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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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...

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...

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...

NES (1992)

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

The Goonies II NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1988)

In a movie released in the 1980s, a group of youngsters formed a special gang and called themselves The Goonies....

Guacamelee! PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Juan Aguacate, a former wrestler, now lives in quiet, Mexican town. At least until Carlos Calaca, the ruler of the...

Guacamelee!: Gold Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Guacamelee!: Gold Edition is a compilation of: Guacamelee! Guacamelee!: El Diablo's Domain (DLC) Guacamelee!: Costume Pack 1 (DLC) This is...

Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition is the third version of the game, following the PlayStation exclusive Guacamelee! and the PC...

GunGirl 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

GunGirl 2, the sequel to GunGirl, is a violent side-scrolling platform shooter. Playing as GunGirl or GunDude the player has...

Hell Yeah!: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Windows Front Cover

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

Just like in space, nobody can hear you cry in Hell. That's why after finding out that some of his...

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2012)

Hero Core is 2D arcade exploration game with minimalistic, monochrome graphic. It is a continuation of Hero. The player controls...

Hue Linux Front Cover

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

Hue is a puzzle game played as a side-scrolling platformer. The player controls the male character Hue who needs to...

Windows (2008)

Iji and her brother Dan were visiting the military complex where their father works when suddenly, out of nowhere, an...

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a side-scrolling action game in which an alien in a small flying saucer has to...

I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The player is the Kid -- a rather diminutive, yet very ambitious character, whose goal in life is to gain...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby stars in his first four-player simultaneous adventure! There's trouble in neighboring Mirror World, but when Kirby goes off to...

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious is the sequel to Knightmare.The player controls the knight Popolon and his wife Aphrodite,...

Windows (2006)

Little Knytt is playing outside when he is suddenly abducted by a UFO. It collides with a meteorite and crash...

Windows (2007)

Knytt Stories, the sequel to Knytt, is a jump-and-run platformer with a distinctive minimalist art style. It is set in...

Knytt Underground Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Wii U (2013)

Knytt Underground is a side-scrolling exploration platformer with a simple basic goal: the world (as the name suggests a underground...

La-Mulana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

La•Mulana is a platform title that was five years in development and was designed to look like an MSX game....

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