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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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Legendo's The Three Musketeers: One for All! Wii Front Cover

Macintosh (2011) and Wii (2009)

The Three Musketeers: One for All! is a director's cut of the game Legendo's The Three Musketeers, with new content...

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is an action game and the sequel to LEGO Batman: The Videogame. Just like...

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Continuing the tradition of adapting known franchises such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones with visuals based on LEGO, this...

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

LEGO Batman is based on the other games of the same name, with multiple changes made to accommodate the DS...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is the first installment of the Harry Potter series in LEGO form. Spanning the first...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4  (Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

The Collector's Edition comes in a special package and includes: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Behind The Scenes of LEGO...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Nintendo DS (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011), iPhone (2012), iPad (2012), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the second installment of the LEGO Harry Potter series. The game is based on...

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

In LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues the players once again explore the Indiana Jones universe with "LEGO-fied" characters....

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures the players get to explore the Indiana Jones universe with "LEGO-fied" characters. The...

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures / Kung Fu Panda Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

This compilation, included with a Xbox 360 holiday bundle (U.S) and wireless controller bundle (Europe), contains: LEGO Indiana Jones: The...

The LEGO Movie Videogame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The LEGO Movie Videogame is a third-person action-adventure game based on the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. Just like...

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As...

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006), GameCube (2006), PSP (2006), Xbox 360 (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

The Legos strike back in the sequel to the original LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, where players now get...

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

The sequel to the popular LEGO Star Wars arrives, this time for the Nintendo DS. The DS version of the...

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2010), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga combines LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original...

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game allows players to relive the events of the Star Wars prequel movie trilogy (Episodes...

Lemmings PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

The original Lemmings has been remade for the PSP, with new graphics. In this puzzle game, you guide a group...

Lemmings PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This version of Lemmings is a port of the PSP version released earlier in 2006. The main difference is the...

Lemmings 2: The Tribes DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

The sequel to Lemmings has a plot describing how the Lemmings have split into 12 distinct tribes, each of which...

The Lemmings Chronicles DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1995)

More lemming action this time with new skills and obstacles for them to overcome. Three islands to adventure on each...

Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Windows (1995), PlayStation (1998), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

This port contains two complete games from the classic puzzle series. There are 209 levels to work through, all featuring...

Lemmings Revolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Those Lemmings are getting into trouble again! They've spent they're whole lives going through the brutal, sicking mazes and puzzles...

Leo Steel and the Aztek Gold Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Leo Steel runs around the ruins of the ancient Aztek runes in the jungles, deserts, and caves collecting lost gold.In...

ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Les Flics (French slang for the police) is a game inspired by the movie and cartoon character The Pink Panther....

CD-i (1998)

Les Schtroumpfs: Le Téléportaschtroumpf is a 2D platform game based on the comic by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford (Peyo). The...

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