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 Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc.3.83
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC3.00
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.00
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.14
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.78
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows2.55
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.89
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.10
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Unepic2011Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games S.L.3.81
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.80
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.50
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Shantae: Risky's Revenge2010iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSiWayForward Technologies, Inc.4.80
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
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Selected Covers

The Sun at Night Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Sun at Night
1000 Amps Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for 1000 Amps
Guacamelee! PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Guacamelee!
Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ori and the Blind Forest
Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow Complex

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Sun at Night
Title screen
Screenshot from 1000 Amps
Your UnEpic journey begins....
Screenshot from Unepic
Main menu
Screenshot from Wake
Title screen
Screenshot from Project Black Sun