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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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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 (2010) and Macintosh (2012)

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

Hero of the Golden Talisman Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The town of the game's hero is under a curse from an evil wizard. He has stolen the Golden Talisman...

Hive Jump Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), Wii U (2017), Xbox One (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Hollow Knight Linux Front Cover 1st version

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

Hue Linux Front Cover First version

Linux (2016), Windows (2016), Macintosh (2016), PS Vita (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

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)

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2018)

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)

Impossible Mission II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Wii (2008)

You have 8 hours to prevent Elvin, a psychotic genius, from destroying the world in this sequel to Impossible Mission....

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...

JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Jumper Jon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2019), iPad (2019) and tvOS (2019)

Junk Planet Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2019)

Jupiter & Mars PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2019)

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...

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