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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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LittleBigPlanet: Jayden Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Jayden Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of FBI special agent Jayden from Heavy Rain to use...

LittleBigPlanet: Kabuki Actor Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Kabuki Actor Costume is free DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of a Japanese kabuki actor to use by...

LittleBigPlanet: Killzone Mini Pack PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Killzone Mini Pack is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costumes of Sev and Helghast from Killzone 2 to use...

LittleBigPlanet: Madison Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Madison Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of Madison Paige from Heavy Rain to use by the...

LittleBigPlanet: Metal Gear Solid Level Kit PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Metal Gear Solid Level Kit is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It features a new five-level long mini-campaign set in the world...

LittleBigPlanet: Metal Gear Solid Meryl Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Meryl Costume is a DLC for LittleBigPlanet that adds Meryl Silverburgh's costume from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the...

LittleBigPlanet: Metal Gear Solid Raiden Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Raiden Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of the Raiden character from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns...

LittleBigPlanet: Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Metal Gear Solid Solid Snake Costume is a cross-compatible downloadable content for LittleBigPlanet. The cross-compatibility also allows it to be...

LittleBigPlanet: MotorStorm Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

MotorStorm Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet that adds a costume from MotorStorm racing game to use by the Sackboy character...

LittleBigPlanet: Resistance 2 Chimaera Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Chimaera Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet that adds a costume from Resistance 2 game to use by the Sackboy character....

LittleBigPlanet: Sack Sparrow Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Sack Sparrow Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the...

LittleBigPlanet: Shelby Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Shelby Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of Scott Shelby from Heavy Rain to use by the...

LittleBigPlanet: Spider-Man Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Spider-Man Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet. It adds a costume of Spider-Man from the movie to use by the Sackboy...

Little Computer People Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), PC-88 (1987) and PC-98 (1987)

Little Computer People can be described as the "mother" of The Sims. When you load the game for the first...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You are the King of the Little Green Men and you have just escaped from your captors but you are...

Little Nemo: The Dream Master NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Based on a comic strip from the 1900s, Nemo is a young boy from London summoned to the kingdom of...

Little Puff in Dragonland Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Puff is a poor little dragon who decides to explore the world beyond his home - Dragonland. Unfortunately, he is...

Little Red Hood NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Little Red wants to get to Grandma's house but there are mean creatures in the forest. Help guide Little Red...

Livingstone II ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

This is the sequel to Livingstone Supongo. It means that Dr. Livingstone will return to our screens to be rescued...

Livingstone, I Presume? ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Livingstone, I Presume? is a video adventure technologically almost identical to Goody, however this game has a more complex map...

Windows (2006)

The evil Daimon is threatening Dragonia and has turned your two fellow lizardmen into stone. Your task is to rescue...

DOS (1992)

Larry Lontrose is a part-time dock loader. He is very ambitious and wants to be promoted up the corporate ladder....

LocoRoco PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

The blob-like LocoRoco are in trouble! A meteor has crash-landed on their planet, bringing with it the black, shaggy Moja...

LocoRoco 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Just when the LocoRoco thought everyone was safe and happy, the nasty Moja Troop returns! The LocoRoco love to sing,...

LocoRoco 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The browser version of LocoRoco 2 is a sampler of the full PSP game, made available a week before the...

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