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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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Code Name: Viper NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Set against the backdrop of the war on drugs from the late 1980s/early 1990s, Code Name: Viper directly confronts the...

Coil Cop Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The star of Thing on a Spring returns in this sequel. The evil Toy Goblin is up to his old...

Coin World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Coin World is a platform game, where you control Colin the Coin on his quest to collect all lost coins,...

DOS (1995)

Journey to the red planet of Swandah to prove your worth as a galactic knight. In the time-honored tradition of...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

In this game you play the role of a cleaner who works at a museum. The gameplay involves you collecting...

Collapse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Collapse is a simple puzzle game where players control Zen the Mole who is presented with a network of sticks...

DOS (1997)

In one bad day for humans, mankind was overwhelmed by an alien's captors. It was written year 2013 and human...

Atari ST (1992)

Color Clash is a platform puzzle game. The player controls a chameleon that can change into different colors, each color...

Macintosh (1994)

This is the color remake of the original Dark Castle. While it's a remake, it also includes some new things...

Colour My Heart Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Colour My Heart is a short game of exploration in a detailed, monochrome world. Even though there are small platforming...

DOS (1992)

In the puzzle-game you have to gather the pictures divided on 30 fragments placed on sides of bricks. You are...

Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Loosely based on the tank portion of the Atari 2600 cart that originally came packed with the console, Combat brings...

Combat Course DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Lace up those boots soldier, and get ready for five levels of challenging action in this boot camp simulator. As...

DOS (1992)

In the simulation of another CBS' TV gameshow with 1,000 questions you can play with a friend or challenge a...

Comet Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Comet is an obstacle-course platform game much like The Impossible Game or Canabalt. The player controls their Xbox Avatar, which...

Comic Bakery Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and MSX (1984)

A baker tries to bake and deliver bread while fighting raccoons. Pieces of bread are moving along a factory line....

Comic Jumper Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Comic book super hero Captain Smiley and his sidekick Star are down on their luck. The last issue of the...

Commander Keen Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Commander Keen is a platform action game similar to the earlier installments of the series, though with more colorful and...

DOS (1990)

Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze, an eight-year-old genius, has flied to Mars in his Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket build out of common household...

DOS (1990)

Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes is the second game in the first trilogy of Commander Keen platform games, called...

DOS (1990)

Commander Keen has already foiled the Vorticons' plans to destroy Earth. Now he heads to their home planet in order...

Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle is a platform game, the fourth in the Commander Keen series as a...

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is a platform game, the fifth in the Commander Keen series as a whole,...

Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! is a platform game, the sixth in the Commander Keen series as...

Commander Keen Combo CD Windows Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (2007)

This compilation includes the five original episodes:Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons: Episode 1: Marooned on Mars Episode 2: The...

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