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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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....

La-Mulana Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2016), Wii (2011) and PS Vita (2015)

La-Mulana is a remake of the original La-Mulana released in 2005. It is an explorable platformer / metroidvania, or, as...

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

One thousand five hundred years after the events of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the vampire Kain's decision at the...

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Long ago, an evil dragon named Keela was imprisoned inside a magical dungeon. However time has passed and the magic...

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In this second version since the series restart, you are attempting to take out Gaul, the Ape King. The GBA...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the sequel to 1991's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords features two games, a port of the SNES game The...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Wii (2006), Wii U (2014) and New Nintendo 3DS (2016)

Recently, famine and drought have plagued Hyrule. When all seemed lost, a mysterious wizard, Agahnim, appeared, and stopped these strange...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This game is a color-enhanced update to Link's Awakening. The game is also compatible with the original Game Boy.This is...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The fourth game in the Zelda series although it does not take place in Hyrule. After being attacked at sea,...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2015)

Following in the footsteps of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora's Mask 3D is an enhanced remake...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000), Wii (2009) and Wii U (2016)

After having fulfilled Princess Zelda's request and saved the land of Hyrule from a grave danger, Link departs on his...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a graphically enhanced remake of the Nintendo 64 version. The game...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2015)

A young boy named Link was raised in the village of the elf-like Kokiri people. One day a fairy named...

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

A pall of Darkness has fallen over the land of Labrynna. The Sorceress of Shadows has captured the Oracle of...

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The land of Holodrum is dying and Onox, the General of Darkness, has imprisoned the Oracle of Seasons and is...

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii U (2015)

The Legend of Zelda arrives on the Nintendo DS with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. This game starts off...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword once again places the player in control of Link, a Hylian boy who this...

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii U (2015)

Apprentice engineer, Link, is ready to travel to Hyrule Castle and receive his engineer's license - and meet Princess Zelda...

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