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
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios2.43
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows2.55
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc.2.85
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC3.00
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.02
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.35
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.40
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.42
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.49
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.51
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.53
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.53
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.77
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.78
Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate1993SEGA Master SystemTec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A.3.80
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.80
Unepic2011Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games S.L.3.81
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Selected Covers

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover
Front cover for Legacy of the Wizard
Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ori and the Blind Forest
Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Shape Shifter

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Legacy of the Wizard
Title screen
Screenshot from Shape Shifter