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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.

Limitations:
  • 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 orderMobyScore
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc.2.85
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.07
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games3.10
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie3.20
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.28
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.34
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.45
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.53
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.56
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.62
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys1989Genesis, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, Inc.3.64
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.67
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.67
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.70
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy AdvanceKonami Corporation3.74
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate1993SEGA Master SystemTec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A.3.80
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.84
Metroid II: Return of Samus1991Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Cave Story2005Amiga, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, Wii, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.89
Metroid1986Arcade, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Knytt2006Windows3.94
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Selected Covers

Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Shape Shifter
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy
Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story+
Cave Story Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Shape Shifter
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