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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
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.67
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.23
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.50
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.53
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.20
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.70
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.45
Knytt Stories2007Windows4.28
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.17
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
Knytt2006Windows3.94
Cave Story2005Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, Wii, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.89
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.98
La•Mulana2005WindowsGR3 Project4.21
Metroid: Zero Mission2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Maze of Galious2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBrain Games...
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Game Boy Advance, J2MEKonami of America, Inc.4.19
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy AdvanceKonami Corporation3.74
Metroid Fusion2002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.14
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.84
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Selected Covers

Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Metroid: Zero Mission
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy
Cave Story Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story
Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story+

Selected Screenshots

The remains of... something...
Screenshot from Metroid: Zero Mission
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy
Title Screen
Screenshot from Cave Story
Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria