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Category description: Today more often referred to as a "platformer" or "platform game", Super Mario inspired countless other games where the primary mechanic involves running, jumping, and sometimes even flying around the levels. Commander Keen, the unofficial mascot of the site, was an early example on the PC.
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Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure

Play in browser1992SharewareSidescrolling Apogee Software
Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure is one of Apogee's great EGA sidescrollers. Having been apparently abandoned by his parents, … VIEW

Crystal Caves

Play in browser1990SharewareSidescrolling Apogee Software
An interesting (although in many ways average) EGA sidescroller created by Apogee right around the same time as the … VIEW

Crystal Jane

Play in browser2004FreewareSidescrolling Upr00ted Tree Software
This platforming game is as basic as it gets. It seems like a "first game" sort of project that, while incredibly … VIEW

Dangerous Dave

Play in browser1990FreewareSidescrolling iD SoftwareSoftdisk Publishing
Before creating Keen, Wolfenstein, and Doom, John Romero was programming small games for SoftDisk, which back then … VIEW

Dark Ages: Volume 1, Prince of Destiny

Play in browser1991Full versionSidescrolling Scenario SoftwareApogee Software
This game was pretty high tech back in '91. Today, Dark Ages seems a little dated, and gameplay-wise it doesn't have … VIEW

Darkwolf

Play in browser1994SharewareSidescrolling D'India Software
This simple platform game contains some interesting concepts, such as the ability to have and use different magic powers … VIEW

Diamond Dash

Play in browser1993SharewareSidescrolling David Fleming
Diamond Dash borrows heavily from the classic Lode Runner game. It involves ladders, getting chased by baddies, … VIEW

Doublespyguy

Play in browser1990SharewareSidescrolling Jay Carson
DoubleSpyGuy, due to its nature as a text-mode sidescrolling jumping game, features limited graphics, sounds, and … VIEW

Dreamworld Adventure

Play in browser1995SharewareSidescrolling Future-Fashion
This German platforming game has a simple structure: Collect fruits and other bonuses, avoid enemies, and get to the … VIEW

Duke Nukem

Play in browser1991SharewareSidescrolling Apogee Software
One of my all-time favorite action platformers. It just has excellent level design, items, enemies, and interactivity. … VIEW

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