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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Windows (2002)

Stickman is a simplistic platform game where the player in each level must locate the exit to the next level....

Windows (2002)

You play a pencil-drawn Stick Soldier and kill off any and all other (re-spawning) soldiers in the area before they...

CD-i (1994)

Stickybear: Math is an educational title for children ages 6 and up based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. In the...

Stir Crazy featuring BoBo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Thomson TO (1988)

BoBo is a cartoon style arcade game. The main character is Bobo, an inmate who has been sentenced for seventeen...

DOS (1998)

In StixWorld you control a stick-figure character created by a little girl in her notebook. It turns out she had...

SNES (1994)

Stone Protectors is a an action game where each character has different weapons, all from melée to long-range weapons such...

Stop the Bots Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Windows Phone (2014), Ouya (2014) and GameStick (2013)

Earth is under attack from an evil robots to steal the planet's resources. Intrepid Hero decides to visit the robots`...

Stormlord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Symbian (2005)

Badh the queen has imposed a terrible vengeance on the land by kidnapping the fairies. To restore things their rightful...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You play as a Templar-style Knight, the Storm Warrior, through various different style levels (or mini-games) including an opening gladiatorial...

Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

You play as Strawberry Shortcake, dreaming of a would full of friendship, love and strawberries. But when a greedy baker...

Streaker MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are a streaker with not a stitch on you, in the streets. As you go from room to room...

Stream Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Stream is a short, monochromatic game about time manipulation. It uses the same concept previously explored in Braid, The Misadventures...

Stream Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Browser (2011)

Stream is a first-person game set in a monochrome world where the player needs to traverse different areas, using time...

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight NES Front Cover

NES (1990), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

The player is Ken, the hero of the Street Fighter series. It's been 25 years since he last participated in...

Street Fighter Series DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Street Fighter Series is a collection of the first two Street Fighter games - Street Fighter and Street Fighter II....

Strider Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1994), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2011), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1989)

The year is 2089 AD. In Russia, the evil Grand Master Meio has begun his insane plot to take over...

Strider NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The Striders are a global organization of infiltration specialists who work to combat villainy and keep the world safe. From...

Strider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strider is a modern reinterpretation of Capcom's arcade classic Strider, with some gameplay elements borrowed from the NES version. The...

Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are a certain man, playing against a girl called Marilyn over 20 rounds of a poker game. In each...

Stryx DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You star as half-robot operative Stryx. Dome City is under attack by KILLER CYBORG ASSASSINS! You navigate Stryx through numerous...

Stuart Little 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Help Stuart solve puzzles and explore action-packed scenes from the popular movie. Activities include mazes, skateboarding, flying, and driving. Approachable...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Stuart Little 3: Big Photo Adventure is a single-player children's game starring the talking mouse, Stuart Little.Stuart has accidentally ruined...

Stuart Little: Big City Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Stuart Little: Big City Adventures is a software title for children.Stuart's adventure starts with him sailing his boat in the...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Stuntman Seymour is a side-scrolling platform game. The protagonist, Seymour, as a stuntman must make his way through four movie...

Suburban Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.If you're a US American, the mention of the name...

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