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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Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Wii U (2016) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut is a special edition of Shantae: Risky's Revenge. For the PS4 it is the...

DOS (1994)

Sinaria: Lost In Space is a precursor to John Pollard and Joe Hillman's later game, Vigilance on Talos V. Like...

Song of the Deep Windows Front Cover
Sonic Advance 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2016)

Eggman has broken the world into seven parts, now the player must find the seven Chaos Emeralds to restore the...

Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1998), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Yet again Sonic and friends find themselves wrapped up in the schemes of Dr. Robotnik. This time he plans to...

Sorcerian DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), MSX (1991), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1988)

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa,...

Nintendo DS (2011)

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Spider-Man has a problem. Not only has he a collection of villains on his case willing to take him down,...

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 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2016), Macintosh (2017), Android (2017), 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...

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