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Platform

Description

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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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In the third game in the Dan Dare series, Dan has been kidnapped by the evil Treens, lead by Dan's...

Dan Dare III: The Escape Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In the third game in the Dan Dare series, Dan has been kidnapped by an evil alien race known as...

Dan Dare II: Mekon's Revenge Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Mekon, the arch-enemy of humanity with an insatiable lust for power, is back. He’s created the SuperTreens, a genetically engineered...

DOS (1994)

Dan's girlfriend disappears when he least expects it, and now he's trapped in the world of video games! You control...

Danger Mouse in Double Trouble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Baron Greenback has created a clone of Danger Mouse, and needless to say his intentions are not good. Naturally, Danger...

Apple II (1995)

Dangerous Dave has been thrown into an asylum. It's the player's task to guide him through ten levels to get...

DOS (1990) and Apple II (1988)

Guide Dave through ten terrifying levels as he tries to reclaim his trophies from a deserted pirate's hideout! This is...

Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and J2ME (2008)

Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion (a.k.a Dave 2) is a sequel to Dangerous Dave. In this side-scrolling action game...

Apple II (1992)

The famous French art thief Bobby Forget has stolen artwork from around the world and he hid them on a...

DOS (1993)

Dangerous Dave is back in this gory and macabre side-scrolling action game. Battle wolves and other man-killing creatures with your...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Danger Ranger is an early, fixed-screen platform game. It is set on two screens.On the first screen, consisting of five...

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Denis makes his debut as a stuntman. He has to impress the director and earn wages by performing stunts. Each...

Commodore 64 (1984)

This is the sequel to the original Daredevil Denis for the Electron/BBC Micro. After the events of the first game...

Dark Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Dark is an abstract, atmospheric puzzle-platformer that takes place in several very dark environments. The player controls what appears to...

DOS (1991)

You are the prince and heir to the land's greatest kingdom. Garth, a wizard of immense power and greed, banished...

Dark Angael Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Dark Angael is a 2D run-and-gun platform game with a mystical fantasy theme. In this game you play as Carina,...

Dark Castle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple IIgs (1989), CD-i (1991) and Macintosh (1986)

The Black Knight has brought misery to the land, and the end way to end this is to enter his...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2006)

This enhanced remake of the original medieval Mac platformer combines one dozen choice levels from the original game and its...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Dark Caves is a H.E.R.O. clone in which the you control a treasure hunter searching for treasure under the surface...

Darkman Amiga Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Based on the film by Sam Raimi. You play Peyton Westlake, returned from the dead as the many faced "Darkman",...

Darkness Hour Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Darkness Hour is a timed action platform game. The goal of the player is to find the designated number of...

Darksiders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Darksiders has players take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who has been...

Darksiders (Hellbook Edition) Windows Front Cover Box

Windows (2010)

This special edition is exclusive to pre-orders and it contains: Darksiders Artbook Comic Book Four art cards Original Soundtrack (included...

Darksiders II Windows Front Cover

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

Darksiders II is an action-adventure game and the sequel to Darksiders. It takes place parallel to the first game where...

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II (Angel of Death Edition) is a special edition exclusive to pre-orders through specific retailers. It contains: Darksiders II...

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