 1984 updates the graphics and sounds, adding a unique classical melody for...

DOS (2001)

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is the remake of the second chapter of Miner Willy's adventures. In the...

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986), iPad (2011) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

This platform game is the sequel of Jet Set Willy. Again has each room its own hazards, such as spikes,...

Windows (2006)

Jet Set Willy: Online is an online multiplayer version of Jet Set Willy. Each player chooses a name and avatar...

Dragon 32/64 (1988)

JSW Screen Designer starts out by letting you transfer the tape-only Jet Set Willy to disk, and, as its main...

NES (1992)

The Jetsons: Cogwell's Caper is based on the well-known Jetsons property from Hanna-Barbera. In this spin-off adventure, George Jetson is...

The Jetsons: Robot Panic Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

This is a multi-character platformer based on The Jetsons cartoon. Users can play as either Elroy, Judy, Jane, and finally...

Jewel Master Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

As the peaceful kingdom Mythgard came close to being overthrown by the evil demon king Jardine the Mad, the Elemental...

Jill of the Jungle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Jill of the Jungle is the first episode of a shareware series. It is a platform game where the player...

Jill of the Jungle: Jill Goes Underground DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Jill of the Jungle 2 is the second in the Jill of the Jungle trilogy. It follows the same concept,...

Jill of the Jungle: Jill Saves the Prince DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The final installment in the Jill of the Jungle trilogy features improved animations, new graphics, new music, new levels and...

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