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Metroidvania

Category Tier-3 Genre

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Metroidvania, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.31
94% 23,852 votes
8.18
94% 7,244 votes
8.18
94% 10,577 votes
8.00
92% 7,855 votes
7.93
93% 1,746 votes
7.85
95% 399 votes
7.85
98% 152 votes
7.81
90% 3,631 votes
7.78
97% 140 votes
7.75
89% 5,021 votes
7.66
95% 131 votes
7.61
87% 4,973 votes
7.60
87% 3,320 votes
7.59
89% 1,175 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Metroidvania is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Metroidvania, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Action 83%
  2. Adventure 76%
  3. 2D 69%
  4. Platformer 68%
  5. Indie 53%
  6. Singleplayer 52%
  7. Pixel Graphics 50%
  8. Action-Adventure 45%
  9. Exploration 44%
  10. 2D Platformer 42%
  11. Side Scroller 31%
  12. Fantasy 26%
  13. Atmospheric 26%
  14. RPG 26%
  15. Retro 25%
  16. Cute 23%
  17. Colorful 23%
  18. Story Rich 20%
  19. Female Protagonist 19%
  20. Controller 19%
  21. Difficult 19%
  22. Puzzle 16%
  23. Puzzle Platformer 16%
  24. Action RPG 15%

The Metroidvania tag is used to describe a specific genre of video games that draw inspiration from two popular game franchises: Metroid and Castlevania. This genre combines elements of exploration, platforming, and character progression to create immersive gaming experiences.

In a Metroidvania game, players usually control a single character who ventures through a large interconnected world. This world is often non-linear and filled with obstacles, enemies, and secrets. Players are typically required to explore the environment thoroughly in order to progress.

One of the defining features of Metroidvania games is the presence of various abilities or power-ups that allow players to access previously inaccessible areas within the game world. As players acquire new skills or equipment throughout their journey, they can backtrack to previously visited locations and discover hidden paths or secrets.

The term "Metroidvania" itself was coined by fans to refer to games that share similar gameplay mechanics as the original Metroid series released by Nintendo and later Castlevania titles such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. These games demonstrated a distinctive blend of exploration-focused gameplay alongside character progression elements.

Famous examples of Metroidvania games include:

  • Symphony of the Night Released in 1997 for PlayStation, this entry in the Castlevania series became iconic for its intricate map design, RPG-like mechanics, and secrets hidden throughout Dracula's castle.
  • Hollow Knight A critically acclaimed indie game developed by Team Cherry where players explore an atmospheric underground kingdom filled with challenging enemies and rewarding discoveries.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest An enchanting platformer where players guide Ori through a mystical forest, gaining new abilities to unlock previously inaccessible areas and overcoming challenging obstacles.

Metroidvania games offer players the thrill of exploration, discovery, and gradual character progression. They provide a sense of satisfaction as players unlock new areas and overcome obstacles using their expanding arsenal of abilities. The genre has attracted a dedicated fan base that appreciates the intricate world design and nonlinear gameplay.

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