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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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Windows (2008)

Lao's Quest is a 2D puzzle platform with a retro visual design. The main hero is Lao who must rescue...

PC-88 (1985), Sharp X1 (1985) and FM-7 (1986)

Laptick is a puzzle game. You play as Vickey and the goal is to step on all the question mark...

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), Browser (2012), iPhone (2010), BlackBerry (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is an isometric platform game starring the titular heroine. While she is exploring...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2008) and Wii (2007)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a remake of the original Tomb Raider with a technically more advanced graphics engine....

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

This edition includes:Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary Unlock the Past: a retrospective Tomb Raider documentary Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (2006) and Windows (2006)

This compilation includes the first six games in the series stored on seven discs in three keep cases held together...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword contains five large areas to explore. Afflicted with a terrible curse, Lara must follow...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006), GameCube (2006), PSP (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Legend is the seventh major game in the Tomb Raider series, now for the first time developed by Crystal Dynamics,...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Tomb Raider: Legend for Nintendo DS is a rather different game than its console brethren. It retains the plot and...

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

The GBA version of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is a side-scrolling platform game more similar to the DS version...

DOS (1996)

Larax & Zaco is a platform game. Each level takes place in and around a building with bonus items scattered...

LaserCat Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

LaserCat returns home one day to find that his owl friend Owlfriend has been kidnapped by the evil magic space...

Laser Dolphin Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

"The Prime Minister has been kidnapped by aliens. Are you a bad enough dolphin to rescue the Prime Minister?" That's...

Laser Force Apple IIgs Front Cover

Apple IIgs (1989)

Two Marines find themselves under the power of an evil alien presence on a planet they are attempting to survey....

Game Boy (1993) and Game Gear (1993)

The 1993 action/comedy/fantasy film Last Action Hero received a unique adaptation for portable systems. Like other versions, the game combines...

DOS (1996)

In the age of King Arthur and his Round Table, Merlin and the king send out a call for a...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

This open-source, freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1986 replaces the graphics and sounds with more modern assets,...

Amiga (1994)

The Last Soldier is a platform shooter game. The main goal of the player is to turn on four reactors...

La Tale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Iris Livier is an offspring of a Derr, member of a race of demigods with superior power, and a human....

La Vallée Des Rois Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Help archaeologist Sir Johnson to discover the treasure of Tutankhamen in 50 platform levels. To travel between areas, you have...

NES (1986)

LayLa is on a mission to rescue her friend Iris from an evil doctor who has kidnapped her. This mission...

Lazarus Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Lazarus is a platform game, where you control a soldier whose mission is to collect 5 items scattered around 5...

Amiga (1995)

Lazarus is a platform game with some adventure elements. The action takes place in a not specified future. The story...

Lazy Raiders Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Lazy Raiders is a platformer about an extremely lazy explorer. His quest is to retrieve sixteen lost relics sealed in...

Leander Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The titular hero travels through this platform action game, slashing up mutant creatures with a sword and battling the evil...

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