DescriptionMetroidvania 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.
ZX Spectrum (2015)
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Nintendo 3DS (2012)
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Nintendo Switch (2017)
Nintendo 3DS (2011)
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Wii U (2016)
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Nintendo Switch (2019)
SEGA Master System (1989)
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Wii U (2012)
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Top games by as rated by the press:
- 97 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 96 Metroid Prime
- 95 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- 95 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- 95 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- 94 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- 94 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- 94 Batman: Arkham City
- 93 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- 93 Super Metroid
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Top games as rated by our users:
- 4.56 Dead Cells (2017)
- 4.43 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
- 4.33 Batman: Arkham City (2011)
- 4.32 Prey (2017)
- 4.32 Super Metroid (1994)
- 4.31 Dark Souls: Remastered (2018)
- 4.28 Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003)
- 4.28 Knytt Stories (2007)
- 4.23 Iji (2008)
- 4.21 Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (1989)
Games must have at least 5 votes and a User Score of 4.0 to be considered.
Metroidvania is part of Gameplay. This group of genres contain:
- Action RPG
- Beat 'em up / Brawler
- Board Game
- Cards / Tiles
- Casino / Gambling
- City Building / Construction Simulation
- Dating Simulation
- Falling Block Puzzle
- Game Show / Trivia / Quiz
- Graphic Adventure
- Hack and Slash
- Hidden object
- Interactive Book
- Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure
- Japanese-style Adventure
- Japanese-style RPG (JRPG)
- Life / Social Simulation
- Managerial / Business Simulation
- Martial Arts
- Massively Multiplayer
- Mental training
- Music / Rhythm
- Paddle / Pong
- Party Game
- Puzzle elements
- Quick Time Events (QTEs)
- Rail Shooter
- Real-time strategy
- RPG elements
- Sandbox / Open World
- Survival Horror
- Tactical RPG
- Tactical Shooter
- Tile Matching Puzzle
- Timed Input
- Time Management
- Tower Defense
- Trading / Collectible Card
- Tricks / Stunts
- Turn-based strategy
- Vehicle Simulator
- Vehicular Combat Simulator
- Visual Novel
- Word Construction