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 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...
Knytt Experiment2007Windows...
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.31
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.38
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie...
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.50
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Soul of Dracula2010Windows...
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.51
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.52
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.77
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.77
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.77
Ufouria: The Saga1991NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UGaijinworks3.80
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie...
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Selected Covers

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow Complex
Robot Exploration Squad Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Robot Exploration Squad
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Robot Exploration Squad
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy
Game group created by Oleg Roschin (174020), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (159492), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (99), chirinea (37598), Harmony♥ (11788), Sciere (385953), Daedolon (3378), Alaka (38858), Kabushi (163270), vEK (1848), jlebel (2127), lights out (8384), Terok Nor (23152) and Angel Pérez (76)