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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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MSX (1985) and SG-1000 (1985)

C-So! is a platform game in which you control a man that has to collect items like flowers, apples and...

PlayStation (2003) and Game Boy Advance (2002)

CT Special Forces is a side scrolling platform shooter that has a superficial similarity to the games of the Metal...

CT Special Forces: Back in the Trenches Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PlayStation (2003) and Game Boy Advance (2003)

CT Special Forces: Back to Hell is the sequel to CT Special Forces and the story picks up right where...

The Cure MSX Front Cover

MSX (2005)

Winning entry in the MSXdev'05 coding competition, The Cure is an arcade jump&run heavily influenced by Konami's classic Vampire Killer.The...

Curious George Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

When a curious monkey with a habit of accidentally causing mischief encounters a man dressed in yellow exploring the jungle,...

Curse of the Crescent Isle Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Today is the wedding day of the princess of the Crescent Isle, and everyone is attendance. Suddenly, the evil Warlock...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Cuthbert, Microdeal's mascot, is trapped inside a mine, filled with crawly creeps. He must climb the ladders out of the...

Commodore 64 (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Cuthbert, the versatile game protagonist, has this time gone into space. On a series of Joust-like levels, he must clear...

TRS-80 CoCo (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

In this episode in Cuthbert's adventurous life, he finds himself in something that could be described as hell, even though...

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel is a wrestling game in which the player can choose to control any of the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Players control a space marine who must search for droids on three planets - Geminus, Sirius, and Arius - while...

Amiga (1995)

Cyber Force: Zniewolony Umysł is a sci-fi action adventure game, similar to Flashback. In 2017 a scientist foresees the destruction...

CyberGenic Ranger: Secret of the Seventh Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Cybergenic Ranger is a side-scrolling shoot'em up arcade game where you must shoot your way to success. You have to...

Amiga (1994)

Cyber Kick is a science fiction platform game. The action takes place in the space base of renegades on Mars....

Cyber-Lip Neo Geo Front Cover SOFT CASE edition

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1990)

In 2020, the people of Earth has formed a colony and built an android army to defend this colony against...

Cybernator SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

In a future where fossil fuels are limited, major countries and forces of the world are at war with one...

Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot is a mobile game based on Mike Pondsmith's pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk. The player takes...

The Cyber Shinobi SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990)

In the previous game, an evil army of villains, known simply as "Zeed" , but some of them escaped, however....

SNES (1994)

Nine young people were turned into cyborgs by a company trying to take over the world. They have defeated this...

SEGA CD (1993)

Cyborg 009 is a side-scrolling platform action game based on the famous manga and anime series created by Shōtarō Ishinomori....

CYPHER Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

CYPHER is a fast online multiplayer platform shooter. Take the role of agents and infiltrate the government by hacking servers....

Cyril Cyberpunk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In a futuristic Manhattan, a normal kid called Cyril is scanning the airwaves and receives some information about an alien...

Daffy Duck Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Daffy Duck dons the futuristic outfit of Duck Dodgers, hero of the 24½th century, to battle his nemesis Marvin the...

Daffy Duck: "Fowl Play" Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

In Daffy Duck: Fowl Play, Daffy is in search of a hidden treasure that Bugs Bunny told him about. Unfortunately,...

Daffy Duck in Hollywood Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Yosemite Sam calls on Detective Daffy Duck to attempt to retrieve his precious golden movie awards. Mad Professor Duckbrain has...

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