Game Groups > Genre: Explorable platformer / Metroidvania

This group includes platform games that allow the player to move between interconnected areas rather than advance stage after stage in a linear fashion. Acquiring specific items and abilities is often needed to access new areas. Role-playing elements such as equipment management are also common, up to the point of featuring full-fledged RPG systems.

The genre was popularized by Metroid (1986) and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987), which later led to the widely accepted portmanteau term Metroidvania, even though there exist earlier examples of this type of gameplay.

Limitations

  • Interconnected areas and a considerable degree of non-linearity in exploration is the main requirement.
  • Only 2D platform games are allowed. Overhead games that fulfill the above requirement (such as most Zelda games) should not be part of the group. Games with 3D graphics can only be accepted if they imitate perspective and gameplay of 2D platformers.
  • Role-playing games are allowed as long as they answer the above requirements.

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail 1000 Amps 2012 Windows, Macintosh Puzzle
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box cover thumbnail 8Doors: Arum's Afterlife Adventure 2021 Windows, Xbox Series (+4 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Ainevoltas 2005 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Ainevoltas II 2008 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Akuji the Demon 2002 Windows Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Aliens: Infestation 2011 Nintendo DS Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail AM2R: Return of Samus 2016 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Aquaria 2007 Windows, Macintosh (+3 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Axiom Verge 2015 Linux, Windows (+6 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Aztec 1982 Apple II, Commodore 64 (+4 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Below the Root 1984 PC Booter, Commodore 64 (+1 more) Adventure
7.1
box cover thumbnail Blaster Master 1988 NES, Wii (+3 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 2019 Windows, Windows Apps (+8 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Boing! 1992 SAM Coup├ę Action
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box cover thumbnail Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 1987 NES, Wii (+2 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
6.8
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Advance Collection 2021 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+3 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG), Compilation
8.1
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 2003 Game Boy Advance, J2ME (+1 more) Action, Role-playing (RPG)
8.6
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Circle of the Moon 2001 Game Boy Advance, Wii U Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow 2005 Nintendo DS, J2ME Action, Role-playing (RPG)
8.7
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance 2002 Game Boy Advance, Wii U Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate 2013 Xbox 360, Windows (+2 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 PlayStation, SEGA Saturn (+7 more) Action
8.5
box cover thumbnail Cave Story 2010 Wii Action
8.5
box cover thumbnail Cave Story 2005 Windows, Linux (+6 more) Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Cave Story 2012 Nintendo 3DS Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Cave Story 3D 2011 Nintendo 3DS Action
7.6
box cover thumbnail Cave Story+ 2011 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Citadel 1985 Electron, BBC Micro Action
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box cover thumbnail Dark Incursion 2011 iPad, Android (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Dead Cells 2017 Windows, Linux (+11 more) Action
8.6
box cover thumbnail Draconus 1988 Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit (+1 more) Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Dust: An Elysian Tail 2012 Windows, Linux (+6 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Guacamelee! 2013 PlayStation 3, PS Vita (+1 more) Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Guacamelee! Gold Edition 2013 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Action, Compilation
8.0
box cover thumbnail Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition 2014 Xbox 360, Windows (+4 more) Action, Compilation
8.6
Hydra Castle Labyrinth 2017 Dreamcast, Linux (+5 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game 2007 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious 1987 MSX Action
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box cover thumbnail Knytt 2006 Windows Action
7.6
box cover thumbnail Knytt Experiment 2007 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Knytt Stories 2007 Windows Action
8.3
box cover thumbnail La-Mulana 2011 Wii, Windows (+6 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail La-Mulana 2005 Windows Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Legacy of the Wizard 1987 NES, Windows (+1 more) Action
6.8
box cover thumbnail Lone Fungus 2022 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias 2009 Wii, iPhone (+2 more) Action
8.1
box cover thumbnail Lunnye Devitsy 2009 Windows Action
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box cover thumbnail Maj┼Ź Densetsu II: Daimashiky┼Ź Galious 1987 NES Action
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box cover thumbnail Maze of Galious 2004 Windows, Linux (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Meikyuujou Hydra 2011 Windows Action
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