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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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Caves of Doom ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are trapped in the caves of the evil Lord of Doom, and must somehow find your way out. The...

Cave Story Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2005), Dreamcast (2013), Amiga (2008), Macintosh (2005), Nintendo DSi (2010), GP2X (2007) and GP2X Wiz (2011)

Cave Story is a metroidvania platformer with the amnesiac soldier Quote finding a city of rabbits called Mimigas. The Mimigas...

Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Cave Story is a re-release of the original Cave Story and meant to replace the 2010 DSi version. As technical...

Cave Story Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

The WiiWare version of Cave Story is an updated version of the original game. The visuals have been updated to...

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Cave Story+ is an enhanced version of the original Cave Story. Compared to other versions it is the most complete...

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Cave Story 3D is an enhanced remake of Cave Story and the first version for the 3DS platform. The most...

The Cave Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Wii U (2013) and Ouya (2013)

The Cave is a platform adventure game that tells the story of seven characters who descend into an ancient, self-aware...

TRS-80 CoCo (1986)

The sequel to Downland, Cave Walker more than doubled the number of playable levels. Also new is a practice mode...

Cecco Collection Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

This collection is named after the famous designer and programmer Raffaele Cecco. It contains 4 of his best known games:...

Cedric and the Lost Sceptre Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995)

Young Cedric is madly in love with the Princess, but he has to prove to the King that he's worthy...

Cédric: La chasse au trésor Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

In the "real" world, Cédric is a Franco-Belgian comics series (and also an animated series loosely based on the comics)...

Windows (2002)

This game is an amusing extension of the Game of Life: fidgety swarms of tiny critters wage a war against...

Cereus Peashy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

A side-scrolling platformer set in The Badlands universe, it stars Cereus as the protagonist. He is a Peachy and when...

Chack'n Pop NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1984), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984), Arcade (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Chack'n Pop is considered a predecessor of Bubble Bobble. It is a platform game where a roundish yellow creature, named...

DOS (1990)

Chagunitzu is the predecessor of Paganitzu, and contains similar gameplay. The game is a top down puzzle game, where the...

ChainDive PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

ChainDive is a 3D side-scrolling action game, similar to Namco's Klonoa. The player controls Shark, a mysterious man clad in...

Atari ST (1991)

Chain Reaction is a Columns clone for one or two players. Blocks falls down from the top of the screen...

Chakan Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

Chakan is a fairly standard platform game in which you control a dead guy (Chakan has lost his soul) through...

NES (1990)

In the land of Lorin, Lady Ninita has been kidnapped by the evil necromancer Demiwind. Sir Burkelot has to fight...

Casio PV-1000 (1984) and Arcade (1983)

A single-screen arcade platformer where you play a sneaky chameleon that wants to eat all hen's eggs, placed in nests...

Chameleon Twist Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Davy the chameleon is minding his own business, when a rabbit catches his eye. Following the rabbit into its hole,...

Chameleon Twist 2 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

After finding his way back home from his first adventure, Davy decides to relax with his friends. However, while playing...

Championship Lode Runner PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), MSX (1986), Wii (2009), PC-88 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

A follow-up to the original Lode Runner, with identical gameplay. This package contained 50 of the most challenging levels ever...

DOS (1996)

CHAMP Kong is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Donkey Kong arcade machine. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

Chapolim x Drácula: Um Duelo Assustador SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1994)

Vampires' population in Transilvania has increased a lot lately, and there's not enough human blood to feed them all. To...

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