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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Blood Alloy: Reborn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Bloody Vampire Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Sharp X1 (1985)

The protagonist of the game was sent on the spaceship Zeppelin to a supposedly deserted planet. However, upon entering its...

The Breach Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

As soon as the Hermes, a prototype dimension-crossing starship arrived at its destination's orbit, the mining colony of G-54, it...

SNES (1995)

A downloadable game for the Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom, BS The Legend of Zelda is a remake of...

Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils is an anime-themed, exploration-based platformer. The game is set in a world...

Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Castle in the Darkness Windows Front Cover
Castle of Heart Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2018)

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), J2ME (2008) and Wii U (2014)

Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's...

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Wii U (2014)

Count Dracula has been resurrected and evil will reign supreme unless he is stopped. As Nathan Graves, you'll hunt down...

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and J2ME (2009)

Set one year after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the first Castlevania game for the DS has you playing Soma Cruz...

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: Spectral Interlude ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2015)

Castlevania: Spectral Interlude is a fan made classic 2D action platformer with RPG elements.The game started out as a remake...

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,...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The limited edition of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night includes: The game itself The "Illustrations & Comic" -art book The...

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...

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