About the Metroidvania category

Metroidvania

Metroidvania games are a subgenre of Platformer (named after its two first well-known franchises, Metroid and Castlevania) that feature large interconnected world maps the player can explore, but access to parts of the world is limited by doors or other obstacles that can only be opened after the player has acquired special tools, weapons or abilities within the game.

Acquiring such improvements also aids the player in defeating more difficult enemies and locating shortcuts and secret areas, and often includes retracing one’s steps across the map. Metroidvanias usually do not consist of any linear gameplay and often involve lots of backtracking - especially after new powerups or tools have been obtained. Boss fights are also a staple of Metroidvania, without which they would be considered puzzle or adventure games.