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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
Limbo2010iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360Playdead ApS4.06
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.50
Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.33
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.25
Heart of Darkness1998PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.90
onEscapee1997Amiga, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.3.17
B.I.G.1997DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER2.83
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee1997Android, DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.16
Bermuda Syndrome1996Windows, Windows 3.xBMG Interactive Entertainment3.88
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Blackthorne1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.74
Death by Dark Shadows1994DOS...
4D Prince of Persia1994DOS3.57
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
Fiend Hunter1993TurboGrafx CDRight Stuff Corp....
Cruel World1993DOSMakh-Shevet...
SOS1993SNESVic Tokai, Inc.2.40
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame1993DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SNESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.90
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, Android, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, SNES, Symbian, Windows, Windows 3.xInterplay Productions, Inc.3.65
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, SAM Coupé, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CD, WiiBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.05
Weird Dreams1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSMedalist International3.57

Selected Covers

Nosferatu SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Nosferatu
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
SOS SNES Front Cover
Front cover for SOS
onEscapee Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for onEscapee
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from B.I.G.
Panther
Screenshot from Death by Dark Shadows
Title Screen
Screenshot from Nosferatu
Title screen
Screenshot from Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Title screen
Screenshot from SOS