What is a Metroidvania?

A game like Metroid or Castlevania

Gamers use Metroidvania to describe 2D platformers that are similar to early games in the Metroid and Castlevania series. For example, the original Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are pillars of this gaming genre.

What makes a game a Metroidvania?

To qualify as a Metroidvania, a game must:

  • Be a side-scrolling 2D platformer
  • Feature a large, open game world that players can explore non-linearly (with some areas blocked until players acquire new skills or items)
  • Reward players for discovering new or unconventional ways of interacting with the game

What are some notable Metroidvanias?

Some notable Metroidvanias include:

  • Cave Story
  • The Ori series
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Axiom Verge
  • Hollow Knight


What's your favorite Metroidvania?
I really, really love Axiom Verge
Gamers discussing their favorite Metroidvanias on Reddit
Gamers discussing their favorite Metroidvanias on Reddit

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Updated August 26, 2022

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