User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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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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TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Lode Runner: Lost Labyrinth is an exact conversion of the original Lode Runner. However, this version features one hundred levels...

Lode Runner On-Line: The Mad Monks' Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Assume the role again as Jake Peril as you journey in the Evil Empire taking treasure away from the evil...

Lode Runner: The Legend Returns Windows 3.x Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Macintosh (1994)

A resurrection of the original classic platform game with a number of updates such as one and two player options,...

SNES (1994)

All the king's candy has been stolen by invaders who live down in the dungeon. The king summons twin heroes:...

Lollypop DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1995)

Sweet she is and sweets she wants. Young Lolly wakes up and has an incredibly appetite for candy. For chocolate,...

Browser (2008)

Mr Johnson is afraid of ghosts. Unfortunately, a large pink specimen of the species is never far from him. Despite...

Looney Tunes Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Game Boy Color (1999)

This side-scrolling game allows the player to control different Looney Tunes characters and their different abilities to advance through the...

Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

In Acme Arsenal, an evil mad scientist named Dr. Frankenbeans has created a time machine and is bent on destroying...

Looney Tunes: Back in Action PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck join forces in this Looney Tunes outing. Change between the two stars to overcome puzzles...

Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

Looney Tunes: Carrot Crazy is a side scrolling platform game featuring famous Warner Bros. cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Lola...

Looney Tunes: Duck Dodgers - Starring Daffy Duck Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Marvin the Martian has devised a plan to destroy the Earth and has built the Ultimate Weapon to do it....

Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Sheep Raider is a 3D puzzle game, with gameplay mimicking the wacky contraptions and situations from the original cartoons. Players...

Looney Tunes: Twouble! Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

In Looney Toons: Twouble! you play as the Warner Bros. character Sylvester the cat. It is your goal to capture...

J2ME (2005) and DoJa (2005)

The Lord of the Rings: Legends is the mobile version of the epic trilogy. The side-scrolling platformer features 11 stages,...

Los Simpson: El Video Juego (Edición Limitada) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This Spanish special edition comes in a tin box with a plastic sleeve and contains:The Simpsons Game DVD with additional...

The Lost Disks of SAM SAM Coupé Front Cover

SAM Coupé (2012)

Lost disks of SAM is a SAM Coupé conversion of the ZX Spectrum game Lost Tapes of Albion.The main character...

Lost in Shadow Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

A Shadow's Tale is a single player 2D puzzle / platform game for the Wii.The game starts with a boy...

Windows (2007)

Lost in the Static is at its core a simple 2D platform game. Your character doesn't have any special moves...

ZX Spectrum (2012)

Lost Tapes of Albion is an evolution of Endless Forms Most Beautiful, presented to the ZX Spectrum on its 30th...

The Lost Vikings DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2014), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Three Vikings, Eric the Swift, Olaf the Stout and Baleog the Fierce, were kidnapped by the alien Tomator, the evil...

LostWinds Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In LostWinds, the player controls a young boy called Toku on his quest to save his land Mistralis from the...

LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is the sequel to LostWinds. This time the young Toku and Enril, the wind spirit,...

NES (1987)

This game features Takara's fashion doll JeNnY. JeNnY is going to perform in a musical that involves the tale of...

Game Boy (1997)

The handheld game based on the second Jurassic Park movie puts the player in the shoes of an agent of...

NES (1985) and MSX (1985)

Lot Lot is a puzzle game. The goal of the game is of extreme simplicity. Manipulate the balls in such...

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