There are a lot of different types of Metroidvania games. The best ones make you wonder, jump for joy, and want to throw your control pad out the window in just five minutes. They can be very hard, very fun, and very hard to figure out as you search their multi-platformed landscapes for power-ups and boss fights. You know what to do: explore, find new weapons, fight baddies, learn new skills, and open previously closed areas. Simple and complicated at the same time: It’s all so easy and complicated at the same time. Here are some of the best games that combine Metroid and Castlevania in a way that is fun. Today, there are a lot of great Metroidvania games.
Brazil’s Long Hat House tried something a little different: a Metroidvania in which you teleport rather than jump. Throughout the story, you can learn new skills by defeating enemies and using the salt they drop as money.
It is based on Brazilian mythology and takes place in a beautiful world that moves around the map. This is another interesting concept that can be hard to get used to in real life, though. It’s hard, but it’s also a new way to look at a genre that can feel a little old-fashioned at times, so it’s worth the effort.
Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
Because the Record of Lodoss War games, animes, and light novels aren’t very well-known outside of Japan, this game may not have caught your eye at first glance. There is a new game called Record of Lodoss War that is still in early access. It is going for that old-school Symphony of the Night feel. People who can’t get enough of the classic Metroidvania experience should check this out. The current version is very short and a little slow to respond, but it’s a safe bet for people who can’t get enough.
The Mummy Demastered
The Mummy Demastered is a licenced video game for the new Mummy movie with Tom Cruise in 2017. It’s a game that’s better than the movie it’s based on, though. If you like shooting in Metroidvania games more than fighting with your hands, this is the game for you. It looks as 16-bit as you can get.
If you die, you don’t just respawn somewhere and leave your things behind. Instead, you start over as a new character. With your old self, you have to fight for what you want. This game is a good example of its kind of game. The map could have been a little more detailed, and the game isn’t really about unlocking new skills as much as it is about finding new weapons.
In some ways, Aggelos is more like a light Metroidvania game like Zelda. This is a game that doesn’t confine you too much but still has a lot of secrets to find. If you like your games to be bright and fun, with chubby enemies and Super Mario-like backgrounds, this is the game for you.
However, even though it doesn’t play like the “modern-day marvel” it says it is based on, it’s one of the few Metroidvania games for people who want something that doesn’t have a hardcore base level. Hard mode is still there if things are too easy for you. With a cute soundtrack and a play time of about 10 hours, it’s the perfect Metroidvania snack for a wide range of people.
Alwa’s Awakening is a game about a sorcerer who is trying to save the kingdom of Alwa by giving all the bad guys a good whack and getting the four crystals that used to protect the land. It has 400 rooms that are all connected.
If you don’t care about the story, this isn’t the game for you. It’s one of those games where you don’t have to rely on speed. In the past, you might have played NES-style Metroidvanias that had to make do with fewer frames and liked that. This game will be more appealing to you than a game where frame-by-frame precision is the name of the game, though.
Some games are known for being hard, and some may be overdoing it a little. Both of the La Mulana games are hard, but if you can get through them, they’re lovely homages to Indiana Jones-style treasure hunting, with a feisty hero who cracks a whip.
Here, it’s not just the enemies who are deadly, but also the environment. You’re going into a tomb that has a lot of nasty surprises that you can’t learn how to get around. You have to do things over and over again to learn.
Gato Roboto isn’t just short and sweet. You also play a cat in this game. Were you already sold? You don’t have to fight all the time in this game, but you do have to be a nimble feline. You have to find ways around things rather than brute force your way through them. It’s also very Metroidvania in the way your pelt-clad character moves around in armour and needs to find different weapons to move through a mostly cave-based world.
A game like Blasphemous comes along at the same time as you think Metroidvania games have used all the themes that can be thought of. It adds a Dark Souls-like touch to the Metroidvania genre, with cursed undead, religious icons, and the bonfire mechanic as its main element.
The art direction is great, and the gameplay is solid, but it doesn’t stand out from all the other Metroidvanias out there. This is a big problem for most newer games. If you’re looking for a game where you’ll always see something new in the environment, as well as some great boss design, Blasphemous still has a lot to offer.
So not only is Iconoclasts one of the best PS4 Metroidvania games, but it’s also one of the best games for the PS Vita, as well. To swing across nuts and bolts with your golden wrench is just too much fun, as is making your way through this pretty mechanical world with more than 20 different bosses to fight. Putting this story together means killing all of them in this glitzy 16-bit Metroidvania that is very easy to play.
Shadow Complex Remastered (PS4)
As far as Metroidvanias go, Shadow Complex isn’t the most colourful one. But when it came out in 2009, it almost single-handedly started the genre back up again. Its 2.5D presentation lets it play with depth and design in terms of the map, giving its hero the ability to auto-aim as well as a number of other skills that you can get with XP. Rarely will you find a PS4 Metroidvania with such a strong focus on guns, but Shadow Complex Remastered makes it work well enough for us.