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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.

  • 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
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.40
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game2007Windows3.95
Knytt Stories2007Windows4.28
La•Mulana2005WindowsAGM Playism4.17
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.88
Maze of Galious2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBrain Games...
Metroid: Zero Mission2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.09
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow2003Game Boy Advance, J2ME, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.4.30
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Metroid Fusion2002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.17
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.85
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.77
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Konami of America, Inc.4.09
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition)1997PlayStationKonami Corporation4.92
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Super Metroid1994SNES, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate1993SEGA Master SystemTec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A.3.80
Boing!1992SAM CoupéFRED Publishing...
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc.2.85
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.51
Ufouria: The Saga1991NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UGaijinworks3.88
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Selected Covers

Aquaria Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Aquaria
Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Metroid: Zero Mission
Cave Story Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story
La•Mulana Windows Front Cover
Front cover for La•Mulana

Selected Screenshots

Naija's cloud city (introduction sequence)
Screenshot from Aquaria
The remains of... something...
Screenshot from Metroid: Zero Mission
Title Screen
Screenshot from Cave Story
Start-up screen
Screenshot from La•Mulana