Metroidvania Games

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha 1.2.5

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There’s something to be said for traditional shooters. Hearkening back to the era of Asteroids and Sinistar, with SketchFighter 4000 Alpha taking elements from both of those and distilling them down ...



It was the idea of Carrion that first drew me in. We have all played games where we hunt and kill a monster, but in Carrion, you are the monster! While it may look like a typical Metroidvania style ...

Alwa’s Legacy


Alwa's Legacy is the follow up from the popular Alwa's Awakening (2017) and it is a very interesting follow-up. This is an indie Metroidvania style game, but before you start rolling your eyes let me ...



If you are a fan of 2D action/platform-style games, Blasphemous no doubt has been on your radar for a while. While the game may look like a typical side-scrolling action game. It is not until you ...



As a fan of Metroidvania style games, Minoria from Bombservice is a game I have had a lot of interest in. This is a style of game that many people love and I would say that it is also a style of game ...

Dark Devotion

Dark Devotion

Dark Devotion is a Metroidvania style game that has plenty of RPG elements and rouge-like ones too sprinkled all over it. If you are a fan of 2D sprite-based games in this genre, Dark Devotion is ...



The moment I saw “a mix between Portal, Zelda, and Metroid” I was sold on Supraland. One of the most amazing things about Supraland is the fact that this game was made by just one person! When you ...

Taking its name from a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania, a “Metroidvania” game denotes an experience that involves exploring a huge map, leveling up a character, collecting power-ups and armor upgrades as you do, and generally having a free-form structure to its progression in a 2D or 3D space combining horizontal and vertical elements.

A better definition is that a “Metroidvania” is a “I know it when I see it” type of game. The two titles that gave rise to the subgenre, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Super Metroid, are perhaps still some of the best examples of what constitutes a Metroidvania title to this day but modern takes like Axiom Verge and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night also offer good archetypes for how to judge what is and is not a Metroidvania title.

In another sense, Metroidvania games combine the platforming action of games like Metroid and Castlevania with the role-playing game elements found in titles like Final Fantasy or even more accurately Secret of Mana. This combination of platforming and action RPG serves as the underlying basis for a lot of the gameplay in Metroidvania titles.

Naturally, exploration and some form of “quest” also form a core part of the experience but really Metroidvania games are defined by their gameplay execution more than they are any particular narrative. This makes the Metroidvania moniker malleable and the format applicable to a wide range of different game types and, as a descriptor, can render it somewhat vague and imprecise though, again, people know one when they see one.

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