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Hollow Knight (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Forge your own path in Hollow Knight! An epic action adventure through a vast ruined kingdom of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs, all in a classic, hand-drawn 2D style.


  • metroidvania
  • boss
  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • souls
  • hand-drawn
  • 2d
  • side-scrolling
  • story
  • cute
  • difficult
  • bug
  • atmospheric

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Infernax (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Infernax is the adventures of a great knight who returns to his homeland only to find it plagued with unholy magic. Uncover the mysteries of the curse and face the consequences of your actions.


  • dark
  • metroidvania
  • gore
  • fantasy
  • scroller
  • violent
  • pixel
  • retro
  • 2d
  • supernatural
  • rpg
  • adventure

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F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is a Metroidvania action game featuring exploration, intense combat and challenging platforming.

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  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • exploration
  • combo
  • boss
  • combat
  • mech
  • robots
  • fight
  • boss-fight
  • war
  • narrative
  • challenging
  • side-scrolling
  • steampunk

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Monster Sanctuary (2020)

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Mac OS Linux PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5

The story follows Lily, the last surviving priestess in a land devastated by an endless and oppressive rain that drives living things demented and transforms them into undead while granting immortality. Awakening in a church with no recollection of recent events, Lily turns to exploring beyond the safety of the sanctuary to find the source of the rain. Along the way, Lily can summon the spirits of purified undead to protect her.


  • metroidvania
  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • battle
  • japanese
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • collector
  • creature
  • platform
  • combat
  • 2d
  • jrpg
  • fight
  • platform-adventure

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Gato Roboto (2019)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Mac OS Linux

Gato Roboto is a 2D Metroidvania video game developed by American[1] studio doinksoft and published by Devolver Digital on May 30, 2019. The game follows a cat named Kiki attempting to save her owner after they crash land on an alien planet, forcing Kiki to don a mech suit and explore the planet's depths.


  • mech
  • metroidvania
  • retro
  • submarine
  • pixel
  • old-school
  • cats
  • underwater
  • 2d
  • platform

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Souldiers (2022)

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Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows

While out fighting for the glory of their kingdom, you and your fellow soldiers are whisked away to Terragaya, a mystical land on the fringes of the afterlife. Battle your way to the heart of the mystery: Outwit cunning enemies, solve nefarious puzzles, upgrade your character, and explore every corner of a dazzling, intricate 16-bit world. Featuring: - Choose your class: Unleash the fury of your sword with the Scout, summon the wrath of elements with the Caster, or rain down arrows on your foes with the Archer.


  • metroidvania
  • pixel
  • action-adventure
  • dungeon
  • platform
  • retro
  • boss
  • combat
  • exploration
  • fight
  • war
  • skill
  • 2d
  • side-scrolling

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ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights (2021)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

ENDER LILIES is a dark fantasy 2D action RPG about unraveling the mysteries of a destroyed kingdom. On this sorrowful journey, encounter horrific enemies against whom a moment of inattention could be fatal. Overcome these hardships and seek the truth with the help of fallen knights.


  • souls
  • metroidvania
  • boss
  • fantasy
  • dark
  • platform-adventure
  • boss-fight

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Islets (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Take to the sky and reunite a fragmented world in this surprisingly wholesome metroidvania! Help Iko adventure across beautiful hand-painted islands, receive letters from a quirky cast of characters, and face powerful monstrous adversaries.


  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • cute
  • exploration
  • colourful
  • pirates
  • atmospheric
  • combat
  • fight
  • story
  • bullet-hell
  • inventive
  • 2d

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Alwa's Legacy (2020)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Linux

Alwa’s Legacy is a modern retro game full of dangerous dungeons, magical items and ancient secrets. By upgrading your magic, any way forward is right in this non-linear adventure game full of exploration.


  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • non-linear
  • retro
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • 2d
  • dungeon
  • puzzle
  • magic
  • action-adventure
  • adventure
  • demons
  • cute
  • old-school

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Aeterna Noctis (2021)

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Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch

Aeterna Noctis is a challenging 2D hand-drawn action platformer, a Metroidvania with thrilling combat that will keep you on the edge of your seat and heart-stopping platform sections that will put your skills to the test. Become the King of Darkness in an epic journey through 16 connected areas.

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  • metroidvania
  • platform
  • souls
  • non-linear
  • hand-drawn
  • exploration
  • scroller
  • action-adventure
  • difficult
  • boss-fight
  • 2d
  • anime
  • magic
  • atmospheric
  • adventure

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