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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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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...

LayLa NES Front Cover

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...

Atari 8-bit (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Leaper is based on the game Jumping Jack where you have to get to the top of the screen by...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Leaping Larry is a flick-screen platformer where you play the role of Larry, a caveman who has been given the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Special Agent Louis Mooney aka Leapin' Louie and you have been captured by the Grong Empire and you...

Learning with FuzzyWOMP Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1984)

There are four kinds of education as different games for kids. They include knowledge and order of the digits (the...

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Long ago, an evil dragon named Keela was imprisoned inside a magical dungeon. However time has passed and the magic...

Legendary Axe II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

The Axe is back... with twice the force and twice the fury of 1989's "Videogame of the Year"! This time...

The Legendary Axe TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1988)

You are the mighty warrior Gogan, whose village has been required by the Jagu tribe to give a human sacrifice...

The Legendary Starfy Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

It's another peaceful day in the kingdom of Pufftop. Starfy was having a nap, when all of a sudden, there...

MSX (1988)

Once there was only one continent in the world. It was populated by magicians. At first they lived in peace,...

Legend of Hero Tonma TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007), Wii U (2015) and Arcade (1989)

A little caped hero called Tommy must fight his way to the boss' castle through a cute world to rescue...

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