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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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Browser (2010)

Crate Crash is a online physics puzzler game, where the player has to clear the screen of different sized boxes...

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1994)

Five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara is the epitome of noisy children: loud and inappropriate, infuriating to his parents, and hilarious to onlookers....

Crazy Chicken: Heart of Tibet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Moorhuhn Indy, the chicken treasure hunter, goes on a journey to the SingSong Monks‘ monastery in order to obtain the...

Crazy Chicken: The Good, The Egg & The Ugly Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Once more, Moorhuhn takes a big leap into a new genre. The first Moorhuhn Jump & Run platform game takes...

Crazy Kong Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Crazy Kong is a single screen platform game based on the arcade game Donkey Kong where you have to get...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Inspired by the arcade game Donkey Kong, Crazy Kong is a single screen platform game where you have to get...

Amiga (1992)

Crazy Seasons is an arcade game about two cute penguin scientists who are working on a time machine on their...

Browser (2002)

The player finds themselves controlling a bestial white avatar running and jumping through a medieval 2D dungeon, pursued by faceless...

Creatures Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The inhabitants of the pretty but insignificant planet Blot decided to leave to find a trendier planet, and escape being...

Creatures 2: Torture Trouble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Creatures 2: Torture Trouble continues the events in the original Creatures. Clyde Radcliff, after eliminating the demons and saving his...

CreaVures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

CreaVures is a platformer based on cooperative gameplay and it is set in an eerie forest. The game consists of...

Crisis Mountain Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Crisis Mountain is a classic platform game. Your task is to defuse bombs left by terrorists in mountain caverns when...

Game Boy Color (2000)

All is not well in Croc's world. His friends, the Gobbos, have been captured by the evil Baron Dante. It...

Croc 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999) and Game Boy Color (2001)

Croc is on a quest to find his parents. However, Baron Dante has kidnapped the Gobbos kings. Croc then turns...

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

All is not well in Croc's world. His friends, the Gobbos, have been captured by the evil Baron Dante. It...

Cross Wiber: Cyber-Combat-Police TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Cross Wiber: Cyber-Combat-Police is a sequel to Cyber Cross and follows the adventures of Cross Wiber, an special inspector of...

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

The GBA version of the game, based on the film of the same name, has been turned into a 2D...

DOS (1993)

Made by the Israeli company Makh-Shevet, Cruel World is a tribute to the famous game Prince of Persia, having identical...

Cruncher in Mazeland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Cruncher in Mazeland is a single-player, 3-D Pac-Man clone. It is very similar to its companion game, Lady Cruncher.The object...

Crush PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Danny is troubled with insomnia. Desperate for sleep and unable to get it, he finds himself a test subject in...

Atari ST (1991)

Crush! is a game where you have to watch out for falling bricks.A crane at the top of the screen...

Crypts of Egypt Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Crypts of Egypt is a platform game taking place in the secret depths of an Egyptian pyramid; the goal is...

Atari ST (1990)

Crystal Caverns is a platform game coded in STOS. The aim of the game is to find three crystals hidden...

Crystal Caves Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1991), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Mylo Steamwitz, an enterprising space trader, has set out to the perilous mines of the Altairian system. He hopes to...

Crystal Kingdom Dizzy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The magical crystal treasure has been stolen and scattered all over the islands, so it is up to Dizzy to...

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