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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Wake2010WindowsBoss Baddie...
Cave Story2010WiiNicalis, Inc.4.45
Soul of Dracula2010Windows...
Shantae: Risky's Revenge2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DSiWayForward Technologies, Inc....
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, Wii, WindowsFrontier Developments Ltd....
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.28
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie...
Ainevoltas II2008WindowsSilvernova...
Knytt Experiment2007Windows...
Knytt Stories2007Windows4.28
Aquaria2007Android, iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.17
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game2007Windows3.95
La-Mulana2005WindowsGR3 Project4.17
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.89
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Ainevoltas2005WindowsFendez Games...
Metroid: Zero Mission2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Maze of Galious2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBrain Games...
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Game Boy Advance, J2ME, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.4.31
Metroid Fusion2002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.12
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.80
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.74
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Konami of America, Inc.4.10
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Selected Covers

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Shadow Complex
Shantae: Risky's Revenge Nintendo DSi Front Cover
Front cover for Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Metroid Fusion
Wake Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Wake

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Title Screen
Screenshot from Metroid Fusion
Main menu
Screenshot from Wake
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (181363), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (194682), GTramp (58576), リカルド・フィリペ (114795), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (4), Pagen HD (131), chirinea (43233), Harmony♡ (19825), Sciere (506100), Daedolon (4937), Alaka (52964), Kabushi (200390), vEK (1872), jlebel (2211), lights out 10000 (14161), Terok Nor (26298), vedder (28560) and Angel Pérez (76)