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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.
External links
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Game TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios1.71
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
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.33
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.35
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.46
Soul of Dracula2010Windows3.50
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.53
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NESBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.54
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios3.64
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013WindowsEndlessfluff Games3.67
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.70
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.74
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys1989Genesis, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx CDNEC Technologies, 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
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.80
Unepic2011Wii U, WindowsEnjoyUp Games3.81
Metroid II: Return of Samus1991Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.81
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Selected Covers

Project Black Sun Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Project Black Sun
Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Project Black Sun
The older version has problems with the subtitles.
Screenshot from Akuji the Demon
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy
Main menu
Screenshot from Knytt Experiment