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What ChangedGenre Description
Genre NameMetroidvania
DescriptionMetroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and CastleVania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later CastleVania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.

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Genre Name
Metroidvania
Description
Same mechanics as Interactive Fiction, with modifications for graphics made to the input and output interface. Output can include graphics, which can either be turned off (Transylvania, Tau Ceti, etc.) or are mandatory (Sierra "Quest" and Lucasarts "SCUMM" games). Input is still text-based requiring verb-noun input, but the method of selection does not have to rely on the keyboard (meaning, you can pick from a visual list of verbs and nouns, like Lucasarts adventures).¶

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the Interaction Fiction with Graphics subgenre, verb-noun input using text labels must be maintained. If the verbs (actions) and nouns (items) are replaced by icons or pictures, or accepts verb-only or noun-only input, it no longer qualfies as Interactive Fiction.
Genre Name
Metroidvania
Description
Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and CastleVania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the <moby gamegroup="Metroid">Metroid</moby> games and later <moby gamegroup="CastleVania">CastleVania</moby> games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. <moby game="The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past">The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past</moby>) or 3D games (e.g. <moby game="Batman: Arkham Asylum">Batman: Arkham Asylum</moby>) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.

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Revision Rev # When What Changed Revised By Status Revision Type
view changes 4 Oct 01, 2019 Genre Description Sciere (599137) Approved major update
view changes 3 Sep 24, 2019 Genre Description Alianger (231) Rejected edit
view changes 2 Nov 26, 2016 Genre Description Sciere (599137) Approved minor edit
view changes 1 Nov 26, 2016 Genre Description Sciere (599137) Approved minor edit