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
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.40
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.80
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.4.00
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.67
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.00
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.86
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
Unepic2011Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L.3.81
La•Mulana2005WindowsAGM Playism4.17
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015WindowsEpic Games, Inc.3.90
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 Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC4.09
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game2007Windows3.95
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition)1997PlayStationKonami Corporation4.92
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Konami of America, Inc.4.09
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious1987MSX, NESKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.20
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Selected Covers

Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria
Wake Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wake

Selected Screenshots

Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria
Main menu
Screenshot from Wake