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
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneThomas Happ Games LLC...
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios2.86
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.39
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.90
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc....
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze2014Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.07
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.77
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.92
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.16
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.90
La-Mulana2011Linux, Macintosh, PS Vita, Wii, WindowsEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.80
UnEpic2011Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneA Crowd of Monsters3.81
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games...
Shantae: Risky's Revenge2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSiWayForward Technologies, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Axiom Verge Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Axiom Verge
Treasure Adventure Game Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Treasure Adventure Game
Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ori and the Blind Forest

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Axiom Verge
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Treasure Adventure Game
Title screen
Screenshot from The Waste Land
Title screen
Screenshot from 1000 Amps
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