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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition2007WindowsElektrogames Limited Company3.87
Prince of Persia Classic2007Android, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox OneUbisoft Entertainment SA3.78
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, DoJa, 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.3.47
Tomb Raider Starring Lara Croft2000Game Boy ColorEidos Interactive Limited3.68
Heart of Darkness (édition spéciale Coca-Cola)1999WindowsCoca-Cola Company, The...
Heart of Darkness1998PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.10
onEscapee1997Amiga, Dreamcast, iPhone, WindowsInvictus Games, Ltd.3.35
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee1997Android, DOS, OnLive, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.17
B.I.G.1997DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER...
The Lost World: Jurassic Park1997Game BoyTHQ Inc.2.93
Bermuda Syndrome1996Windows, Windows 3.xBMG Interactive Entertainment3.93
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software2.88
Nosferatu1994SNESSETA U.S.A., Inc.4.09
Heart of the Alien: Out of this World Parts I and II1994SEGA CDVirgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.3.66
Death by Dark Shadows1994DOS...
Blackthorne1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.67
Fiend Hunter1993TurboGrafx CDRight Stuff Corp....
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame1993DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SNESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.95
SOS1993SNESVic Tokai, Inc.2.73
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Selected Covers

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Zorro DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Zorro

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from B.I.G.
Title screen
Screenshot from Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Title Screen
Screenshot from Death by Dark Shadows
Title screen
Screenshot from Zorro
The start of your adventure.
Screenshot from Between Heaven and Hell
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