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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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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...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

The Chip Factory is a single screen platform game based on the arcade game BurgerTime. You play the role of...

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...

Christmas Country CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1996)

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

Christmas Crisis CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1995)

Christmas Crisis is a 2D plaftorm game with a Christmas theme. The player plays as Santa Claus and has to...

Christmas Tale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Santa needs to get to the tree and light the Christmas lights. Help him get Christmas ready.Christmas Tale is a...

ExEn (2004)

Help the small goblins to rescue Santa Claus who has been poisoned by a malefic substance. Not he wants to...

Chris Unarmed Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Mango's monsters are causing chaos throughout the land. The only one who can stop these cute, yet pointy creatures is...

The Chronicles of Omega Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Chronicles of Omega is a side-scrolling platformer in which demons took control over the village Omega. The player takes...

Chronos Twin Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

When a mysterious alien being arrives on planet Skyla, the planet's inhabitants tried to make peace with it. However, its...

Chronovolt PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012)

Chronovolt is a 3D puzzle-platformer marble game in which the player has to guide his Chrono Sphere through the twists,...

Chubby Gristle ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Chubby Gristle the car park attendant is on a mission to get as much food into him as possible, and...

Chuckie Egg Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), J2ME (2004), Dragon 32/64 (1983), Android (2009), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1984)

In the game you play Hen House Harry who has to collect 12 (a dozen) eggs from each level, while...

Chuckie Egg II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Chuckie Egg II is a sequel to platformer game Chuckie Egg, but is very different from the original game. Whereas...

Chuckie Egg: The Next Batch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This freeware remake of the arcade game from 1983 expands the gameplay with more precise controls, new elements, and more...

Chuck Rock Genesis Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), SEGA CD (1992), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

Chuck Rock is your typical average cave man. He likes to spend his Sunday afternoons watching football and drinking beer....

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