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Genre: Cinematic Platformer

Group Description

Cinematic platformers are a sub-genre of platform games that attempt to combine traditional challenges of the genre with realistic structure and presentation. These games often feature puzzle-solving elements and setpieces, and play considerably slower than more "jump and run"-oriented titles. They avoid the abundance of power-ups and score-increasing items and instead emphasize the vulnerability of the protagonist, forcing the player to carefully plot every move (sometimes in a trial-and-error pattern) to overcome obstacles and avoid falling damage. Protagonists in cinematic platformers are normally realistically proportioned, with special attention paid to animation and precise acrobatic moves (climbing, hanging on ledges, rolling, etc.).

The genre was defined and popularized by Prince of Persia (1989). Other notable examples include French-developed platformers such as Another World (1991). Many of the genre's gameplay elements were carried over as it shifted to 3D. This group, however, only includes two-dimensional cinematic platformers, particularly because the line between various platform genres tended to blur with the advent of 3D.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Monochroma2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNowhere Studios3.80
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty2014PlayStation 4Oddworld Inhabitants Inc....
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)2014PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneE-Line Media3.33
Limbo2010iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS4.05
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.50
Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.33
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword2001Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.3.44
Tomb Raider2000Game Boy ColorEidos Interactive Ltd.3.52
Heart of Darkness1998PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.24
B.I.G.1997DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER2.83
onEscapee1997Amiga, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.2.92
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee1997Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.18
Bermuda Syndrome1996Windows, Windows 3.xBMG Interactive Entertainment3.92
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Heart of the Alien: Out of this World parts I and II1994SEGA CDVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Death by Dark Shadows1994DOS...
Blackthorne1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.73
4D Prince of Persia1994DOS3.57
Nosferatu1994SNESSETA U.S.A., Inc.4.08
SOS1993SNESVic Tokai, Inc.2.40
Cruel World1993DOSMakh-Shevet3.00
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame1993DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SNESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.91
Fiend Hunter1993TurboGrafx CDRight Stuff Corp....
Flashback: The Quest for Identity19923DO, Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, CD-i, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, SEGA CD, SNESMacPlay3.99
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Selected Covers

Tomb Raider Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for Tomb Raider
Bermuda Syndrome Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Bermuda Syndrome
Blackthorne DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Blackthorne
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
Nosferatu SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Nosferatu

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Death by Dark Shadows
Title screen
Screenshot from Fiend Hunter
Title screen
Screenshot from Tomb Raider
This is where you start. Different, eh?
Screenshot from 4D Prince of Persia
The introduction
Screenshot from Bermuda Syndrome