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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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
UnEpic2011Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneA Crowd of Monsters3.81
La-Mulana2005WindowsAGM Playism4.17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze2014Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
Aquaria2007Android, iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.17
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie...
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie...
The Scheme1988PC-88Bothtec, Inc....
Maze of Galious2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBrain Games...
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.00
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
Aztec1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, FM-7, PC-88, Sharp X1Datamost, Inc.3.30
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.77
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.24
Ainevoltas2005WindowsFendez Games...
Boing!1992SAM CoupéFRED Publishing...
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, Wii, WindowsFrontier Developments Ltd....
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC4.02
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game2007Windows3.95
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Selected Covers

Aztec Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Aztec
Strider Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Strider

Selected Screenshots

Opening Screen
Screenshot from Aztec
Title screen
Screenshot from Boing!
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174027), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (160732), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (103), chirinea (39178), Harmony♥ (11903), Sciere (393934), Daedolon (3423), Alaka (39380), Kabushi (165413), vEK (1848), jlebel (2127), lights out (8644), Terok Nor (23168), vedder (20606) and Angel Pérez (76)