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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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Castlevania: Spectral Interlude ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2015)

Castlevania: Spectral Interlude is a fan made classic 2D action platformer with RPG elements.The game started out as a remake...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Five years ago, Richter Belmont, the latest in the Belmont lineage and the one destined to be a Vampire Hunter,...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The limited edition of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night includes: The game itself The "Illustrations & Comic" -art book The...

Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

An evil witch has brought evil and darkness to the enchanted wood, wiping out all but 1 of the innocent...

Cave Story Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2005), Dreamcast (2013), Amiga (2008), Macintosh (2005), Nintendo DSi (2010), GP2X (2007) and GP2X Wiz (2011)

Cave Story is a metroidvania platformer with the amnesiac soldier Quote finding a city of rabbits called Mimigas. The Mimigas...

Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Cave Story is a re-release of the original Cave Story and meant to replace the 2010 DSi version. As technical...

Cave Story Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

The WiiWare version of Cave Story is an updated version of the original game. The visuals have been updated to...

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Cave Story+ is an enhanced version of the original Cave Story. Compared to other versions it is the most complete...

Cave Story+ Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2017)

Cave Story 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Cave Story 3D is an enhanced remake of Cave Story and the first version for the 3DS platform. The most...

Chasm Linux Front Cover

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

Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus Macintosh Front Cover
Citadale: Gate of Souls Wii U Front Cover
Citadale: The Ancestral Strain Linux Front Cover
Citadale: The Legends Trilogy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017) and Wii U (2017)

Clash at Demonhead NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Professor Plum and his designs for the "doomsday device", DEAD END have been taken by the diabolical LAWBREAKERS - a...

Codename Droid: Stryker's Run - Part 2 BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

In this sequel to Stryker's Run you once again play the role of John Stryker whose mission it is to...

NES (1988)

Cosmo Police: Galivan for the NES is very different from the other versions and a game that belongs to the...

Cryogear Nintendo Switch Front Cover

Nintendo Switch (2019)

SEGA Master System (1989)

It is the year 2242. You are Paladin, the galaxy's toughest bounty hunter. Cyborgs are about to take complete control...

Dandara Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018), iPhone (2018), iPad (2018), PlayStation 4 (2018), Xbox One (2018) and Nintendo Switch (2018)

Darksiders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Darksiders has players take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who has been...

Darksiders II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Darksiders II is an action-adventure game and the sequel to Darksiders. It takes place parallel to the first game where...

Darksiders II Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2012)

This is a conversion of Darksiders II for the Wii U platform. Next to the base game it incorporates all...

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2016), Wii U (2017), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2016) and Nintendo Switch (2019)

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is a remastered version of the 2010 game Darksiders, similar to Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition as a...

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