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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
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty2014PlayStation 4Oddworld Inhabitants Inc....
Limbo2010iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360Playdead ApS4.06
Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.33
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.50
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.3.92
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.24
onEscapee1997Amiga, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.2.92
B.I.G.1997DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER2.83
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee1997Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.18
Bermuda Syndrome1996Windows, Windows 3.xBMG Interactive Entertainment3.88
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
4D Prince of Persia1994DOS3.57
Death by Dark Shadows1994DOS...
Blackthorne1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.74
Heart of the Alien: Out of this World parts I and II1994SEGA CDVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.90
Nosferatu1994SNESSETA U.S.A., Inc.4.08
SOS1993SNESVic Tokai, Inc.2.40
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame1993DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SNESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.90
Fiend Hunter1993TurboGrafx CDRight Stuff Corp....
Cruel World1993DOSMakh-Shevet3.00
Flashback: The Quest for Identity19923DO, Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, CD-i, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, iPhone, Jaguar, Macintosh, SEGA CD, SNESMacPlay4.00
Out of This World19913DO, Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Jaguar, Macintosh, SNES, Symbian, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZodiacInterplay Productions, Inc.3.66
Prince of Persia1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PC-98, SAM Coupé, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, WiiBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.05
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Selected Covers

Limbo Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Limbo
Out of This World DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Out of This World

Selected Screenshots

Panther
Screenshot from Death by Dark Shadows
Title screen
Screenshot from Limbo
Title screen
Screenshot from Out of This World