Genre: Explorable platformer / "Metroidvania"
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.
|Cave Story||2005||Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, Wii, Windows||Nicalis, Inc.||3.89|
|Lunnye Devitsy||2009||Windows||Boss Baddie||3.70|
|The Scheme||1988||PC-88||Bothtec, Inc.||...|
|Maze of Galious||2004||Linux, Macintosh, Windows||Brain Games||...|
|Legacy of the Wizard||1987||MSX, NES||Brøderbund Software, Inc.||3.80|
|The Adventures of Captain Comic||1988||DOS, NES||Color Dreams, Inc.||3.07|
|Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap||1989||Game Gear, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii||Hudson Entertainment, Inc.||3.96|
|Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition)||1997||PlayStation||Konami Corporation||...|
|Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious||1987||MSX, NES||Konami Industry Co. Ltd.||4.17|
|Super Adventure Island II||1994||SNES, Wii||Hudson Entertainment, Inc.||3.76|
|Castlevania: Symphony of the Night||1997||PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360||Konami of America, Inc.||4.03|
|Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance||2002||Game Boy Advance||Konami Corporation||3.76|
|Castlevania II: Simon's Quest||1987||NES, Wii||Konami, Inc.||3.60|
|Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow||2003||Game Boy Advance, J2ME||Konami of America, Inc.||4.20|
|Castlevania: Circle of the Moon||2001||Game Boy Advance||Konami of America, Inc.||3.84|
|Shadow Complex||2009||Xbox 360||Microsoft Game Studios||3.37|
|Metroid: Zero Mission||2004||Game Boy Advance||Nintendo of America Inc.||4.07|
|Metroid||1986||Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.94|
|Metroid Fusion||2002||Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS||Nintendo of America Inc.||4.14|
|Zelda II: The Adventure of Link||1987||Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.55|
|Metroid II: Return of Samus||1991||Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.83|
|Super Metroid||1994||SNES, Wii||Nintendo of America Inc.||4.26|
|Treasure Adventure Game||2012||Windows||Robit Studios||4.50|