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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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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....

Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck SEGA CD Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), SEGA CD (1993), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The story in this Chuck Rock game takes up a little while after the end of the first game. As...

CID the Dummy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2009)

CID The Dummy is a platformer featuring, as the title bespeaks, a crash dummy as the protagonist. Cid was endowed...

Circus Caper NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A boy named Tim and his little sister Judy go to a circus. They want to buy tickets to enter...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are Sid Chip and you are trapped in The Great Allonso's nightmare consisting of 20 circus rings full of...

BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

An old deserted castle is being used as a base for a dictator known as Marduk. It is being used...

SEGA CD (2002)

In Citizen X the player takes the role of a secret agent recruited off the street and placed in direct...

City Connection NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1986), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Arcade (1985)

In City Connection you must drive along on roads, painting them a different color. When you have all the roads...

CJ in the USA Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

The follow-up to CJ's Elephant Antics, in which we find that The Hunter has kidnapped CJ's brothers and sisters and...

CJ's Elephant Antics Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

CJ the baby elephant has fled captivity, and is desperate to reach his home in Africa. That means trekking halfway...

Clash Force iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Clash Force is a retro-inspired run and gun action game inspired by similar games on the NES such as Contra...

Claw Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Captain Claw, also called "The Surveyor of the Seven Seas", is an infamous and successful pirate. The feats of Nathaniel...

Claymates SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

From the creators of Clay Fighter comes a game about a shape-shifting ball of clay. You play as a boy...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this sequel to It's Clean-Up Time, Bobban and Otto are once again two wacky cleaners who have managed to...

Cliffhanger SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993) and SEGA CD (1993)

Standard side-scrolling fighter based off of the Stallone film of the same name. Sly must fight thugs and the elements...

Arcade (1990)

Edward Randy is an action game set in 1930-s in an unspecified European country. The story involves the development of...

Supervision (1992)

Climber is an action platform game starring a boy with a seemingly-endless supply of throwing knives. In addition to making...

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (2003), Apple II (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

HOMERUN! NUTS! That's not that great a thing for you as you are the batboy and must climb the structure...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Climb-It is based on the arcade game Donkey Kong. As in the original game, the player controls a young man...

Clockwork Knight SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1994)

Clockwork Knight is a game that depicts the sometimes friendly, sometimes combative, secret lives of toys. Betsy has a huge...

Clockwork Knight 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Clockwork Knight 2 is the second game featuring the adventures of Sir Tongara de Pepperouchau III. It has the same...

Cloning Clyde Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Clyde is, put simply, the dumbest human being in existence. When he's asked to be a part of an important...

Closure Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Closure is a puzzle platformer of 30 levels with a game mechanic based on light and darkness. The goal for...

Closure Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Closure is an enhanced and reworked version of the 2009 browser title of the same name. It is a puzzle...

Cloudberry Kingdom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2013)

In Cloudberry Kingdom, the player takes the role of the retired hero Bob. As the princess is kidnapped once again...

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