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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Owlboy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2016), Macintosh (2017), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Pharaoh Rebirth+ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns PC Booter Front Cover PCjr Cartridge

Windows (2010), PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985), Xbox 360 (2010), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

You play Pitfall Harry searching for the Raj diamond, his niece Rhonda, and a variety of treasures somewhere in the...

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and Wii (2008)

You play as Pitfall Harry, intrepid adventurer on a mission to rescue an archaeological expedition that has gotten lost in...

Windows (2012)

You're just walking along, seein' how your 12-gauge looks in t'moonlight, like, when Gamey accuses you of poachin'! Then, to...

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016) and Windows (2015)

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night is the follow-up to Porradaria Upgrade. Unlike the previous game it has more of...

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
Rex: Another Island Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017) and Macintosh (2017)

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)

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