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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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 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Wii U (2017), 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...

Dead Cells Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Demon Peak Linux Front Cover

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

Demon's Crest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Wii U (2014) and New Nintendo 3DS (2016)

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), PS Vita (2016), 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...

Environmental Station α Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Escape from the Underworld is a platformer with a large focus on exploration. It was made for the Indie Kombat...

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem is a psychological thriller epic starring the adventures of twelve characters that span across the world...

Eternal Daughter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Eternal Daughter is an anime-themed freeware platformer. The player is cast as Mia, a young girl born into slavery under...

Evil Genome Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Faxanadu NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Wii (2010)

Faxanadu is a 2D platformer with elements of role-playing in addition to side-scrolling action.The story is a classic one of...

The Floor is Jelly Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The Floor is Jelly is a physics-based puzzle platformer set in a world where all solid surfaces are composed of...

forma.8 PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), PS Vita (2017), Wii U (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017), Xbox One (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Gargoyle's Quest Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The friendly Ghoul Realm was invaded by aliens know as the Destroyers ages ago. The Destroyers almost captured the Ghoul...

Gargoyle's Quest II NES Front Cover

NES (1992), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

The Ghoul realm is under attack by a mysterious force and aspiring warrior Firebrand sets out to save it.As in...

Ghost 1.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

NES (1992)

In Ghoul School the player is cast as Spike O'Hara, a senior at Cool School High in a small American...

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