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Platform

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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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...

China Miner Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

China Miner is a single screen platform game where you play Wally who is the only person to know the...

Chip Chan Kick! PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1996)

This is a platform game similar in style to Bubble Bobble and particularly to Parasol Stars. There are two playable...

Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Arcade (1990)

The rescue rangers are tiny heroes. Consisting of two chipmunks, two mice and a fly... these heroes may be small...

Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers: The Adventures in Nimnul's Castle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Based on the famous animation series by Disney.In the game the player controls Chip helped by Dale (automatically controlled by...

PlayStation (1999)

The Adventure of Little Ralph is a 2D platformer. In this game the player controls Ralph, who has been turned...

Chivalry Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1983)

Chivalry is a medieval-themed computer board game where players must rescue the King from the dreaded Black Knight.The game is...

Chop Chop Runner iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and Android (2014)

Chop Chop Runner is very similar to Canabalt but instead of a man in a suit, the player controls a...

MSX (1984)

The Choro Q video game is based on Takara's Choro Q cars (also known as Penny Racers). In each level...

Christmas Collection Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In 1989 this collection would have been a nice Christmas gift. At least this is what the title tells us....

Windows (2004)

Christmas Conquest 1 is a 2D platformer, made as a prototype for a Christmas game-making competition. The gameplay is similar...

Windows (2005)

Christmas Conquest 2 is a 2D platform game with gameplay similar to the Mega Man games. Just like in the...

CD-i (1996)

Christmas Country is a 2D platform game for the CD-i with a Christmas setting. The game is aimed at younger...

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