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
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsThomas Happ Games LLC...
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015WindowsEpic Games, Inc.4.14
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC3.00
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.00
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.86
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc.3.83
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.14
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.00
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.78
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows2.55
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.10
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC4.09
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.96
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Unepic2011Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L.3.81
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.80
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.50
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Shantae: Risky's Revenge2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSiWayForward Technologies, Inc.4.80
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Selected Covers

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story+
Aliens: Infestation Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Aliens: Infestation
Dust: An Elysian Tail Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Dust: An Elysian Tail

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Aliens: Infestation
Title screen
Screenshot from Dust: An Elysian Tail
Title screen
Screenshot from The Waste Land