Axiom Verge

axiom-verge

Tom Happ Studios
PlayStation 4 | Vita | Windows
Director: Tom Happ

Ori and the Blind Forest

ori

Moon Studios
Xbox One
Director: Thomas Mahler

Rygar

rygar

Tecmo
NES
Director: Uncredited

 

Pitfall!

pitfall

Activision
Atari 2600
Director: David Crane

ROOTS: Taking the platformer beyond the single-screen jungle gyms of the Donkey Kong series, David Crane’s Pitfall turned run-and-jump action into a tool for navigating the vast virtual spaces we saw in the likes of Adventure and Zork, making it one of the most influential games ever.

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Donkey Kong

donkey kong

Nintendo
Arcade
Designer: Shigeru Miyamoto

ROOTS: The Metroidvania term combines two concepts: Action games and RPGs. But it also merges two franchises whose — Metroid and Castlevania — that revolved around platforming action. And where would platformers be without the influence of Donkey Kong?

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