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
Akuji the Demon2002Windows...
Metroid Fusion2002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.13
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UKonami of America, Inc.3.73
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition)1997PlayStationKonami Corporation...
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Konami of America, Inc.4.10
Super Metroid1994New Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.32
Super Adventure Island II1994SNES, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.76
Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate1993SEGA Master SystemTec Toy Indústria de Brinquedos S.A....
Shape Shifter1992TurboGrafx CDTurbo Technologies, Inc....
Boing!1992SAM CoupéFRED Publishing...
Ufouria: The Saga1991NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UGaijinworks3.85
Metroid II: Return of Samus1991Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.74
Wonder Boy in Monster World1991Genesis, Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, WindowsHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.49
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap1989Game Gear, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.4.21
The Adventures of Captain Comic1988DOS, NESColor Dreams, Inc.2.99
Draconus1988Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumCognito3.74
The Scheme1988PC-88Bothtec, Inc....
The Goonies II1987Arcade, NESKonami, Inc.3.22
Legacy of the Wizard1987MSX, NES, WindowsBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.53
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest1987NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UKonami, Inc.3.51
Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious1987MSX, NESKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.20
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link1987Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.53
Metroid1986Arcade, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.97
Rad Warrior1986Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, TRS-80 CoCo, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.20
Citadel1985BBC Micro, ElectronSuperior Software Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Ufouria: The Saga Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Ufouria: The Saga
Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Shape Shifter

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Ufouria: The Saga
Title screen
Screenshot from Shape Shifter
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