User Review: Wolfenstein 3D by id Software (1992)

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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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Game Boy Advance (2004)

The cheerleader and undercover secret agent, Kim Possible, returns in her second platform game for the Game Boy Advance. Based...

Kim Possible 3: Team Possible Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Kim returns to battle fiendish villains once again, but this time she's got help in the form of her klutzy...

Kim Possible: Kimmunicator Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The insane Dr. Drakken and his sidekick Shego have kidnapped Kim's techno-geek friend, Wade, and it's up to you to...

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Chain of Memories kicks off where the PS2 original left off, with our hero Sora and his companions Donald and...

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded is a remake of Kingdom Hearts Coded that was released for Mobile, only in Japan. The...

King Kong Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

King Kong has taken a lady to the top of the Empire State Building. It is up to you to...

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Based on the FOX animation series of the same name, KOTH is about this Texas Families and their misadventures with...

Kingsley's Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Kingsley's Adventure is a 3D action-adventure game for the PlayStation in a similar vein as The Legend of Zelda. In...

MSX (1985)

King's Valley is a puzzle game in which you need to collect all the treasures by drilling and cutting your...

King's Valley II MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988)

King's Valley 2 is a puzzle game and a follow-up to King's Valley. Once again you need to collect all...

VIC-20 (1985)

In King Tut the player takes the role of Archie, a lion-hearted explorer who has entered the tomb of Tutankhamun,...

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2008)

Kirby's adventure for the Nintendo 64 is a polygonal side-scroller similar to Klonoa - however, unlike Klonoa, the game only...

Kirby: Mass Attack Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Kirby: Mass Attack is the latest in a long history of titles starring Nintendo's pink puffball hero. In the tradition...

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland is a remake of Kirby's Adventure. The core gameplay has been changed little, with Kirby absorbing...

Kirby's Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1993), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2013)

One day Kirby is surprised to discover that he cannot have any dreams during his customary after-lunch nap. Soon he...

Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

This compilation consists of six games released on the Game Boy, NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 from 1992 to 2000:...

Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Dedede, King of Dream Land, is a penguin-like creature who is too gluttonous for his own good. Gathering food for...

Kirby's Dream Land 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

The lovable Kirby returns to the Game Boy! This time the bridges connecting the rainbow bridges have disappeared and King...

Kirby's Epic Yarn Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

The plot of Kirby's Epic Yarn largely revolves around Nintendo's cutesy cream-puff being dragged out of his normal world by...

Kirby: Squeak Squad Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Kirby is enjoying his picnic until someone snatches his strawberry cake. As usual, it turns out be his eternal rival,...

Wii (2011)

Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game and the first traditional Kirby platform game since Kirby...

Kirby Super Star SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Kirby Super Star is a platformer in the Kirby series, distinguished by having an unusually versatile character, who can fly...

Kirby Super Star Ultra Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Kirby's back with a bunch of fun adventures! Explore Dream Land and defeat King Dedede, tame the ferocious Dynablade, explore...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby stars in his first four-player simultaneous adventure! There's trouble in neighboring Mirror World, but when Kirby goes off to...

Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

King Dedede is at it again, this time taking all of the stars from the sky. Thankfully for Dreamland, Kirby...

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