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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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NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2011)

Seiklus is an exploration/adventure game, exploration being the key element. Your goal is to find your lost girlfriend while collecting...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Complex: Remastered Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Windows Apps (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Shadow Complex: Remastered is an enhanced version of the 2009 Xbox 360 title Shadow Complex. It has the full original...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Nintendo 3DS (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2016), Fire OS (2015) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in the Shantae series. After losing her genie powers in the...

Shantae and the Seven Sirens iPad Front Cover

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

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Wii U (2016) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut is a special edition of Shantae: Risky's Revenge. For the PS4 it is the...

Shinsekai: Into the Depths iPad Front Cover

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

DOS (1994)

Sinaria: Lost In Space is a precursor to John Pollard and Joe Hillman's later game, Vigilance on Talos V. Like...

Sneaky Sasquatch iPad Front Cover

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

Song of the Deep Windows Front Cover
Sonic Advance 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2016)

Eggman has broken the world into seven parts, now the player must find the seven Chaos Emeralds to restore the...

Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1998), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Yet again Sonic and friends find themselves wrapped up in the schemes of Dr. Robotnik. This time he plans to...

Sorcerian DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), MSX (1991), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1988)

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa,...

Space Hunter NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

After a devastating nuclear war humanity is on the brink of extinction. In order to survive, robots and cyborgs were...

SpellCaster SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

SpellCaster is an action/adventure game where you play the role of Kane, who has been summoned by Daikak, the great...

Spelunker II: Yūsha e no Chōsen NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The beautiful Fairy Land has been ruled by the evil demon Geyla for a thousand years. You are a nameless...

Spiderbot PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1988)

You're a robotic insect, leading a normally happy life in your robotic jungle, when some of your robotic cousins decide...

Nintendo DS (2011)

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Spider-Man has a problem. Not only has he a collection of villains on his case willing to take him down,...

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Symbiotes have taken over New York, the city is in chaos, and only Spider-Man has a chance of stopping this...

Spooky Ghosts Dot Com Linux Front Cover
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