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Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.
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1000 Amps Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

1000 Amps is a monochrome puzzle game played as a platformer. The player controls Plug and has to restore the...

The Adventures of Captain Comic NES Front Cover

DOS (1988) and NES (1989)

You are Captain Comic, galactic hero. Your mission is to recover three treasures from the planet Omsoc, which have been...

Windows (2005)

Ainevoltas is a small freeware 2D platformer with some very minor RPG elements. Players control Justin as he needs to...

Ainevoltas II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ainevoltas II is a 2D platformer with minor RPG elements. It is the sequel to the earlier game Ainevoltas, but...

Aliens: Infestation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Aliens: Infestation is a side-scrolling action/platformer that takes heavy inspiration from Nintendo's Metroid series and from latter-day Castlevania side-scrollers. Infestation...

Windows (2016)

AM2R: Return of Samus is a fangame and a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus using the art and...

Antichamber Windows Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Antichamber is a first-person puzzle game set in non-Euclidean space. The player has to learn his way through set of...

Aquaria Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2007), Macintosh (2008), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Naija lives in a city on a rock floating high in the sky. She dreams of the ocean, painting pictures...

A Valley without Wind Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

A Valley Without Wind is set on the continent Environ which is overrun by monsters and their masters, the evil...

Axiom Verge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), PS Vita (2016), Wii U (2016), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2016)

Axiom Verge is a 2D metroidvania platform shooter centered around the protagonist Trace, a scientist who, after an experiment gone...

Banjo-Tooie Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2009)

After two years under the rock, Gruntilda is finally set free from her death bed by her two sisters. As...

Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Once again, Batman has captured and returned the Joker to Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, the inmates have taken over and the...

Batman: Arkham City Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and once again stars the masked superhero Batman as the...

Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5D action game set three months after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins. Batman...

The Battle of Olympus NES Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1988)

The Battle of Olympus is an action game with light role-playing elements. It is set in ancient Greece and casts...

Bionic Commando NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

At some point during the 1980's the world has become a stage of battle between the Federation and the Empire....

Bionic Commando Rearmed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Bionic Commando Rearmed is a remake of original Bionic Commando for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The visuals are updated to...

Blaster Master NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2015)

The game begins with a classic story of a boy and his frog who runs away, becomes radioactive and jumps...

Sharp X1 (1985)

The protagonist of the game was sent on the spaceship Zeppelin to a supposedly deserted planet. However, upon entering its...

The Breach Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

As soon as the Hermes, a prototype dimension-crossing starship arrived at its destination's orbit, the mining colony of G-54, it...

SNES (1995)

A downloadable game for the Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom, BS The Legend of Zelda is a remake of...

Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils is an anime-themed, exploration-based platformer. The game is set in a world...

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), J2ME (2008) and Wii U (2014)

Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's...

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Count Dracula has been resurrected and evil will reign supreme unless he is stopped. As Nathan Graves, you'll hunt down...

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and J2ME (2009)

Set one year after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the first Castlevania game for the DS has you playing Soma Cruz...

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