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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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Conker's Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2001)

Conker the Squirrel has had a really bad day. Too much partying, too much booze - and the result is...

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Three star stones have been hidden in locked treasure chests within a castle inhabited by dragons, guards, spiders, tarantulas wizards...

Conquest of the Crystal Palace NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Long ago the Crystal Palace was a thriving kingdom, however the evil war spirit Zaras appeared one day and brought...

Browser (2009)

As the makers of the game describe it, Continuity is a sliding-tile puzzle platformer. Each level of game has a...

Continuum DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Continuum is a 3D game viewed from third-person perspective. The player pilots a "Mobile", a craft which bounces off of...

Contra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Xbox 360 (2006) and Arcade (1987)

In the year 2631, a small meteorite has fallen into the Galuga archipelago, located 20km northeast off the coast of...

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Based on the SNES classic, Contra III: The Alien Wars, your job is to clean out 6 levels filled with...

Contra Force NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Contra Force, a special forces team including Commando Burn, Smith, Beans, and Iron, protects Neo City from the terrorist group,...

Contra ReBirth Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Contra -ReBirth- follows on the heels of other contemporary Konami titles that revisit classic series, such as Contra 4 and...

Contrast Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Contrast is an action game with platforming elements which focuses on light and shadow. It is set in a noir...

Browser (2011)

A platform game with a couple of twists, the Convergence puts the player in control of two avatars, a man...

The Cool Croc Twins DOS Front Cover

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

Cool Croc Twins is a platform game where, as one of the cool crocodile twins Punk and Funk, you try...

Windows (1998)

Coolrun v2.0 is a classic platform game. The protagonist must make his way through six levels while avoiding enemies such...

Cool Spot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Game Boy (1994), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Cool Spot is a colorful 2D platform game featuring the 7-Up mascot as the main protagonist. The game objective is...

Cool World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1993), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

A licensed game based on the live action/animation movie "Cool World"You play Frank Harris and your task is to stop...

Cordy iPad Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Cordy is a side-scrolling platformer with a similar perspective to Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, in which the player controls the...

Amiga (1993)

Corkers Compilation for the Amiga contains the following four games: Blob Wonder Dog Blastar Cyberpunks

Windows (2002)

Cosgrove's Umbrella is a single player platform game that was created using Gamemaker software.The main character, Cosgrove, is a blob...

Cosmic Osmo's Hex Isle Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Cosmic Osmo's Hex Isle is the sequel to Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel. Osmo has been banished...

Cosmic Relief: Prof. Renegade to the Rescue Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Acorn 32-bit (1988)

This multi-level action/adventure takes players back 40 years to find Professor K.K. Renegade, who predicts that a catastrophic asteroid is...

Cosmic Spacehead DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), NES (1992), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Linus had crash landed on a distant planet called Earth, and made his way back home again. Trouble is, no...

Amiga (1989)

Cosmo Ranger: S.O.L. AD 2000 is a futuristic sci-fi driven side-scrolling platform and elevators’ style shoot em’ up action game....

Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure: Forbidden Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

An alien loses his family on a alien planet and must find them. The alien is called Cosmo and can...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Count Duckula 2 is a continuation of Count Duckula. It's a game based on the cartoon series. In this game,...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Count Duckula (in No Sax Please - We're Egyptian) is a 2D platformer with adventure elements. The game is based...

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