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.2.39
Ainevoltas2005WindowsFendez Games...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze2014Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc....
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.2.99
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games...
Soul of Dracula2010Windows...
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.22
Knytt Experiment2007Windows...
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.28
Aztec1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, FM-7, PC-88, Sharp X1Datamost, Inc.3.30
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.35
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie...
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
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
The Pharaoh's Curse1983Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, VIC-20HesWare...
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
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.3.54
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Below the Root1984Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterWindham Classics3.70
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Selected Covers

The Waste Land Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Waste Land
Robot Exploration Squad Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Robot Exploration Squad
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy
Below the Root PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Below the Root
1000 Amps Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for 1000 Amps

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Waste Land
Title screen.
Screenshot from Robot Exploration Squad
Main menu
Screenshot from Soul of Dracula
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy
The older version has problems with the subtitles.
Screenshot from Akuji the Demon
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (181365), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (192193), GTramp (58345), リカルド・フィリペ (110148), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (131), chirinea (43120), Harmony♡ (19717), Sciere (502430), Daedolon (4894), Alaka (52611), Kabushi (196639), vEK (1872), jlebel (2211), lights out 10000 (14077), Terok Nor (26234), vedder (27450) and Angel Pérez (76)