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Platform

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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Lew Leon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Lew Leon (Leon the Lion) is a platform game that tells the story of a lion who tries to find...

Leyendas de Lhodrye: Arakhas el Oscuro DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The sequel to La luz del druida serves as a closure to the Leyendas de Lhodrye short series (only two...

Leyendas de Lhodrye: La Luz del Druida DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The prophecies of old tell of a cataclysm which will bring an era of pain and destruction, the responsible would...

Windows (2003)

Liero Xtreme is an online multiplayer game based on the original game called Liero. It is also similar to Worms...

Life Is Hard Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

From an existentialist point of view, the world is against you; everybody's life can be reduced to a hackneyed story...

The Light Corridor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The aim of the game is to guide a ball through 50 levels of walls, barriers and general obstacles. You...

LightWeight Ninja Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

LightWeight Ninja is a platform scroller/jumper in a similar style to Sonic, Super Mario Bros. and Commander Keen, but is...

Limbo Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2013), Android (2014), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2013), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Limbo is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer set in a sinister, monochromatic world. The player controls a protagonist simply known as...

Link: The Faces of Evil CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

This is one of three Zelda-based games released for the CD-i. Ganon and his cronies have seized the island of...

Lionheart Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

As Valdyn aka "Lionheart", you will have to travel deep into the territory of your king's enemy to retrieve a...

The Lion King DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1996), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Young Simba just can't wait to be king. His father is the current King of the Savannah and the young...

Amiga (2003), SEGA Saturn (1998), TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1990)

In Mizubaku Daibouken, you play Hipopo the Hippopotamus who must venture through a large number of enemy-packed levels in search...

Litil Divil Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1993), Windows (2011), Amiga CD32 (1994), CD-i (1994) and Macintosh (2014)

A little devil named Mutt is a rather lazy character who prefers to do nothing in his own cozy part...

LittleBigPlanet PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

LittleBigPlanet is a puzzle platformer where the player controls sackboys. It takes the characters on an adventure through levels with...

LittleBigPlanet PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Travel to the world of LittleBigPlanet, where dreams and imagination run wild! Become a Sackperson, and dress them up as...

LittleBigPlanet 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

When an inter-dimensional vacuum cleaner called the Negativatron appears, Sackboy must step back into action, alongside Larry Da Vinci and...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Aerith Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Aerith Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. It adds an Aerith costume from Final Fantasy VII to use by the...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Argentina Soccer Fan Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Argentina Soccer Fan Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. It adds a costume of an Argentina soccer fan to use...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Assassin's Creed - Revelations Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 that adds Ezio Auditore's costume from Assassin's Creed: Revelations to use...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Cloud Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Cloud Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2 that adds Cloud's costume from Final Fantasy VII to use by the Sackboy...

PlayStation 3 (2011)

This Collector's Edition includes: LittleBigPlanet 2 7" collectible Sackboy plushie. Exclusive LittleBigPlanet 2 game ends (bookends). 5 exclusive Sackboy themed...

LittleBigPlanet 2: inFAMOUS 2 Minipack PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

inFAMOUS 2 Minipack is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. It adds InFamous 2 stickers and costumes of Good Cole and Bad...

LittleBigPlanet 2: Sephiroth Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Sephiroth Costume is DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. It adds a costume of Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII to use by...

LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

LittleBigPlanet 3 is the third main game in the puzzle-platformer series and created by a different developer than the previous...

LittleBigPlanet: Assassin's Creed II Costume PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Assassin's Creed II Costume is a DLC that adds Ezio Auditore's costume from Assassin's Creed II to use by the...

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