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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.

Limitations
  • 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.23
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.67
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios3.57
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.27
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.58
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Unepic2011Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games3.89
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.20
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.42
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.70
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.17
Knytt Stories2007Windows4.28
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
Knytt2006Windows3.94
La•Mulana2005WindowsGR3 Project4.21
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.85
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Selected Covers

La•Mulana Windows Front Cover
Front cover for La•Mulana
Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria
Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story

Selected Screenshots

Install screen
Screenshot from Knytt Stories
Start-up screen
Screenshot from La•Mulana
Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria
Title Screen
Screenshot from Cave Story