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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
Timespinner2018Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox OneChucklefish Ltd....
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom2018Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Windows, Xbox OneFDG Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG...
Metroid: Samus Returns2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap2017Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneDotEmu SAS4.20
AM2R: Return of Samus2016Windows...
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.39
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.95
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Axiom Verge2015Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneBadLandGames S.L.4.10
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.54
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
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 Cut2014PlayStation 4, Wii U, WindowsWayForward Technologies, Inc.4.37
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.23
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
The Swapper2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneCurve Digital Publishing Limited4.18
1000 Amps2012Macintosh, Windows3.36
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
Dust: An Elysian Tail2012iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360Humble Hearts LLC4.10
Treasure Adventure Game2012WindowsRobit Studios4.11
La-Mulana2011Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox OneEnjoyUp Games S.L....
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Selected Covers

Timespinner Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Timespinner
The Waste Land Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Waste Land

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Waste Land
Title screen
Screenshot from The Sun at Night
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