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 Fall2017Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneSand Sailor Studio...
Little Nightmares2017PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneBANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc.4.24
Deadlight: Director's Cut2016PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDeep Silver3.46
The Way2016Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneCode Horizon...
Inside2016iPad, iPhone, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS3.45
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries2015WindowsGriN BVBA...
Feist2015Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneFinji...
Monochroma2014Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox OneNowhere Studios...
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna)2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneE-Line Media3.30
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty!2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneOddworld Inhabitants Inc....
Flashback2013PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Ubisoft, Inc.3.93
Deadlight2012Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.64
The War of the Worlds2011Xbox 360Paramount Digital Entertainment...
Limbo2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OnePlaydead ApS3.63
Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot2007J2MEMayhem Studio...
Between Heaven and Hell2006WindowsMadGames...
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2003Game Boy AdvanceUbisoft Entertainment SA3.75
Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures2002BREW, J2MEGameloft S.A....
Planet of the Apes2001Game Boy Advance, Game Boy ColorUbi Soft Entertainment Ltd....
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Curse of the Sword2001Game Boy ColorActivision Publishing, Inc.3.58
Tomb Raider Starring Lara Croft2000Game Boy ColorEidos Interactive Limited3.94
Heart of Darkness (édition spéciale Coca-Cola)1999WindowsCoca-Cola Company, The...
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.11
Heart of Darkness1998PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
onEscapee1997Amiga, Dreamcast, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.3.19
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Selected Covers

Limbo Xbox 360 Front Cover first version
Front cover for Limbo
Flashback Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Flashback
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 Limbo
Title screen
Screenshot from Flashback
Developer's logo
Screenshot from onEscapee
Screenshot from Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
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