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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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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair brings together a cast of protagonists from previous games in the series with the classic 2D...

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002) and Wii U (2014)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second Castlevania game to appear on the Game Boy Advance. Juste Belmont and friend...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is the second game in the Castlevania series. After the vampire killer Simon Belmont destroyed Count...

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Set in the early 19th century, this installment of the long running Castlevania series takes a slight departure from the...

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin you control two characters, a vampire hunter named Jonathan Morris and a young witch Charlotte...

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night Windows Phone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is a retelling of the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night story in the form...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Five years ago, Richter Belmont, the latest in the Belmont lineage and the one destined to be a Vampire Hunter,...

Cave Story Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2005), Dreamcast (2013), Amiga (2008), Macintosh (2005), Nintendo DSi (2010), GP2X (2007) and GP2X Wiz (2011)

Cave Story is a metroidvania platformer with the amnesiac soldier Quote finding a city of rabbits called Mimigas. The Mimigas...

Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Cave Story is a re-release of the original Cave Story and meant to replace the 2010 DSi version. As technical...

Cave Story Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

The WiiWare version of Cave Story is an updated version of the original game. The visuals have been updated to...

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Cave Story+ is an enhanced version of the original Cave Story. Compared to other versions it is the most complete...

Cave Story 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Cave Story 3D is an enhanced remake of Cave Story and the first version for the 3DS platform. The most...

Clash at Demonhead NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Professor Plum and his designs for the "doomsday device", DEAD END have been taken by the diabolical LAWBREAKERS - a...

Codename Droid: Stryker's Run - Part 2 BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

In this sequel to Stryker's Run you once again play the role of John Stryker whose mission it is to...

Darksiders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Darksiders has players take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who has been...

Darksiders II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II is an action-adventure game and the sequel to Darksiders. It takes place parallel to the first game where...

Darksiders II Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2012)

This is a conversion of Darksiders II for the Wii U platform. Next to the base game it incorporates all...

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is a remastered version of the 2010 game Darksiders, similar to Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition as a...

Dark Souls Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Long ago, before humans existed, the world was ruled by dragons. However, when humans came along, the dragons were all...

Demon's Crest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii U (2014)

Demon's Crest is a sequel to Gargoyle's Quest. Once, the world of demons and the world of humans co-existed in...

Dex: Enhanced Version Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Dex: Enhanced Version is an updated version of the original game with the addition of new quests and items. This...

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

In The Divide: Enemies Within, the player takes control of an explorer on an alien planet. After they land to...

Dust: An Elysian Tail Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2015), iPad (2015) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Dust awakens one day in a forest and meets his two helpful companions for the first time: Ahran, a speaking...

Browser (2011)

The weather was fine, and everyone decided it was a great day to be outside. Elephant dressed up in his...

Browser (2010)

A young dwarf is set on a journey by his late father's bequest, to set past wrongs right. Merely a...

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