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...
Rad Warrior1986Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, TRS-80 CoCo, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.20
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...
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc....
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.49
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
The Pharaoh's Curse1983Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, VIC-20HesWare...
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.51
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NES, WindowsBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.53
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
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Selected Covers

The Goonies II NES Front Cover
Front cover for The Goonies II
Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ori and the Blind Forest

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Goonies II
Title screen
Screenshot from Ori and the Blind Forest
Main menu
Screenshot from Soul of Dracula
Game group created by Oleg Roschin (181560), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (200677), GTramp (59775), リカルド・フィリペ (132847), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (5), Pagen HD (131), chirinea (43854), Harmony♡ (20160), Sciere (505899), Daedolon (5176), Alaka (55722), Kabushi (206585), vEK (1872), jlebel (2211), lights out 10000 (15470), Terok Nor (26546), BdR (5909), vedder (33924) and Angel Pérez (74)