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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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Chariots of Wrath Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You are prince Agar of the Forgotten Kingdom. Your arch-rival, the Baron, has kidnapped the Princess Arthena, your future Queen....

DOS (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Charlie Chaplin is a unique game, in which player takes part of the world-wide famous comic. As Charlie Chaplin player...

DOS (2001) and Windows (2006)

Charlie II is the successor of Charlie the Duck. Once again, you playing the duck Charlie across many different levels...

Charlie's Angels GameCube Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Play as the three Charlie's Angels girl private investigators in this game based on the characters of the two movie...

DOS (1996)

Charlie the Duck is a scrolling platform action game in Mario style, starring a cute little duck named Charlie. The...

Charlotte's Web Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Charlotte's Web is based on the new 2006 holiday hit movie released by Nickelodean Movies, Walden Media, and Paramount Pictures....

DOS (1996)

Charly the Clown is a classic platform game where the player controls Charly the Clown, trying to escape a jungle...

J2ME (2003) and ExEn (2003)

Help the Halliwell sisters to rescue each other and defeat the demons in a 3 castles puzzle/action game. Charmed is...

Cheer Bear's Sweet Ride Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Cheer Bear is apparently on his way to a birthday party with the other Care Bears. With his hovering skateboard...

Cheese Cat-Astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995), Game Gear (1995) and SEGA Master System (1995)

Hola! Sylvester's alter-ego, Dr Cheesefinger, has captured Speedy's girlfriend Carmel and took the whole cheese supply with him. With the...

Cheese Dreams Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The moon has been kidnapped by a spaceship of space mice. The player must guide the moon through various levels...

Cheesy PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

CTA's first venture on the Playstation was a platform style game which incorporated several first person elements.Cheesy the mouse (and...

CheetahMen II NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Dr. Morbis is out to destroy the Cheetahmen with all new traps and dangers. It is up to the Cheetahmen...

Chelnov: Atomic Runner Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Arcade (1988)

One windy day, there was an explosion at a nuclear power station, causing heavy doses of radiation to be poured...

Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Genesis (1992)

The game's hero is the Frito-Lay mascot, Chester the Cheetah. Chester leaves peacefully in a zoo with other animals, until...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1993)

Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest is the sequel to Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool in the series based on...

Chew Man Fu Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2007)

Chew Man Fu has set a curse to rob the world of fried rice, egg rolls and all its other...

Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005) and Wii (2009)

Chibi-Robo is a four inch tall rechargeable robot whose sole purpose is to make its owners happy. Accompanied by its...

chick chick BOOM Wii Front Cover http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/c0MFvLZUc6Tn9BAHP0txs_qkXFzD0kno

Wii (2010)

In chick chick BOOM two chick teams fight each other using funny attacks like pink elephants and old pianos. There...

Browser (2007)

Chick Chick Boom is a flash game and was developed by German developer Extra Toxic, published by Nintendo of Europe....

Chicken Chase Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Oric (1984)

Players control a cock who is making sure that his wife delivers at least one of her children into the...

Android (2012)

In this quirky little puzzler, the player must guide ten newly hatched chicks to their home. The gameplay is in...

Chiki Chiki Boys Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Arcade (1990)

This platform-based action game is set in the land of Alurea. The idyllic life of the Alurean people was shattered...

Child of Light Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Child of Light is a role-playing game played as a 2D platformer with turn-based battles. The game is set in...

Child of Light (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

This limited edition package includes: Child of Light (game download code) Child of Light: Golem Pack (DLC download code) Child...

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