What are the best metroidvania games on Steam?

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  1. 44

    #1Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

    Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
    Ori and the Blind Forest is an adventure Metroidvania video game which won the BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement. Developed by Moon Studios, this game is available to play on Xbox and Windows PC.
    Games

    Windows, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Xu Wang
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "A beautiful and touching journey from start to finish. It is one of the most beautiful platformers that I have ever played with hand-drawn character and level design. The game mechanics are great with a good mixture of challenge and fluidity once you get used to flow and movement of Ori and the game."
  2. 41

    #2The Swapper

    The Swapper

    The Swapper is a puzzle Metroidvania video game developed and published by Facepalm Games. Released in 2013, this game is available to play on PlayStation, Windows PC, Linux, macOS and Wii U.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U

    $14.99

    Rebecca West
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I like the premise of The Swapper, but the game seems to progress at a crawl. A lot of actions seem tedious at best, and I found myself getting fairly bored with the game within a short period of time. The graphics and storyline are cool, but I just didn't have the patience to stick with it. If you've got a lot of feee time, you might be interested. "
  3. 40

    #3Toki Tori 2+

    Toki Tori 2+

    Toki Tori 2 is a puzzle Metroidvania video game developed and published by Two Tribes Publishing B.V. Released in 2013, this game can be played on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Linux, macOS, and Nintendo Switch.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Jorge Luis Aguilar
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "I've played all the major game systems out there, Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii. I heard about Steam several years ago, and been meaning to try it out - but haven't yet. Steam is super affordable (unlike the 3 I just mentioned) and just as fun and great as the others. This game looks like fun, and I would like to play it. Looking at the pricing, I think I would choose the Bundle of all the games for $27.85 - I believe this is the best price. You can get 1 game for $14.99, 2 for $26.88 or 5 games for $17.85!! This is a game system I would like to try out when I am not so busy, and I have heard of the game and know that many people enjoy it, I believe I would also."
  1. 39

    #4Cave Story+

    Cave Story+
    Cave Story a classic indie Metroidvania game where you must run, jump, shoot, fly, and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games. 
    Games

    Windows, Nintendo Switch

    $14.99

    Matthew Boyd
    Written on April 27, 2017
    "The game is super simple when it comes to design of levels and enemies. To some that's really appealing and a sort of throwback to a more simple time. This is a Metroidvania game in and out, though to me it just doesn't hit the mark of a modern one."
  2. 37

    #5VVVVVV

    VVVVVV

    VVVVVV is a 2D puzzle video game developed by Terry Cavanagh, Nicalis, and Simon Roth. Released in 2010, this game can be played on PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Windows PC, macOS, Linux, etc.

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, Android

    $4.99

    Leo Huang
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "Don't let the simplistic graphics and gameplay fool you. This is nothing but an easy game. Easy to pick up but hard to master. This is how I can best describe this game. It was fun to play from start to finish. If you like metroidvania games, you have to try this one out."
  3. 35

    #6Sundered

    Sundered

    Sundered is a terror game developed by the creators of Jotun. Help the wanderer Eshe to run away from caverns and fight against terrifying bosses in a ruined world.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Brandon Wilson
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "I had high expectations for this game since it came from the same studio that developed Jotun. I'm glad to say that it lived up to my expectations and then some. Playing it was like stepping into a world created by H.P. Lovecraft himself."
  4. 33

    #7Dust: An Elysian Tail

    Dust: An Elysian Tail
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is a 2D platformer with a gorgeous hand-painted world. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, you'll embark on a action-packed journey in search for your true identity.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $14.99

    Helen Cui
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This game is simply gorgeous to look at. I spent quite some time just roaming around and enjoying the beautifully hand-painted background design. This also extends to the game's story and gameplay. It is well-written and just a great action RPG overall."
  5. 31

    #8Axiom Verge

    Axiom Verge
    The best Metroid game that is not a Metroid game. Axiom Verge challenges you to survive in a hostile world with plenty of puzzles, bosses and, of course, backtracing.
    Games

    Windows, Nintendo Wii U

    $19.99

    Zheng Hao
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "An ode to the classic metroid and castlevania games of old. This retro side-scrolling game is one of the best metroidvania games out there that tried to remain as faithful to its predecessors as much as possible. "
  6. 30

    #9Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight

    Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight

    Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight is a metroidvania video game developed by Bombservice using the GameMaker: Studio software engine. Released in 2016, this game can be played on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, etc.

    Games

    Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One

    $9.99

    Crystal Richardson
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "I had no knowledge of this game whatsoever but I liked the character designs so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did as this is one of the best games that I have played similar to metroidvania games."
  7. 29

    #10Fez

    Fez

    Fez is an indie puzzle exploration video game developed by Phil Fish, Polytron Corporation, and Blitworks. Released in 2012, this game can be played on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, Windows PC, macOS, and Xbox 360.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Bruce Thomas
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "The multi-screen platform and adventure aspects certainly fit a metroidvania game however the graphics and 3D/2D aspect although novel does not. I could not see much evidence of power-ups or character development beyond the hero getting the 'Fez'. I don't feel this is a good solution."
  8. 28

    #11Salt and Sanctuary

    Salt and Sanctuary
    Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D action role-playing video game for PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It was developed and published by Ska Studios and was released on May 18, 2016.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Linux

    $17.99

    Willie Jacobs
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "Salt and Sanctuary has been around for over a year, and it's gotten tons of great reviews. I wanted the game for PC, however, and it's not available on Steam. S&S is for Playstation 4 only, making this a game for the wishlist, along with a new gaming console. "
  9. 25

    #12Unepic

    Unepic

    Unepic is a role-playing game (RPG) metroidvania developed by @unepic_fran and was released in 30 September 2011. This game can be played on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, Wii U, etc.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $12.99

    Grace Gao
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "Not sure why Unepic is still popular. It is outdated and feels like a poorly executed game when played today. It's one that you can get now and it might entertain you for a hot second, but will tire of quickly."
  10. 23

    #13SteamWorld Dig

    SteamWorld Dig
    SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure where you take the role of a mining steambot as he digs his way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

    $9.99

    Emily Garrett
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "SteamWorld Dig is not a good metroidvania game. I was looking for something fun and complex but instead this game had a simple storyline and it got tiresome very quickly. It is very repetitive and does not last in terms of enjoyment."
  11. 22

    #14Guacamelee! Gold Edition

    Guacamelee! Gold Edition
    Guacamelee! is a metroidvania beat ‘em up platform game developed by DrinkBox Studios. Released in 2013, this game can be played on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, as well as in Xbox One, Windows PC, and macOS.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    Jeffrey Fox
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This is a really nice looking game. It's colorful and quite lively that matches with the vibe of the entire game. The controls are tight and responsive. Couple with the fun gameplay and funny humor, this is one that you have to play to appreciate."
  12. 21

    #15Rabi-Ribi

    Rabi-Ribi

    Rabi-Ribi is an anime-styled bullet hell game developed by CreSpirit GemaYue and published by Sekai Project. Released in 2016, this game can be played on PlayStation 4 and Vita, and Windows PC.

    Games

    Windows

    $17.99

    Philip Walters
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "I loved playing Castlevania and Metroid when I was younger. They were some of my favorite games. Rabi-Ribi is a great "metroidvania" style game and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It brought me back to playing those games when I was younger. It also had some other neat elements that I enjoyed like the anime-style characters."
  13. 18

    #16Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a shooter puzzle video game which won a BAFTA Games Award for Debut Game. Developed by Shadow Planet Productions, this game can be played on Windows PC, Linux, macOS, and Xbox 360.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Betty Holland
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "Who hasn't dreamed about living on an Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet? I know when I grew up and people asked me what I wanted to be, I said, "I don't know, but it will be on an Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet!" My dreams never became a reality, but with the introduction of this game, my life now has virtual meaning."
  14. 17

    #17Shantae: Risky's Revenge

    Shantae: Risky's Revenge

    Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a metroidvania platform game developed by WayForward Technologies. Released in 2010, this game can be played on PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, iOS, and Nintendo DS.

    Games

    Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Wii U

    Free

    Roger Washington
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "This is a fun game that I turn to from time to time to get my side scrolling fix. If you are craving a game that brings you back to the days of Metroid and Castlevania, then this will get you that fix until you get back to your Nintendo."
  15. 15

    #18Out There Somewhere

    Out There Somewhere

    Out There Somewhere is a puzzle video game developed by MiniBoss and published by EQGames. Released in 2012, this singe-player game can be played on Windows PC and macOS.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $0.99

    Vincent Hill
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "This game does look like a good solution. It has the classic feel of both Metroid and Castlevania games. It has large interconnected rooms the here must explore while defeated enemies, locating power-ups and shortcuts. It fits the definition of a metroidvania game very well and is obvious available on steam."
  16. 13

    #19Rogue Legacy

    Rogue Legacy
    Rogue Legacy is a roguelike metroidvania video game developed and published by Cellar Door Games. Released in 2013, this game can be played on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita, Windows PC, macOS, Linux, and Xbox One.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Linux

    $14.99

    Leo Huang
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This game was a complete surprise to me. The sense of continuity and progression is nothing that I have experienced before. This makes for interesting gameplay in which you have very little control over. You just have to do what you can with what you're given. One of the most unique metroidvania games that I have played in recent years."
  17. 11

    #20Castle In The Darkness

    Castle In The Darkness
    Castle In The Darkness is a metroidvania action exploration platformer with RPG elements. It's fast-paced, challenging, and full of secrets that you'll have to unravel to find the princess and restore peace to the kingdom.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Kevin Martinez
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "Well after playing the past four games that you would call metroidvania games I decided to try a new game called Castle In the Darkness. I love the platformer, RPG elements the game comes with. Its a very fast paced challenge and It has solved my current problem. "
  18. 10

    #21A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda

    A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
    In A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda you are the ultimate weapon with the ultimate sidekick. Collect secret items and get power ups to so you can complete your definitive mission: saving humanity.
    Games

    Windows

    $4.99

    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "This is a 2D sidescroller, available on Steam. I don't see anything in the product description describing it as belonging to the metroidvania subgenre, so I'm not sure that it's a good solution to the problem."
  19. 9

    #22Elliot Quest

    Elliot Quest

    Elliot Quest us a metroidvania platform video game developed by Ansimuz Games and published by PlayEveryWare. Released in 2014, this single-player game can be played on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, etc.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Wii U

    $9.99

    Doris Davis
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "This might be a fun game for some people, probably if they were big on Zelda and Mario back when the NES first came out. For today's modern gamer, it's lacking in graphics and engagement. I was bored from the beginning. I can see it only being fun for someone having a nostalgia attack while playing."
  20. 7

    #23STRIDER

    STRIDER

    Strider is an adventure side-scrolling action game that features lightning fast combat in a massively interconnected world. Witness the return of the ultimate ninja: Strider Hiryu.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Roger Morgan
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "Strider is one of the best side-scrolling games I have played to date. The engaging game play and story really pull you in and cause you to become engulfed. It is a very entertaining games that never seems to get old. "
  21. 5

    #24boxlife

    boxlife
    boxlife is a metroidvania first person game developed and published by tequibo. This game revolves around gaining abilities and escaping from the box. Available to play on Windows PC, macOS, and Linux.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $2.99

    Mark Gonzales
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "Boxlife is a unique game providing a metroidvania experience that isn't outdone yet. The game could be descrived as a 2D or 3D and as a platformer or an RPG and both instances would be right."
  22. 3

    #25Pharaoh Rebirth+

    Pharaoh Rebirth+
    Pharaoh Rebirth+ is an Action Adventure Indie Metroidvania game where an ancient evil has cursed Jonathan. He must now collect seven holy Egyptian artifacts to rid himself of the curse of Sehur the first. 
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Nathan Perkins
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "Ever since the NES, I have loved Metroidvania games. I used to spend tons of areas playing Metroid and Castlevania and other games like it. Pharaoh Rebirth is another great game in that style. I really liked the bunny character you control and the graphics of the game. It is a lot of fun."
  23. 0

    #26Dead Cells

    Dead Cells
    Dead Cells is a 2D action adventure game for Windows and Mac. Explore and bring back the memories of an era wherein graphics mattered little. It was developed and published by Motion Twins.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch

    $24.99

    Aaron Kim
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "It takes what's good about the games that came before it such as map exploration, gaining better skills and gear, and challenging platforming with the addition of roguelike elements to create a game that is unique and great by its own merit. Just play it."
  24. 0

    #27Hollow Knight

    Hollow Knight
    Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game, in classic Metroidvania style with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. In this game, players explore the world using a variety of movement and combat techniques.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch

    $14.99

    Li Song
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "One of the best metroidvania games that have come out in recent years. It does not bring anything new to the genre but instead provides an extremely refined and polished gaming experience that any fan will truly enjoy and appreciate."
  25. 0

    #28The Vagrant

    The Vagrant

    Guide Vivian the Vagrant, through vibrant and dynamic landscapes while hacking and slashing a path from a quiet coastal village through mysterious forests, haunted castles, and wrecked battlegrounds. 

    Games

    Windows

    $3.99

    Tammy Simpson
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "A nice game with beautiful graphics and fun gameplay. The game is somewhat short, the story was just okay, and the dialogue could use some tidying up but overall, it is good enough game to play just for fun."
  26. 0

    #29Vagante

    Vagante
    Vagante is a roguelike pixel-graphics game developed and published by Nuke Nine. Released in 2018, this game can be played on Windows PC, macOS, and Linux.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.99

    Roger Butler
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "This game fits the genre very well. Certainly looks like there is lots to explore on numerous screens, a great diversity in enemies and power-ups. It look exactly like a classic platform game and a lot of fun. The ways of developing your characters skills look very varied. This is an excellent solution."

Summary

Best What are the best metroidvania games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive EditionGames 44 Paid
2The SwapperGames 41 Paid
3Toki Tori 2+Games 40 Paid
4Cave Story+Games 39 Paid
5VVVVVVGames 37 Paid
6SunderedGames 35 Paid
7Dust: An Elysian TailGames 33 Paid
8Axiom VergeGames 31 Paid
9Momodora: Reverie Under The MoonlightGames 30 Paid
10FezGames 29 Paid
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