metroidvania

After Months of Rumors, Ori and the Blind Forest is Finally Coming to the Switch This September

It's another step in Microsoft and Nintendo's partnership.

Team17's New Project is a Gruesome Action Game Called Blasphemous

This 'Vania-style game seems extra grim.

Starting Screen | Metroidvanias Are Having a Moment

STARTING SCREEN | Hollow Knight leads a fantastically strong crop of recent metroidvanias.

Iconoclasts' Intricacies are What Makes it Stand Above its Flaws

It plays great on Switch too.

Amidst a Bleak Year, Yoku's Island Express Rolled its Way Into My Heart

Sometimes, you don't need a harsh difficulty and dark vibe to make a great metroidvania game.

Metroid: Samus Returns Review: A Near Perfect Remake of an Underappreciated Gem

At long last, Samus is truly back.

Cave Story+ Feels Right At Home On The Switch

Though, it's no definitive version.

Design in Action | Building a Masterpiece, One Detail at A Time

We close out our in-depth look at Castlevania classic Symphony of the Night by exploring the cumulative power of its brilliant little details.

Song of the Deep PS4 Review: Sub-Aquatic Metroidvania

The first release from GameStop's new GameTrust label is a gorgeous undersea exploration game.

Odallus: The Dark Call Strives for Authenticity with its Mix of Wonder Boy and Castlevania

JoyMasher's gothic tribute to 8-bit action is faithful on all fronts... Including difficulty.

Interview: Castlevania's Former Keeper Returns with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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.

Ori and the Blind Forest Review: Beauty is Cruelty

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.

Weekend Gamer: Castle in the Darkness is More Than Just Another Throwback Indie Platformer

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.

Axiom Verge is Unabashedly Metroid, but that's Okay

Like Shovel Knight before it, this tribute to 8-bit action doesn't fuss with its time-tested formula.

Xeodrifter, a Charming But Incomplete Sketch of a Game

Renegade Kid's bite-sized metroidvania has promise, but its quick-and-dirty nature means it doesn't quite deliver.

Turtlevania: On the Non-Linear Design of TMNT: Danger of the Ooze

A chat with the director of WayForward's upcoming Ninja Turtle platformer regarding the dark science of capturing metroidvania magic.

Game Dev Recipes: Axiom Verge

Metroid and Contra are obvious influences, but what else inspired the design of Axiom Verge? We asked its creator.

Rogue Legacy PlayStation Vita Review: Rogue Rage

The popular metroguevania hack-em-up looks great on Vita, but its underlying flaws still peek through.

Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition PS4 Review: Metroid con Puñetazos

This slightly tweaked version of last year's slick metroidvania brawler remains a good, albeit frequently challenging, time.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Putting 2D Games Back at the Cutting Edge

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.

Reinventing Genres, Not Just Pilfering Them

Indie games tend to gravitate toward similar play styles, but within that collective approach you'll find plenty of variety.

The 10 Greatest Metroidvania Games

Everyone's talking about "metroidvania" games these days, but which ones are best? We make our picks. How do your favorites stack up?

Why We Still Love Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

A love for fun and detail help make Castlevania's PlayStation entry a timeless action game.