Metroidvanias typically have large, sprawling, interconnected maps. This is a map of one area in the game Guacamelee!
(named for the games "Metroid" and "Castlevania: Symphonia of the Night", which introduced and popularized the genre) is a game featuring a large interconnected world, though access to parts of the world is often limited by doors or other obstacles that can only be passed once the player has acquired special items, tools, weapons or abilities within the game. Acquiring such improvements can also aid the player in defeating more difficult enemies and locating shortcuts and secret areas, and often includes retracing one's steps across the map. Through this, Metroidvania games include tighter integration of story and level design, careful design of levels and character controls to encourage exploration and experimentation, and a means for the player to become more invested in their player character. Metroidvania games typically are sidescrolling platformers
, but can also include other genre types.
Metroidvanias often feature many collectibles hidden throughout the game world (and associated trophies for finding them all), and they also have speed run trophies somewhat more frequently than other types of games. Overall, their trophy lists tend to be somewhat easier than most other games.
List of MetroidvaniasEdit
Here is a complete list of all Metroidvanias with trophy support, sorted according to their platform (PS3, PS4, or Vita).