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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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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Windows Front Cover
Monster Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Young girl, Ellie, finds a strange, glowing bracelet in the woods, and upon touching it is transported to a magical...

Monster World IV Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Monster World IV is a sequel to Wonder Boy 5: Monster World 3. The player controls Asha, the green-haired girlfriend...

Montezuma's Revenge Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec...

Atari 2600 (1984)

This game is a port of Montezuma's Revenge. It does not change the gameplay, but there are only 23 rooms...

Mystik Belle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

In Mystik Belle you play as a young witch, Belle MacFae, a freshman student at the Hagmore School of Witchcraft....

Necrosphere: Deluxe Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), PS Vita (2019), PlayStation 4 (2019) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

Never Split the Party Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018) and Macintosh (2018)

Ninja Shodown Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), PlayStation 4 (2017), Xbox One (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Oblitus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

Windows (1999)

Ode to Zelda: The Second Quest is a fangame based on the Legend of Zelda series. It is a sequel...

Ōkami Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), PlayStation 2 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2008), PlayStation 4 (2017), Xbox One (2017) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world...

Omega Horizon Arduboy Front Cover

Arduboy (2017)

Omega Horizon is a Metroid inspired game were you are tasked with cleaning out all the alien creatures that have...

Omega Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2D platform exploration game set in a large world. The protagonist is a...

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Windows Apps (2016), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is the definitive edition of Ori and the Blind Forest.Improvement and new content...

Outland Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Outland is a 2D platformer that combines mechanics from different games and genres, with fast and agile movement, a large...

Owlboy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2016), Macintosh (2017), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Paradox Soul Windows Front Cover

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

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Pharaoh Rebirth+ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016)

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Piko Piko Windows Front Cover

Windows (2019)

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