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.
External links
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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc....
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, WindowsThomas Happ Games LLC...
Boing!1992SAM CoupéFRED Publishing...
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Game Boy Advance, J2ME, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.4.30
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.77
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.85
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.54
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.14
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Konami of America, Inc.4.09
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition)1997PlayStationKonami Corporation...
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.50
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.89
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Citadel1985BBC Micro, ElectronSuperior Software Ltd....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC4.09
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.35
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc....
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Selected Covers

The Goonies II NES Front Cover
Front cover for The Goonies II
Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Goonies II
Title Screen
Screenshot from Cave Story
Game group created by Cor 13 (174144), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (152020), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (85), chirinea (36396), Harmony♥ (6197), Sciere (361040), Daedolon (3287), Alaka (37334), Kabushi (155132), vEK (1848), jlebel (2127), lights out (7520), Terok Nor (21932) and Angel Pérez (76)