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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Powerslave PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city...

Prey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

Prince of Persia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Prince of Persia once again resets the timeline of the series and marks the start of a new trilogy with...

Rabi-Ribi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), PS Vita (2017) and PlayStation 4 (2017)

Rad Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1988)

As Tal, your job is to single-handedly clear out the aliens who have invaded a desolate and destroyed post-nuclear earth....

Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage Windows Front Cover
Rambo NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

John Rambo is a Special Forces solder that is currently spending time in military prison, well until Colonel Trautman decides...

Red Goddess: Inner World Windows Front Cover
Robot Exploration Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

After the dust from the 3rd world war had settled, a space station was found orbiting Saturn. A scientist, member...

RobotRiot: Hyper! Edition PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2017)

Browser (2010)

Robot Wants Fishy is a short metroidvania style platforming game. The player controls a robot moving around in a single...

Browser (2010)

Robot Wants Ice Cream is a short metroidvania style platform action game. The player controls the robot moving around in...

Browser (2010)

Robot Wants Kitty is a short metroidvania style platforming game. The player controls a robot moving around in a single...

Robox Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is the sequel to Rush'n Attack and the third main game in the series, following the arcade-only...

Rygar NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1987)

This version of Rygar is quite different from the arcade original and its ports, though it shares the same basic...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Based on the Cartoon Network animated series, Samurai Jack has been sent to another place in time by his nemesis...

Scurge: Hive Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

When bounty hunter Jenosa Arma takes on a mission to investigate Planet Inos, a research center investigating an alien lifeform...

NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

Windows (2003)

Seiklus is an exploration/adventure game, exploration being the key element. Your goal is to find your lost girlfriend while collecting...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Complex: Remastered Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Windows Apps (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Shadow Complex: Remastered is an enhanced version of the 2009 Xbox 360 title Shadow Complex. It has the full original...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Android (2015), Nintendo 3DS (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2016), Fire OS (2015) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in the Shantae series. After losing her genie powers in the...

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