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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Lunnye Devitsy2009WindowsBoss Baddie3.40
Shadow Complex2009Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.44
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias2009iPad, iPhone, WiiFrontier Developments Ltd.4.67
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game2007Windows3.95
Knytt Stories2007Windows4.28
Knytt Experiment2007Windows3.25
Aquaria2007iPad, Linux, Macintosh, Windows1C-SoftClub4.14
Knytt2006Windows3.94
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow2005J2ME, Nintendo DSKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.05
Cave Story2005Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP2X Wiz, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo DSi, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.89
La•Mulana2005WindowsAGM Playism4.17
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.4.31
Akuji the Demon2002Windows3.50
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance2002Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami Corporation3.85
Metroid Fusion2002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.17
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 Metroid1994SNES, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.29
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
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc.2.85
Boing!1992SAM CoupéFRED Publishing...
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Selected Covers

Lunnye Devitsy Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Lunnye Devitsy
Cave Story Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cave Story

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Knytt Experiment
Our hero is about to fall off the moon
Screenshot from Lunnye Devitsy