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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
Ori and the Will of the Wisps2020Nintendo Switch, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox Oneiam8bit...
Robot Wants It All2019Linux, WindowsHamumu Games, Inc....
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...
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap2017Android, Gloud, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Xbox OneDotEmu SAS4.20
Dead Cells2017Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox OneMotion Twin4.29
Metroid: Samus Returns2017Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
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
Shadow Complex: Remastered2015PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneEpic Games, Inc.2.41
Ori and the Blind Forest2015Windows, Xbox OneMicrosoft Studios3.97
Robot Exploration Squad2015WindowsDolaSoft...
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition2014Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.54
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 Cut2014Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Wii U, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneWayForward Technologies, Inc.4.37
The Sun at Night2014WindowsMinicore Studios LLC...
Strider2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate2013Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.01
Valdis Story: Abyssal City2013Macintosh, WindowsEndlessfluff Games...
Guacamelee!2013PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now, PS VitaDrinkBox Studios Inc....
The Swapper2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneCurve Digital Publishing Limited4.18
Guacamelee!: Gold Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDrinkBox Studios Inc.4.23
Cave Story2012Nintendo 3DSNicalis, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Dead Cells Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Dead Cells
The Waste Land Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Waste Land
The Swapper Linux Front Cover
Front cover for The Swapper
Axiom Verge Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Axiom Verge

Selected Screenshots

Early Access notice (Early Access version)
Screenshot from Dead Cells
Title screen
Screenshot from The Waste Land
Main menu
Screenshot from The Swapper
Title screen.
Screenshot from Axiom Verge
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