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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SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2013), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014), Xbox One (2015) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

The protagonist Rusty is a robot who inherits a mine from his uncle. Since he additionally also received a pick-axe,...

Strider NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The Striders are a global organization of infiltration specialists who work to combat villainy and keep the world safe. From...

Strider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Strider is a modern reinterpretation of Capcom's arcade classic Strider, with some gameplay elements borrowed from the NES version. The...

SUAD: Shut Up and Dig Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

Sundered Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017) and PlayStation 4 (2017)

Super Daryl Deluxe Windows Front Cover
Super Metroid SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Wii (2007), Wii U (2013) and New Nintendo 3DS (2016)

After having defeated Mother Brain, the leader of the Space Pirates who wanted to use alien creatures known as Metroids...

Super Panda Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Super Panda Adventures is a game where you play as Fu - a panda warrior who has to rescue the...

Super Pitfall NES Front Cover

NES (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and PC-88 (1986)

Pitfall Harry returns to adventuring in this “Super” sequel to Pitfall! and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. Harry’s mission: to recover...

Super Win the Game Linux Front Cover

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

Super Win the Game is the successor to the freeware game You Have to Win the Game. Like the first...

The Swapper Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

The Swapper is a puzzle-platform game with a side-scrolling perspective. In the game the player has control over "The Swapper",...

Tails Adventure Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Before Tails met Sonic the Hedgehog he lived on Cocoa Island, a place that isn't on the map. It's an...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze is based on the 2012 Nickelodeon TV series. The game sends the...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The third Ninja Turtle adventure on the Game Boy takes place one year after the events of the last game....

Teslagrad Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2015), PS Vita (2015), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2015), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Teslagrad is a side-scrolling platformer with strong puzzle elements. The protagonist is a boy who finds himself inside the mysterious...

The Legend of Zelda Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

In one of the darkest times in the Kingdom of Hyrule, a young, pointy-eared boy named Link takes on an...

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Halloween Town is preparing for this year's Halloween, and Jack Skellington is sure that this one will be the best...

Timespinner Linux Front Cover

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

Tomba! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

In this fast and frantic side-scrolling action game you play as the pink-haired, high-jumping jungle boy Tombi. In order to...

Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

The evil pigs from Tomba! are back, and only Tomba can stop them. The pigs have kidnapped Tomba's friend Tabby,...

Tomb Raider Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Android (2017)

The young archaeologist Lara Croft is traveling on the ship Endurance together with a crew to locate the prehistoric Japanese...

Toshi Tensō Keikaku: Eternal City TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Toshi Tensō Keikaku: Eternal City is a 2D-scrolling shooter game with some metroidvania elements. You play as Minty Geile, a...

Touhou: Double Focus PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Touhou Luna Nights Windows Front Cover

Windows (2018)

Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found Macintosh Front Cover
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