Tomb Raider (1996)
Rick Dangerous 2 (1990)
The Indiana Jones-style swashbuckler Rick Dangerous completed an Indy-style adventure in the first game, and came back with a laser-guided bang in the sequel. After a UFO lands in London, Rick goes all superhero on their alien asses.
Bionic Commando (1987)
For anyone who dreamed of swinging through life in a Spider-Man stylee, Bionic Commando was a Godsend. The title character's bionic arm could be fired at far-off areas to grapple and swing across gaps, as well as pound enemies into submission. Unusually for a platformer, the hero couldn't actually jump.