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Game Groups > Genre: Cinematic platformer

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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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition 2007 Windows Action
6.9
box cover thumbnail Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition 2011 Windows, Linux (+15 more) Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail B.I.G. 1997 DOS Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Bermuda Syndrome 1996 Windows, Windows 3.x Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail Between Heaven and Hell 2006 Windows Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Black: The Fall 2017 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Blackthorne 1994 DOS, Windows (+5 more) Action
7.4
box cover thumbnail Cruel World 1993 DOS Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot 2007 J2ME Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Deadlight 2012 Xbox 360, Windows Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Deadlight: Director's Cut 2016 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Death by Dark Shadows 1994 DOS Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Feist 2015 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+7 more) Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Fiend Hunter 1993 TurboGrafx CD Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Flashback 2013 Xbox 360, Windows (+2 more) Action
5.6
box cover thumbnail Flashback: The Quest for Identity 1992 DOS, Dreamcast (+12 more) Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Full Void 2023 Linux, Windows (+6 more) Action, Puzzle
n/a
box cover thumbnail Heart of Darkness 1998 Windows, PlayStation Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Heart of Darkness (├ędition sp├ęciale Coca-Cola) 1999 Windows Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Heart of the Alien: Out of this World Parts I and II 1994 SEGA CD Action, Compilation
7.3
box cover thumbnail Inside 2016 Windows, Macintosh (+5 more) Action
8.7
box cover thumbnail Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Curse of the Sword 2001 Game Boy Color Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail Limbo 2010 Windows, Linux (+12 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Little Nightmares 2017 Windows, iPhone (+5 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Little Nightmares II 2021 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+3 more) Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Little Orpheus 2020 Macintosh, Windows (+6 more) Action
6.6
box cover thumbnail Lunark 2023 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+4 more) Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Ministry of Broadcast 2020 Windows, Nintendo Switch (+3 more) Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail Monochroma 2014 Windows, Macintosh (+3 more) Action
6.4
box cover thumbnail Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) 2014 Windows, Linux (+8 more) Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Nosferatu 1994 SNES Action
7.4
box cover thumbnail Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus 1998 Windows, PlayStation (+3 more) Action, Puzzle
8.2
box cover thumbnail Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee 1997 DOS, Windows (+8 more) Action, Puzzle
8.3
box cover thumbnail Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! 2014 Windows, PlayStation 3 (+10 more) Action
8.0
box cover thumbnail Oddworld: Soulstorm 2021 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+4 more) Action, Puzzle
7.0
box cover thumbnail One Last Breath 2024 Windows, Nintendo Switch (+4 more) Action
6.3
box cover thumbnail onEscapee 1997 Amiga, Windows (+3 more) Action
7.6
box cover thumbnail Out of This World 1991 DOS, Windows (+11 more) Action
7.6
box cover thumbnail Planet Alpha 2018 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) Action, Puzzle
7.0
box cover thumbnail Planet of Lana 2023 Windows, Windows Apps (+5 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Planet of the Apes 2001 Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color Action
6.1
box cover thumbnail Prince of Persia 1989 DOS, Game Boy (+21 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame 1993 DOS, SNES (+3 more) Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Prince of Persia Classic 2007 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (+4 more) Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures 2002 BREW, J2ME (+1 more) Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003 Game Boy Advance Action
7.4
Runen 1996 DOS Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail SOS 1993 SNES Action
6.4
box cover thumbnail Stela 2019 Xbox One, Windows (+5 more) Action
6.9
box cover thumbnail The Eternal Castle 2019 Windows, Linux (+3 more) Action
7.3

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