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The following is a collection of various 2D Action - Adventure - Platformer games (Metroidvania) games that were inspired by the various game mechanics and ideas that games like Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the night established. They meet up to most if not all of the following criteria.

-2D Platformer style game play usually involving various combat mechanics (Shooting, Hand to hand, etc.)
-Large Open ended game world that can be explored and sometimes even force you to backtrack and usually providing you with a map of some kind.
-Collectible and Upgradeable Weapons. Items, and Power-ups that can be acquired, some of which are essential to exploring certain areas or even beating the game.
-The possibility to bypass certain Items and Areas that are not required to beat the game. (Speed Runs)
- Optional RPG elements allowing you to level up your character and acquire/upgrade various abilities.

I decided that procedurally generated platformers similar to Spelunky can be considered Metroidvania's but I placed them at the bottom since I believe that Metroidvania's should have an established game world that is meant to be explored and rediscovered overtime as opposed to exploring a completely different world every game. This is merely to seperate them from the other games and does not mean that I do not like them.

Also I am considering adding other games that aren't 2d platformers, but still meet enough of the criteria (Exploration, Collectible Items/weapons, etc.) to be considered Metroidvania's. These include Top-down Zelda-likes and 3D games like Arkham city or Darksiders (Helena The 3rd is a great example, being that it was inspired by Blaster Master).

If you feel there's something missing here. Be sure to let me know in the comments. I'm always trying to add games to the list and I want the list to be as definitive as possible so I appreciate any suggestions.
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Operation Smash
Created by Steve
News: Operation Smash is now available for purchase on Desura: and GamersGate:
Treasure Adventure World
Created by Robit Games
Treasure Adventure World is a huge “metroidvania“-style, open-world, 2D, platform game. . The premise is simple: Sail the world, searching for ancient artefacts that were once powerful weapons used to fight an evil demon. Upgrade your sail-boat and find ge...
Created by Rawrbomb
A journey begins... A treacherous tower... Unravel its mysteries!

What is Teslagrad?
Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle platformer with action elements, where magnetism and other electromagnetic powers are the key to go throughout the game, and t...
Hot Tin Roof
Created by megalomanium
(You can pre-order the game NOW at - you'll get a Steam key once we release!)

Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora is a single-player game aimed at PC / Mac / Linux. It plays best with a gamepad, but works great on mouse an...
Full Bore
Created by Source Horse
Go Full Bore!

Deep underground lies a reminder of Boarkind’s darkest hours. All it takes is one little boar to dig it back up. A block puzzler with an exploratory twist, Full Bore throws the player into an open world of crumbling mines, ...
Odallus: The Dark Call
Created by Brunhildr
A 8bit Action Exploration Platformer that takes place in a dark fantasy world.

Get the Demo!

In search for the Ultimate Power, a Dark Lord and his wretched army are ravaging a...
Another Castle
Created by David Byers
Help support Another Castle on Kickstarter!

Oh Noes! Your girlfriend / fire sword / ham and cheese sandwich is in Another Castle!

Another Castle combines classic platforming gam...
Reobirth: Magic's Awakening
Created by devboydibs
(Note: More information and a downloadable battle minigame demo can be found on the Reobirth Kickstarter page)

Reobirth: Magic's Awakening follows the adventures of civilization during the discovery of Magic. When the supreme magical force of Reo is bor...
Rex Rocket
Created by counterStrike12355
Demo and pre-orders now available!
We are excited to announce that our official site for Rex Rocket is now live at as well as a demo and pre-order! There you can view a trailer and screens...
Created by Monty Melby
”Mobiloid plays like the best parts of Metroid and Q.U.B.E. blended to perfection”
- John Bardinelli,

Build your own fully functional robotic vehicles from parts you find along the way in a large platform puzzle world.

Collect compone...
The Desolate Hope
Created by Scott
On a distant edge of an unknown planet, an abandoned structure sits in silence. Constructed by an unmanned research vessel sent from Earth, the Lun Infinus station was designed to run simulations for a five year period, exploring possibilities of human col...
Helena The 3rd
Created by Onionman
Pilot a jumping tank through a maze of underground caverns and dungeons in search of new abilities you'll need to progress deeper into the levels. Each upgrade is hidden out of reach of your tank, and can only be obtained after exploring on foot. (This gam...
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Created by WayForward
Metacritic’s highest rated handheld game of 2010, and winner of IGN's Nintendo DS Game of the Year 2010!

...and with your help, Shantae:Risky's Revenge is coming to Steam!

Check out the images and videos above from the already released iOS and DSiwar...
Soulbinder is a Turn Based Platformer RPG with the combat inspired in the Final Fantasy series and the exploration in the well-known ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’ game.

You will control Damodar, a tribal warrior who was born c...
Created by realaxis
Enter the world of Stained. The castle you will explore is mysterious, dangerous and full of thousands of sharp pieces of broken glass. You are a mysterious, stranger wielding a rather sharp instrument yourself, capable of breaking them into smaller pieces...
Created by James
Easy to learn and fun to master.

"Right. Well look, people said your game shouldnt have a naked lady. You asked for some feedback- there it is. Other than that...
Mort The Intern
Created by mitDebo
A demo is now available. Please check the link below.

Remember your first job?
Afterlife Ferries, LLC, is the premier company for handling all of your afterlife destination needs. Their newest inter...
Dreaming Sarah
Created by Yin
Store link:

Inspired by the surreal horror RPG Yume Nikki and side scrolling adventure games such as Flashback, Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements, an engaging environment...
Created by Gurvy
Exodus has been greenlighted !
It was a long road since we've put the game on Steam Greenlight.

We want to thank all the people having supported us so far !

We'll release the game soon with a totally new price, stay tuned !

Main Features...
Out There Somewhere
Created by Santo
(9/10) Christian Donlan, Eurogamer
"This is challenging stuff, but it's wonderfully creative with it, and I'm not sure I can recommend it enough."

(5/5) Kevin Alexander, Gamezebo
"Out There Somewhere might just be the best puzzle platformer you'll
Created by Ehnenu
STATUS - Temporarily Suspended

A strange spherical object grows in our solar system with incredible speed. Robert Widmark was the commander of a space shuttle crew that was sent to examine this extraordinary phenomenon. Unfortunat...
Trash TV
Created by Lawrie
"In Trash TV, the lead character quite literally is a television. That is the first bit I liked. It’s a sentient telly trapped in a nightmarish recycling centre, fighting its way out through puzzle strewn 2D levels, doing battle with vending machines an...
Aaru's Awakening
Created by Lumenox Games
Download the Playable Demo:

Feel free to make a Lets Play video of the game and monetise, just make sure you have a link in description for this Greenlight page.

Lumenox Li...
Super Panda Adventures
Created by Blue
In Super Panda Adventures, you play as the brave panda-knight Fu, who is about to finish his training to become the new guardian of the Princess. At the same day of the big celebration party, some uninvited Robots show up to conquer the planet and take the...
Paradise Lost: First Contact
Created by Asthree Works
In a remote desert, an unidentified object falls from the skies. A research organization known as G.E.R. has tracked and found the mysterious meteor: a capsule of organic material that brings an unknown life-form to our planet from the depths of space. Her...
Asteria is a fast paced indie platformer, wrapped up in a sandbox sci-fi world where everything is destructible, mineable, collectable, craftable and creatable. You play Ryker: the only surviving human colonist after your people were w...
Created by MagneticRealms
The debut game from one-man independent developer Magnetic Realms, "Inescapable" is a Sci-Fi action adventure in which players unravel the mystery uncovered by a remote interplanetary mining operation. What did they find? What threat does it pose? And u...
Created by The Working Parts

Residue is an intelligent, story-driven 2D platform adventure in which you control three different characters, exploring an abandoned excavation site in the remains of the Aral Sea in p...
Endica VII The Dream King
Created by Rock
Endica VII The Dream King is a Brand New 4-Player Metroidvania style game! The Dream King is heavily inspired by nostalgic 16-bit classics from the early 90's, and it will be made available for multiple platforms in 2015, including PC, Mac, Linux, and more...
Castle In The Darkness
Created by ivs_matt

Another Princess Needs Saving!

The kingdom of Alexandria had slept peacfully for many years, free of wars and menace. But on the third full moon, fifty years after the king's victor...
Mark of the Old Ones
Created by carnator
Enjoined by an unfathomable deity, rediscover a derelict eldritch civilization, teeming with ghastly horrors and wondrous beauty.

'Mark of the Old Ones' (MotOO) is a 2.5D Metroidvania physics platformer. Inspired by some of our favorite games such as M...
Frogatto & Friends
Created by marcavis
GREENLIT! Frogatto & Friends is a classic-style 2d adventure game, starring a certain quixotic frog. Frogatto is a side-on "platformer" or "jump and run" game, where you lead the titular character on a humdrum errand that turns into a daring adventure. ...
Tower of the Gorillion
Created by RUBBA
Play the demo online here!

Update as of Oct 05/12
In short, Tower of the Gorillion will now be finished with a Game Boy Colour palette. I've added 5 screenshots, and might add a video of it soon. For m...
Blood Alloy
Created by frank.washburn
Blood Alloy is a 2D, sci-fi urban Metroidvania. Play as first Lieutenant Nia Rhys, brought back from the brink of death with an array of cybernetic augmentations. As a hyper-acrobatic, jetpack-propelled cyborg, you'll rain down death and destruction on ...
Darkened Light
Created by Rider Games
Darkened Light is an action platformer with puzzle elements. We have taken this game from being created in a click and play game maker to engineering our own game engine. We are constantly working to make this game better and take any constructive criticis...
Wings of Vi
Created by Solgryn
Wings of Vi is a challenging platform game in which you control the angel Vi. One day Vi and her friend, Rubi go to the ceaseless prison in heaven, where a powerful evil being is held in custody. Their visit leads to the chains being broken and the evil is...
The Fall
Created by Hypnoslave
Think - Super Metroid meets Monkey Island - The Fall is a unique blend of action platforming and traditional adventure gaming, with a strong story, and an emphasis on exploration, and mystery.

The Fall is:

A unique story
The Fall is a cinematic p...
Midnight Mansion HD
Created by bleah
As Jack Malone, fearless adventurer, you will explore eleven huge mansions, each filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets, as you search for legendary treasure. Ride on conveyor belts, avoid zapper beams, and dodge monsters as you collect keys that give you...
Marvin's Mittens
Created by JasonN

Marvin's Mittens is a 2D platformer with a focus on exploration and collection. With gorgeous, hand drawn art, Marvin presents a soothing world to explore, free from enemies and danger. Collect magic snowflakes to increase your jump heigh...
Hubert's Island Adventure: Mouse o' War
Created by Dark_Oppressor
Zip and zap your way to victory!

Hubert's Island Adventure: Mouse o' War is a 2D sidescrolling-platformer-action-adventure game set on a tropical island. You will control Hubert, or one of his friends, in a quest to rescue the kidnapped Sally and save t...
99 Levels To Hell
Created by Blond666

99 Levels to Hell is a platform shooter with lots of guns, upgrades, magic, traps and monsters to kill.

99 Levels to Hell is a rogue-like, which means surviving is key and every...
Zombie Mode
Created by DTownTony
A non-stop action-platformer, with a Metroidvania flare, a hint of dungeon exploration, some zombies, and a wearable, reanimated, shark head.

Waking up with your face being eaten by the undead sucks. Your character, NoFace, wakes up in a large, what app...
Catacomb Kids
Created by FourbitFriday
Descending Into The Catacombs...
Catacomb Kids is a procedurally generated platformer with an equal emphasis on quick reactions, tactical engagement, and strategic character growth. Wield swords, spears, axes, and daggers -- unleash powerf...
Planet Apolion
Created by Paloma Costa
Planet Apolion
Planet Apolion is a game which combines classic shoot 'em up mechanics with elements of adventure, exploration and RPG. You must explore the vast world by choosing different routes within an open world map you can explore freely...
Andromeda: There is no god up here
Created by Sapriste
ANDROMEDA: There is no god up here

Like it? Hate it? We want to know your opinion! The community is a very important element for us and we want to hear you out! Leave a comment with yo...
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KeySam Mar 2, 2017 @ 5:15am 
If you have some time I would be happy if you would take a look at Will Glow the Wisp and add it to your collection, If you enjoyed what you saw. (not sure if my game counts as a metroid vania, you got to decide that )
FoxHoundGabe Sep 5, 2016 @ 9:20am 
Hello! Check out our project, a fast-paced, beautiful retro platformer, Super Conquerors!
Sapriste Jun 10, 2016 @ 10:42am 
Plase, Add our game :D Inspired by Metroid.
UFO Crash Games Dec 11, 2015 @ 3:51pm 
Hello, our game FullBlast is on Greenlight, you can see it here please consider to add it to your collection if you like it.

Thanks for your time!
ZigZag Games Nov 20, 2015 @ 7:24am 
Play our new game: Abrix the robot:
And if you like it - vote and help this game to get on Steam.
Kalandras 75 Mar 26, 2015 @ 4:43am 
I want to introduce you our project "AWE".
It's a god game, in which you have solve a puzzle of colors and musical notes to create your own planet and system:

Currently we are in greenlight and we need a little help from your side.
If you like it, please, add to your collection.

We really appreciate your help and support.
ooktar  [author] Feb 12, 2015 @ 2:58pm 
No problem, I'm always happy to help.
Paloma Costa Feb 12, 2015 @ 2:53pm 
Thank you very much ooktar !! Thanks for your time, it means a lot to me :)
ooktar  [author] Feb 12, 2015 @ 2:49pm 
I'll take a look and add it to the list and I wish you the best of luck but I gotta be honest, I really don't pay much attention to this list anymore or Greenlight in general anymore. I have some rather strong opinions about Greenlight now so I update the list pretty rarely.