Sometimes, you don't need a harsh difficulty and dark vibe to make a great metroidvania game.
At long last, Samus is truly back.
We close out our in-depth look at Castlevania classic Symphony of the Night by exploring the cumulative power of its brilliant little details.
The first release from GameStop's new GameTrust label is a gorgeous undersea exploration game.
JoyMasher's gothic tribute to 8-bit action is faithful on all fronts... Including difficulty.
Former Konami producer Koji Igarashi turns to Kickstarter for the project we've all been waiting for: A spiritual successor to the vampire-slaying series he made his own.
A feast for the eyes, a torture chamber for the soul. Microsoft's new metroidvania pulls no punches, but its fluid action and visuals make for the best anesthetic.
Looking for something to play after Friday comes to a close? Nicalis' latest release acts as a greatest hits compilation of 8-bit action/adventure.
Like Shovel Knight before it, this tribute to 8-bit action doesn't fuss with its time-tested formula.
Renegade Kid's bite-sized metroidvania has promise, but its quick-and-dirty nature means it doesn't quite deliver.
A chat with the director of WayForward's upcoming Ninja Turtle platformer regarding the dark science of capturing metroidvania magic.
Metroid and Contra are obvious influences, but what else inspired the design of Axiom Verge? We asked its creator.
The popular metroguevania hack-em-up looks great on Vita, but its underlying flaws still peek through.
This slightly tweaked version of last year's slick metroidvania brawler remains a good, albeit frequently challenging, time.
It may be an indie Metroidvania at heart, but there's nothing retro about this Xbox One exclusive — save, perhaps, the conviction that 2D games deserve to be given the full treatment, too.
Indie games tend to gravitate toward similar play styles, but within that collective approach you'll find plenty of variety.
Everyone's talking about "metroidvania" games these days, but which ones are best? We make our picks. How do your favorites stack up?
A love for fun and detail help make Castlevania's PlayStation entry a timeless action game.