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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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) and Xbox One (2016)

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

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 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), PS Vita (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

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...

Sundered Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017) and PlayStation 4 (2017)

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...

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