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.
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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.70
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie4.10
The Scheme1988PC-88Bothtec, Inc....
Maze of Galious2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBrain Games...
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.49
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.14
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
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.3.78
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
La•Mulana2005WindowsAGM Playism4.17
Unepic2011Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games3.81
Boing!1992SAM CoupĂ©FRED Publishing...
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.95
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
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious1987MSX, NESKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.20
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.46
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Game Boy Advance, J2ME, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.4.26
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.80
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Selected Covers

Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria
Guacamelee! PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Guacamelee!

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Maze of Galious
Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria