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

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Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

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

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

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Hollow Knight (2017)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Nintendo Switch Mac OS

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

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Gato Roboto (2019)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

Pounce inside of your cozy armored mech and set off on a dangerous trek through an alien underworld full of irritable creatures and treacherous obstacles in a valiant effort to save your stranded captain and his crashed spaceship.


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

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Unsighted (2021)

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PC Windows Android Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch

EXPLORE YOUR WAY. Awoken to a world ruined by war, Alma must traverse the vast city of Arcadia before the life force of her friends and herself withers away. Time is ticking, and every moment matters. Who will you save, and who will you leave to turn UNSIGHTED?


  • metroidvania
  • exploration
  • pixel
  • souls
  • combat
  • full-featured
  • boss
  • top-down
  • war
  • dungeon
  • puzzle
  • post-apocalyptic
  • resource
  • rpg
  • fairy

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Monster Sanctuary (2020)

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PC Windows Linux Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Monster taming meets metroidvania. Collect, train and battle monsters in a lovely side-scroller pixel world.


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

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Ghost Song (2022)

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

On the desolate moon of Lorian, a long-dormant Deadsuit awakens from slumber. Journey beneath the surface on an atmospheric 2D adventure of self-discovery, ancient mysteries, and cosmic terror. Explore winding caverns and acquire new abilities to unearth this alien world’s long-buried secrets.


  • metroidvania
  • 2d
  • platform
  • boss
  • hand-drawn
  • sci-fi
  • atmospheric
  • scroller
  • exploration
  • boss-fight
  • metroid
  • horror
  • dark
  • robots
  • controller-support

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Alwa's Legacy (2020)

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Linux Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

Alwa’s Legacy is a modern retro game full of dangerous dungeons, mystic items and ancient secrets. Upgrade your magic and choose your own path in this non-linear adventure game brimming with exploration.


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

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Souldiers (2022)

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

Fight for your freedom in a sprawling fantasy world caught between the living and the fallen. Hone your skills in a retro epic featuring puzzle platforming, metroidvania exploration and crunchy soulslike combat.


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

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Astalon: Tears Of The Earth (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows

Uphold your pact with the Titan of Death, Epimetheus! Fight, climb and solve your way through a twisted tower as three unique adventurers, on a mission to save their village from impending doom!


  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • retro
  • fantasy
  • 2d
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • post-apocalyptic
  • action-adventure
  • chiptune
  • boss
  • magic
  • anime
  • dark
  • old-school

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ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights (2021)

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

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
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • boss-fight
  • fantasy
  • challenging
  • battle
  • combat
  • platform-adventure
  • fight

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