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
Metroid: Samus Returns2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneBadLandGames S.L.4.38
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.39
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.35
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze2014Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc....
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.90
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc....
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.80
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.3.77
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.98
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.16
UnEpic2011Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneA Crowd of Monsters3.81
La-Mulana2011Linux, Macintosh, PS Vita, Wii, WindowsEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Cave Story 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNIS America, Inc....
Cave Story+2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNicalis, Inc.3.80
Project Black Sun2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsStarflower Games...
Aliens: Infestation2011Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.92
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Selected Covers

Dust: An Elysian Tail Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Dust: An Elysian Tail
Metroid: Samus Returns Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Metroid: Samus Returns
La-Mulana Linux Front Cover
Front cover for La-Mulana
1000 Amps Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for 1000 Amps

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Dust: An Elysian Tail
Title screen
Screenshot from La-Mulana
Title screen
Screenshot from 1000 Amps
Game group created by Oleg Roschin (181737), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (205268), GTramp (60461), リカルド・フィリペ (145948), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (5), Kam1Kaz3NL77 (99005), Pagen HD (131), chirinea (44086), Harmony♡ (20188), Sciere (507798), Daedolon (5182), Alaka (56945), Kabushi (209401), vEK (1872), jlebel (2211), lights out 10000 (16724), Terok Nor (26691), BdR (6004), vedder (36515) and Angel Pérez (74)