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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Black: The Fall2017PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Little Nightmares2017PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneBANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc....
The Way2016Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneCode Horizon...
Inside2016PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS3.22
Feist2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneFinji...
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries2015WindowsGriN BVBA...
Monochroma2014Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneNowhere Studios...
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty!2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneOddworld Inhabitants Inc....
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneE-Line Media3.20
Deadlight2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.64
The War of the Worlds2011Xbox 360Paramount Digital Entertainment...
Limbo2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS3.61
Between Heaven and Hell2006WindowsMadGames...
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.75
Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures2003J2MEGameloft S.A....
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Curse of the Sword2001Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.3.58
Tomb Raider2000Game Boy ColorEidos Interactive Ltd.3.94
Heart of Darkness (édition spéciale Coca-Cola)1999WindowsCoca-Cola Company, The...
Heart of Darkness1998PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.96
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.11
B.I.G.1997DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER...
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee1997Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.18
onEscapee1997Amiga, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.3.19
Bermuda Syndrome1996Windows, Windows 3.xBMG Interactive Entertainment3.89
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software2.80
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Selected Covers

Zorro DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Zorro
Tomb Raider Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for Tomb Raider
The Way Linux Front Cover
Front cover for The Way

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Zorro
Title screen
Screenshot from Tomb Raider
Title screen
Screenshot from Little Nightmares
Developer's logo
Screenshot from onEscapee
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