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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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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
Traps n' Gemstones Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Apps (2014)

Treasure Adventure Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Two friends, Gagwin and Baggus, along with Gagwin's son, went on a search for the 12 legendary treasures once gathered...

Tristoy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

SEGA Master System (1993)

After defeating the Dragão Gospe Fogo (in Mônica no Castelo do Dragão), Mônica was kidnapped by Capitão Feio, but before...

Turma da Mônica na Terra dos Monstros Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Mônica went to visit her friends in País da Fantasia (Fantasy Land), but when she arrived, she had a surprise:...

Ufouria: The Saga NES Front Cover

NES (1991), Wii (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Hebereke (Bop Louie in PAL regions) is a penguin-like creature (though in PAL release he is more humanoid and looks...

UnEpic Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2013), PS Vita (2016), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

Unepic is a two dimensional, side-scrolling platforming action game with RPG elements, created by a Spanish independent developer Francisco Téllez...

Unworthy Windows Front Cover
Valdis Story: Abyssal City Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2015)

Valdis Story is an action/exploration platformer with strong ties to the metroidvana genre. Thematically it is set in a world...

Vampire Killer MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986) and Wii U (2014)

You are young Simon, who has just entered Dracula's Satanic Castle. The world of Dransylvania is in trouble, and you...

DOS (1996) and OS/2 (1997)

Vigilance on Talos V is about Killian Jared, a man who became a mercenary to save his daughter Celeste from...

Void Memory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

VVVVVV Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Browser (2010), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2011), PS Vita (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015), Ouya (2014) and Nintendo Switch (2017)

VVVVVV is a platformer brought back to the aesthetics of those in the eighties, with a basic colour palette and...

Wario Land 3 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

During a joyride in his biplane, the engine blows and Wario crashes into the woods. It's here where he finds...

The Waste Land Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The Waste Land - loosely based on T.S. Eliot's poem by the same name - is a metroidvania-style game -...

Way of the Turtle iPad Front Cover

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

Windows (2006)

Dr. Cliché has built two bombs to turn the entire world to ice. The first one failed, but now the...

The Witness Macintosh Front Cover

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

The Witness is a first-person adventure game with a strong focus on puzzles and it is set on an abandoned...

NES (1992)

The evil wizard Malkil was not actually vanquished at the end of the previous game. In fact, after the mighty...

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