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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Cave Story+ Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2017)

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...

Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus Macintosh Front Cover
Citadale: Gate of Souls Wii U Front Cover
Citadale: The Legends Trilogy Wii U Front Cover
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...

Dandara Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018), iPhone (2018), iPad (2018), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

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...

Dark Souls: Remastered Windows Front Cover
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...

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