Donkey Kong is a video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto. It follows the adventures of an ape named Donkey Kong and his clan of other apes and monkeys. The franchise primarily consists of platform games, originally single-screen action puzzle games and later side-scrolling platformers. The gameplay itself was a large improvement over other games of its time, and with the growing base of arcades to sell to, it was able to gain huge distribution. In the game, Jumpman (renamed Mario) must ascend a construction site while avoiding obstacles such as barrels and fireballs to rescue his girlfriend Pauline from Donkey Kong.