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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows2.55
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
Boing!1992SAM CoupĂ©FRED 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.3.53
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 Corporation4.92
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.50
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.88
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Citadel1985BBC Micro, ElectronSuperior Software Ltd.5.00
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.89
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.35
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.78
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
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Selected Covers

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story+
Dust: An Elysian Tail Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Dust: An Elysian Tail
Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Dust: An Elysian Tail
The older version has problems with the subtitles.
Screenshot from Akuji the Demon
Title screen
Screenshot from Boing!