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Genre: Explorable platformer / Metroidvania

Group Description

This group includes platform games that allow the player to move between interconnected areas rather than advance stage after stage in a linear fashion. Acquiring specific items and abilities is often needed to access new areas. Role-playing elements such as equipment management are also common, up to the point of featuring full-fledged RPG systems.

The genre was popularized by Metroid (1986) and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987), which later led to the widely accepted portmanteau term Metroidvania, even though there exist earlier examples of this type of gameplay.

  • Interconnected areas and a considerable degree of non-linearity in exploration is the main requirement.
  • Only 2D platform games are allowed. Overhead games that fulfill the above requirement (such as most Zelda games) should not be part of the group. Games with 3D graphics can only be accepted if they imitate perspective and gameplay of 2D platformers.
  • Role-playing games are allowed as long as they answer the above requirements.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
8Doors: Arum's Afterlife Adventure2021Nintendo Switch, WindowsNeowiz Games Corporation...
Metroid Dread2021Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Castlevania: Advance Collection2021Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox SeriesKonami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd....
Ori and the Will of the Wisps2020Nintendo Switch, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox Oneiam8bit...
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night2019Android, iPad, iPhone, Luna, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox One505 Games S.R.L.2.50
Robot Wants It All2019Linux, WindowsHamumu Games, Inc....
Timespinner2018Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneChucklefish Ltd....
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom2018Luna, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows, Xbox OneFDG Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG...
Dead Cells2017Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox OneMotion Twin4.29
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap2017Android, Gloud, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Luna, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Xbox OneDotEmu SAS4.20
Metroid: Samus Returns2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Hydra Castle Labyrinth2017Dreamcast, Linux, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PSP, PS Vita, Wii...
Seasons after Fall2016Blacknut, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneFocus Home Interactive SAS...
AM2R: Return of Samus2016Windows...
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition2016Nintendo Switch, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios4.48
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneBadLandGames S.L.4.00
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.95
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.41
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.75
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.54
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze2014Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014Luna, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Wii U, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneWayForward Technologies, Inc.4.37
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Selected Covers

Robot Exploration Squad Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Robot Exploration Squad
Metroid Dread Nintendo Switch Front Cover
Front cover for Metroid Dread

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Robot Exploration Squad
Strider Hiryu makes his entrance.
Screenshot from Strider
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (181445), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (271282), GTramp (77634), Sid Hannah (7), Alsy (21877), Rik Hideto (461464), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (5), Kam1Kaz3NL77 (459126), Pagen HD (156), chirinea (47006), Bart Smith (1306), Harmony♡ (20663), GoaBim (187), Sciere (780625), Daedolon (6361), Alaka (86772), Kabushi (257603), Hergezod (15431), vEK (1871), jlebel (2207), lights out party (59805), Terok Nor (32358), BdR (7044), vedder (57628) and Angel Pérez (74)
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