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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.24
Ainevoltas2005WindowsFendez Games...
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios...
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc....
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games...
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.14
Knytt Experiment2007Windows...
Aztec1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, FM-7, PC-88, Sharp X1Datamost, Inc.3.30
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.31
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie...
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc....
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.49
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Soul of Dracula2010Windows...
The Pharaoh's Curse1983Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, VIC-20HesWare...
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.53
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.54
Below the Root1984Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterWindham Classics3.70
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Selected Covers

Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ori and the Blind Forest
Aztec Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Aztec
The Pharaoh's Curse Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for The Pharaoh's Curse

Selected Screenshots

Opening Screen
Screenshot from Aztec
Screenshot from The Pharaoh's Curse
Title screen.
Screenshot from Robot Exploration Squad
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (174079), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (162560), GTramp (53354), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (114), chirinea (40172), Harmony♥ (15608), Sciere (424591), Daedolon (3423), Alaka (42504), Kabushi (174446), vEK (1848), jlebel (2126), lights out 10000 (11062), Terok Nor (23854), vedder (20968) and Angel Pérez (76)