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Dead Cells
Dead Cells

Action 07 August 2018

An action game with roguelike and metroidvania elements by indie French studio Motion Twin. During the game, you explore a grim castle, whose elements (such as chambers, cloisters, and sewers) are procedurally generated. Given the permadeath system, it means that each new gameplay is a fresh experience, during which you can discover new parts of the fortress. An important aspect of Dead Cells is combat, which is very difficult. To succeed you have to work out the patterns of the enemies' attacks and to get the protagonist to a high enough level. In combat you use melee and ranged weapons, as well as offensive and defensive magic. The game features pleasant 2D pixel-art visuals.

Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight

Arcade 24 February 2017

Hollow Knight is a 2D metroidvania game developed by the indie studio Team Cherry. The game takes us to a fantasy underground world located bellow the city of Dirtmouth. The place attracts numerous adventurers, who disappear without a trace when they enter it. We play as an adventurer who decides to face the challenge and find riches, fame, and the answers he is looking for in that underground world. The game is presented from a side-scrolling perspective. Gameplay focuses on the exploration of vast locations, leveling and progressing our character, finding more and more powerful equipment, and fighting with the encountered enemies. During our exploration of the underworld, we will find not only many traps and dangers awaiting us, but also some friendly NPCs that will aid us with their knowledge or useful items.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Action 18 June 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an action-adventure platform game set in a gothic horror setting. The game is a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series. The person in charge of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was Koji Igarashi, who previously worked on the Castlevania series over the course of many years. The game revolves around exploring a large castle, which is crawling with demons the players need to fight against, you also develop your character and gather items. The game features a local co-op mode.

Terraria
Terraria

Arcade 16 May 2011

A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Arcade February 2020

The second part of the metroidvania series, in which the players play the title ghost. In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the protagonist leaves Nibel forest to discover his true destiny as he travels through an exotic world.

AeternoBlade II
AeternoBlade II

Action 11 October 2019

Platform action game with elements of RPG and metroidvania genre. The production continues the plot started in the first part of the cycle - this time during the game we take control not only over Freya, but also over two new protagonists, which are Bernard and Felix. Heroes are once again given the opportunity to manipulate time, which they use to explore vast levels and solve puzzles, as well as to fight enemies they encounter.

Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest

Action 11 March 2015

A two-dimensional platformer with RPG elements, produced by Moon Studios, an independent developer. It belongs to a subgenre called metroidvania. We assume the role of a young and inexperienced forest spirit who will try to learn more about himself and the world around him during his long journey. In the game we explore vast areas full of hidden passages and shortcuts while solving puzzles and facing challenges testing our agility. In order to gain access to some parts of the map we have to unlock special abilities first. The developers have decided not to use any dialogue; the plot is presented only through silent cut-scenes. The unique atmosphere of the game is enhanced by beautiful, hand-drawn backgrounds.

SteamWorld Dig 2
SteamWorld Dig 2

Arcade 21 September 2017

A sequel to the 2013 metroidvania title, developed by Image & Form. Once again, the players are taken to a unique world that combines steampunk with western setting, this time as a female robot looking for her missing friend. The gameplay of SteamWorld Dig 2 doesn’t depart from the groundwork of its predecessor, focusing on digging underground tunnels to reach places of interest and find treasures we can spend to upgrade our equipment. There are also various enemies to defeat with our more or less fancy weapons. Like the previous works of Image & Form, the game features good-looking cartoonish visuals.

Starbound
Starbound

Action 22 July 2016

An exploration game that eludes standard genre classification, developed by independent studio Chucklefish. Starbound combines elements of a 2D sandbox platformer and a strategy game. As you play, you explore and colonize other planets, provide for their inhabitants, construct useful items and vehicles, as well as fight hostile aliens. The game is set in a procedurally generated world,providing a great amount of freedom to the players. In addition to the single player mode, Starbound offers the ability to play with other people (via Intertnet) in competitive or cooperative modes. The game's retro graphics is characterized by a limited color palette and pixel-art stylistics.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - The Deluxe Edition
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - The Deluxe Edition

Action 25 October 2013

A spin-off installment to the Warner Bros.’ Batman: Arkham series, initially developed for handheld consoles. The story follows the plot of Batman: Arkham Origins, giving us the opportunity to experience more of Batman’s adventures from before when he became the Dark Knight. The action is set in the eponymous Blackgate prison, where Batman has to quell an inmate riot. Arkham Origins Blackgate is a classical beat ‘em up fighting game. We observe the events from a side view and have a limited ability to move in third dimension. The gameplay focuses on exploration, fighting regular opponents and bosses, as well as interactions with characters and environment. As usual, Batman has a wide variety of characteristic gadgets at his disposal. The game also offers detective and predator modes, known from the previous installments in the series.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Action 11 March 2016

An expanded edition of the warmly received platform game developed by Moon studio in 2015. The story of Ori and the Blind Forest focuses on the titular spirit of the forest who is trying to learn something about itself and the world that surrounds it. The game lacks any dialogues and the story is told by using the gameplay and mute cutscenes. As for the mechanics, the game belongs to the subgenre called metroidvania. During the game player explores large, two-dimensional locations that contain many hidden passages, shortcuts, secrets, surprises and action challenges. As the game progresses, player unlocks new abilities of the protagonist that allow him to reach previously unavailable places. Definitive Edition offers 4 completely new locations, new abilities, music tracks and various improvements suggested by fans. Among the latter there are additional difficulty levels and a quick travel system.

Death's Gambit
Death's Gambit

RPG 14 August 2018

Death's Gambit is an oldschool 2D action RPG developed by White Rabbit, inspired by the classic games like Castlevania or Shadow of the Colossus and newer productions such as Demons' Souls. We play as the Emissary of Death, and our job is to purge the world from the immortals. The game takes place on a medieval planet, where we will have to face numerous knights, undead, and monsters. From time to time we will also encounter gigantic monsters that will require us to climb onto them and find their weak points in order to defeat them. Gameplay focuses on action, battles, and high difficulty level. The game requires us to plan our actions and think outside the box. Death's Gambit also has some RPG elements, like the character progression system, special abilities, or a wide array of weapons and equipment.

Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong

Arcade 2020

Hollow Knight: Silksong is a 2D platformer from Team Cherry, a continuation of the hit of 2017. The game offers a great world with a partially open structure, a crafting system and an extensive dexterity combat system, based on acrobatic maneuvers.

Guacamelee!
Guacamelee!

Arcade 09 April 2013

A humorous platformer set in Mexican climates. We travel between different dimensions in an effort to save the abducted Daughter El Presidenta from the hands of the Evil Skeleton Charro. Two people playing on a split screen can take part in the game.

Gato Roboto
Gato Roboto

Action 30 May 2019

Production of metroidvania type, in which we play the role of a cat carrying out an important mission on a foreign planet. While crossing vast labyrinth-like levels, we use an armed mecha - thanks to its improvement, we can get to previously blocked places over time.

Unepic
Unepic

Arcade 02 October 2011

Funny platformer with RPG elements. An ordinary boy unwittingly moves from an RPG session straight into a dungeon straight from fantasy games. The hero has to face powerful enemies lurking in the underworld. The production resembles such hits as Castlevania. However, its characteristic feature is a huge portion of good humour. Interestingly, Unepic is available in the Polish language version.

Sundered
Sundered

Action 28 July 2017

A two-dimensional metroidvania action game developed by independent studio Thunder Lotus Games – the producer of the warmly-received Jotun. In Sundered, the player assumes the role of a wanderer who travels through a ruined, post-apocalyptic world. The story of the game is strongly connected to its mechanics, as the price of the progress of the protagonist is paid with his humanity – what powers the player decides to wield, will have impact on the ending of the game. The protagonist is traveling mostly through randomly generated cave complexes and underground tunnels. On his paths he encounters various enemies, including powerful bosses, defeating which requires using thoughtful tactics. As the player progresses through the game, he obtains better equipment and ancient artifacts that enables him to develop abilities. This unlocks access to new locations, even stronger enemies and better items. Sundered has two-dimensional, hand drawn graphics the style of which is similar to games like Jotun and The Banner Saga.

Apotheon
Apotheon

Action 03 February 2015

A 2D platform game with an open world, inspired by Greek mythology. It was developed by an indie Canadian studio Alien Trap, known from, e.g. the well-received platform game Capsized. The game tells the story of Hera, who overthrows her husband, Zeus, and, driven by her dislike towards mortals, decides to obliterate them. You play as a hero, who has to reach the summit of Mount Olympus to save humanity and end the tyranny of the gods. The mechanics are based on such classic productions as Metroid and Castlevania, focusing on the exploration of the open world, and combat, in which you use spears, swords, and shields; the game also features stealth sequences. From time to time, you have to fight a god, and upon defeating them, you gain their powers. The unusual visuals of the game were inspired by ancient ceramic paintings. The production features a single player mode and a tactical multi-player mode.

Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood
Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood

Action 26 October 2018

A set of two classic Castlevania games, including the cult classic Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood. The package includes original versions of both productions, although with a few additional options.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Arcade 19 September 2019

Shantae 5 is a metroidvania type game, inspired by tales from the One Thousand and One Nights. During the game we direct the title heroine, who can transform herself into a variety of beasts with unique special abilities.

Axiom Verge
Axiom Verge

Action 31 March 2015

An indie game by an experienced developer, who has worked on such productions as End of Nations, Tiger Woods, and NFL Street. In Axiom Verge you play as a man called Trace, who dies and is reborn in a fantasy world, where futuristic and archaic technologies blend. Trace quickly asserts that the new environment and the beings inhabiting it are trying to kill him. The protagonist explores locations filled with traps and enemies as he runs, jumps, and shoots with a gun. Apart from regular opponents, sometimes you face boss enemies. You can use over 20 types of weapons, including an electric rifle and a plasma grenade launcher. You can also earn over 60 modifications, which upgrade your fighting skills. The game's mechanics, 2D visuals, and the overall dark style were inspired by classic SNES productions, such as Castlevania.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Action 20 March 1997

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is an extended game from the famous series about vampire hunters. Two-dimensional platformer belongs also to the species of metroidvanii.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Arcade 01 July 2014

A humorous platformer set in Mexican climates. We travel between different dimensions to save the kidnapped daughter El Presidente from the hands of a skeleton named Carlos Calaca. Two people can take part in the game, playing on one screen. The Super Turbo Championship edition has been enriched with new, previously unavailable elements.

Chasm
Chasm

Arcade 31 July 2018

A two-dimensional arcade platformer with RPG features from Discord Games studio. Chasm tells a story of a soldier who returns home after a long war. He arrives in an abandoned mining town and discovers most of its inhabitants have disappeared after entering a mysterious temple, deep down beneath the village. Our hero decides to stop the awakened evil, rescue the town’s inhabitants, and then safely return to his home. The game borrows many features from classics like Metroid or Castlevania, as well as The Legend of Zelda and Diablo series. The game's metroidvania-inspired premise is mixed with RPG mechanics, meaning that the hero can obtain new equipment and develop his skills. As we play, we must avoid traps, solve environmental puzzles and – obviously – fight with generic enemies and powerful bosses.

Timespinner
Timespinner

Action 25 September 2018

A classic, two-dimensional platformer considered a representative of the metroidvania genre, developed by Lunar Ray Games that was founded by a former employee of Microsoft and Bungie Software. The story of Timespinner is set in the fantasy universe of Ernah, created by the developer in the days of his youth. During the game we play the part a young girl named Lunaris, whose village was destroyed by invaders from another planet. Heroine's mother died during the escape, and she was sucked through a broken portal and transported to another world, where in desperation she vowed revenge on the oppressors. In the course of gameplay we explore subsequent locations, solve simple puzzles and fight enemies; and as we progress, we gain new weapons and gradually improve the abilities of the protagonist. A distinctive feature of the game is the power to manipulate time, by which Lunais can move through different eras, avoid enemies and get into seemingly inaccessible places.