Genre: Explorable platformer / Metroidvania

Group Description

This group includes platform games that allow the player to move between interconnected areas rather than advance stage after stage in a linear fashion. Acquiring specific items and abilities is often needed to access new areas. Role-playing elements such as equipment management are also common, up to the point of featuring full-fledged RPG systems.

The genre was popularized by Metroid (1986) and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987), which later led to the widely accepted portmanteau term Metroidvania, even though there exist earlier examples of this type of gameplay.

  • Interconnected areas and a considerable degree of non-linearity in exploration is the main requirement.
  • Only 2D platform games are allowed. Overhead games that fulfill the above requirement (such as most Zelda games) should not be part of the group. Games with 3D graphics can only be accepted if they imitate perspective and gameplay of 2D platformers.
  • Role-playing games are allowed as long as they answer the above requirements.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios2.43
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC3.00
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.14
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.78
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows2.55
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.10
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.89
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Unepic2011Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games3.81
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.50
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.80
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.40
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
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Selected Covers

Aliens: Infestation Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens: Infestation
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy
Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story
Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Aliens: Infestation
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy
Main menu
Screenshot from Soul of Dracula
Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria