User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shank Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of...

Shank 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shank 2 is the sequel to Shank and just like the first game it is a 2D side-scrolling platformer based...

Shantae Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The small fishing village of Scuttle Town is a quiet and peaceful place, thanks mainly to its protector, the self-appointed...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Nintendo 3DS Front Cover Prerelease

Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in the Shantae series. After losing her genie powers in the...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shao Lin's Road Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

The arcade follow-up to Yie Ar Kung Fu switches from the one-on-one style into a platform beat 'em up design....

Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

The Dark Ones have captured the Ring of Five and imprisoned the wizards that guard it. A barbarian named Lykos...

DOS (1986)

Shawl is a logical arcade game dealing with card suits. Circles of different colors, radii, and card suits appear in...

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper is a collection of the following games: Sheepoid DX is a re-release of Sheepoid (a...

Shift 2 iPhone Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), Browser (2008), iPhone (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Shift 2 is a platform game where your only objective is to reach the exit on each level. There are...

Shift 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The third game in the online browser Shift series keeps the original gameplay but with a few new features. The...

Shinobi DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Xbox 360 (2009), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

You control a ninja, Shinobi, who must battle his way through each level in search of hostages which must be...

Shinobi Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Shinobi is not necessarily a sequel nor a remake. At it's core, it's an infusion of modern technology, control and...

Shinobi II: The Silent Fury Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992)

The second Shinobi game for the Game Gear, it’s a 2D side-scrolling platform game with basic strategy elements. You have...

Shit Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As the name implies, Shit Game does not sport much ambition, but behind the name and the apparently sloppily drawn...

TRS-80 CoCo (1985) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Shock Trooper is a refined arcade adventure where you, as a fifth column shocktrooper, must infiltrate an alien base and...

DOS (1995)

The game was released as a part of a marketing campaign of an Israeli chocolate spread of the same name....

Commodore 64 (1991)

Shooting Stars 3 is a compilation that includes the following six games: Magic Tile Quiwi Draconus Zybex Las Vegas Darts...

Shoot Many Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shoot Many Robots is a run-and-gun platform shooter that can be played with up to four people cooperatively. The player...

Shovel Knight Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

In ancient medieval times, the land belonged to lords and heroes. In that day there was many a mighty warrior,...

The Showdown Effect Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The Showdown Effect is a side scrolling multiplayer action game inspired by action movies of the 1980s. The game features...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Control Puss in Boots and his friends, Shrek and Donkey, as you experience the Shrek 2 movie from an all...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

'Shrek: Hassle at the Castle' is a game based on the Oscar award winning movie Shrek. In the game you...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Shrek: Reekin' Havoc is a 2D beat'em up game set in the Shrek universe. The action takes place after the...

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