Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.
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Headlander Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2016), Macintosh (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Hell Yeah!: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Windows Front Cover

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

Just like in space, nobody can hear you cry in Hell. That's why after finding out that some of his...

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2012)

Hero Core is 2D arcade exploration game with minimalistic, monochrome graphic. It is a continuation of Hero. The player controls...

Hive Jump Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017) and Wii U (2017)

Hue Linux Front Cover First version

Linux (2016), Windows (2016), Macintosh (2016), PS Vita (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Hue is a puzzle game played as a side-scrolling platformer. The player controls the male character Hue who needs to...

Hunter's Legacy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2016), Macintosh (2016), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

Iconoclasts Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018), PS Vita (2018), PlayStation 4 (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Windows (2008)

Iji and her brother Dan were visiting the military complex where their father works when suddenly, out of nowhere, an...

Ikachan Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Inescapable Linux Front Cover

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

Inexistence Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a side-scrolling action game in which an alien in a small flying saucer has to...

I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The player is the Kid -- a rather diminutive, yet very ambitious character, whose goal in life is to gain...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Kirby stars in his first four-player simultaneous adventure! There's trouble in neighboring Mirror World, but when Kirby goes off to...

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious is the sequel to Knightmare.The player controls the knight Popolon and his wife Aphrodite,...

Knight 'n' Grail Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2009)

Knight 'n' Grail is a platformer action/adventure game for the Commodore 64 released well after the system's normal lifespan. You...

Windows (2006)

Little Knytt is playing outside when he is suddenly abducted by a UFO. It collides with a meteorite and crash...

Windows (2007)

Knytt Stories, the sequel to Knytt, is a jump-and-run platformer with a distinctive minimalist art style. It is set in...

Knytt Underground Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Wii U (2013)

Knytt Underground is a side-scrolling exploration platformer with a simple basic goal: the world (as the name suggests a underground...

LAB: Still Alive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

In a secret research lab something goes wrong. The security system shuts the lab down and mutated monsters roam the...

La-Mulana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

La•Mulana is a platform title that was five years in development and was designed to look like an MSX game....

La-Mulana Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2016), Wii (2011) and PS Vita (2015)

La-Mulana is a remake of the original La-Mulana released in 2005. It is an explorable platformer / metroidvania, or, as...

La-Mulana 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2018) and Macintosh (2018)

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

One thousand five hundred years after the events of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the vampire Kain's decision at the...

Legacy of the Wizard NES Front Cover

Windows (2018), NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Long ago, an evil dragon named Keela was imprisoned inside a magical dungeon. However time has passed and the magic...

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