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Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a subgenre of Action games. The term is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concepts of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games, starting with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (although Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is sometimes considered to be in the same category). Games of this genre feature gameplay in an explorable world that is gated in content mainly by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player, and which gradually opens up more as the player overcomes its obstacles. Generally these games have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected areas or levels, some degree of persistency to their game worlds and some degree of non-linear progression while subtly guiding the player towards the next intended path.

The vast majority of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the term derives from and the term was for a long time used to describe only such games, but this is no longer a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts.

Metroidvania games often feature mild RPG elements such as stat-based character development (upgradable health, strength and luck for example), respawning enemies, NPCs that talk to the player and trading for gear and items.
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1000 Amps Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

1000 Amps is a monochrome puzzle game played as a platformer. The player controls Plug and has to restore the...

3000th Duel Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2019), Macintosh (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2020)

The Adventures of Captain Comic NES Front Cover

DOS (1988) and NES (1989)

You are Captain Comic, galactic hero. Your mission is to recover three treasures from the planet Omsoc, which have been...

AeternoBlade Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014), PlayStation 4 (2015), Xbox One (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

AeternoBlade II PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Aggelos Windows Front Cover

Windows (2018), PlayStation 4 (2019), Xbox One (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

Windows (2005)

Ainevoltas is a small freeware 2D platformer with some very minor RPG elements. Players control Justin as he needs to...

Ainevoltas II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ainevoltas II is a 2D platformer with minor RPG elements. It is the sequel to the earlier game Ainevoltas, but...

Aliens: Infestation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Aliens: Infestation is a side-scrolling action/platformer that takes heavy inspiration from Nintendo's Metroid series and from latter-day Castlevania side-scrollers. Infestation...

Alwa's Legacy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2020), Windows (2020), Macintosh (2020) and Nintendo Switch (2020)

Windows (2016)

AM2R: Return of Samus is a fangame and a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus using the art and...

Antichamber Windows Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Antichamber is a first-person puzzle game set in non-Euclidean space. The player has to learn his way through set of...

Antiflux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Windows (2007)

In An Untitled Story, you begin as an egg in your nest, and the rest is up to you to...

Aquaria Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2007), Macintosh (2008), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Naija lives in a city on a rock floating high in the sky. She dreams of the ocean, painting pictures...

A Robot Named Fight! Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), Windows Apps (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Ascent of Kings iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Wii U (2015), Ouya (2013) and New Nintendo 3DS (2017)

A Valley without Wind Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

A Valley Without Wind is set on the continent Environ which is overrun by monsters and their masters, the evil...

Axiom Verge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), PS Vita (2016), Wii U (2016), PlayStation 4 (2015), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Axiom Verge is a 2D metroidvania platform shooter centered around the protagonist Trace, a scientist who, after an experiment gone...

BALL! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2020)

Banjo-Tooie Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2009)

After two years under the rock, Gruntilda is finally set free from her death bed by her two sisters. As...

Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials Windows Front Cover
Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Once again, Batman has captured and returned the Joker to Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, the inmates have taken over and the...

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 3 (2010) and OnLive (2011)

The Game of the Year release for Batman: Arkham Asylum contains the full game, plus the Insane Night DLC challenge...

Batman: Arkham City Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and OnLive (2012)

Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and once again stars the masked superhero Batman as the...

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