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.

Limitations
  • 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.
External links
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Timespinner2018Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, WindowsChucklefish Ltd....
Metroid: Samus Returns2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.35
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
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc....
The Waste Land2014WindowsDigital Tribe Entertainment, Inc....
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, 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
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
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.16
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC3.96
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows...
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...
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Selected Covers

Dust: An Elysian Tail Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Dust: An Elysian Tail

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Dust: An Elysian Tail
Game group created by Unicorn Lynx (181725), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (215701), GTramp (60937), リカルド・フィリペ (162294), Alvaro Pilser, H__L (5), Kam1Kaz3NL77 (110130), Pagen HD (135), chirinea (44752), Harmony♡ (20379), Sciere (519435), Daedolon (5186), Alaka (57906), Kabushi (211229), vEK (1872), jlebel (2211), lights out 10000 (17127), Terok Nor (27026), BdR (6050), vedder (41696) and Angel Pérez (74)