Genre: Explorable platformer / "Metroidvania"
Group DescriptionThis 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.
Front cover for Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
Front cover for Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Front cover for Legacy of the Wizard
Front cover for Metroid
Front cover for Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious
Screenshot from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
Screenshot from Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Screenshot from Legacy of the Wizard
Screenshot from Metroid
Screenshot from Citadel