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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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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Symbiotes have taken over New York, the city is in chaos, and only Spider-Man has a chance of stopping this...

Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

One of the Professor's inventions has inadvertently torn a large hole in the fabric of space/time, creating a portal between...

SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2013), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

The protagonist Rusty is a robot who inherits a mine from his uncle. Since he additionally also received a pick-axe,...

Strider NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The Striders are a global organization of infiltration specialists who work to combat villainy and keep the world safe. From...

Strider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strider is a modern reinterpretation of Capcom's arcade classic Strider, with some gameplay elements borrowed from the NES version. The...

Super Metroid SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Wii (2007), Wii U (2013) and New Nintendo 3DS (2016)

After having defeated Mother Brain, the leader of the Space Pirates who wanted to use alien creatures known as Metroids...

Super Pitfall NES Front Cover

NES (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and PC-88 (1986)

Pitfall Harry returns to adventuring in this “Super” sequel to Pitfall! and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. Harry’s mission: to recover...

Super Win the Game Linux Front Cover

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

Super Win the Game is the successor to the freeware game You Have to Win the Game. Like the first...

The Swapper Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

The Swapper is a puzzle-platform game with a side-scrolling perspective. In the game the player has control over "The Swapper",...

Tails Adventure Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Before Tails met Sonic the Hedgehog he lived on Cocoa Island, a place that isn't on the map. It's an...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze is based on the 2012 Nickelodeon TV series. The game sends the...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The third Ninja Turtle adventure on the Game Boy takes place one year after the events of the last game....

Teslagrad Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2015), PS Vita (2015), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2016)

Teslagrad is a side-scrolling platformer with strong puzzle elements. The protagonist is a boy who finds himself inside the mysterious...

The Witness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

The Witness is a first-person adventure game with a strong focus on puzzles and it is set on an abandoned...

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Halloween Town is preparing for this year's Halloween, and Jack Skellington is sure that this one will be the best...

Tomba! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

In this fast and frantic side-scrolling action game you play as the pink-haired, high-jumping jungle boy Tombi. In order to...

Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

The evil pigs from Tomba! are back, and only Tomba can stop them. The pigs have kidnapped Tomba's friend Tabby,...

Treasure Adventure Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Two friends, Gagwin and Baggus, along with Gagwin's son, went on a search for the 12 legendary treasures once gathered...

SEGA Master System (1993)

After defeating the Dragão Gospe Fogo (in Mônica no Castelo do Dragão), Mônica was kidnapped by Capitão Feio, but before...

Genesis (1994)

Mônica went to visit her friends in País da Fantasia (Fantasy Land), but when she arrived, she had a surprise:...

Ufouria: The Saga NES Front Cover

NES (1991), Wii (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Hebereke (Bop Louie in PAL regions) is a penguin-like creature (though in PAL release he is more humanoid and looks...

UnEpic Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2013), PS Vita (2016), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Unepic is a two dimensional, side-scrolling platforming action game with RPG elements, created by a Spanish independent developer Francisco Téllez...

Valdis Story: Abyssal City Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2015)

Valdis Story is an action/exploration platformer with strong ties to the metroidvana genre. Thematically it is set in a world...

Vampire Killer MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986) and Wii U (2014)

You are young Simon, who has just entered Dracula's Satanic Castle. The world of Dransylvania is in trouble, and you...

DOS (1996) and OS/2 (1997)

Vigilance on Talos V is about Killian Jared, a man who became a mercenary to save his daughter Celeste from...

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