What are the best metroidvania PC games?

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    #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.

    Windows, Xbox One


    Roy Murray
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "I was searching for a new Metroidvania game on my PC, and I found this cool new game called Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition. I just love the graphics and game play, making it one of the best ever."
  2. 58

    #2Toki 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.


    Windows, Mac


    Howard Bennett
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "A unique take on the Metroidvania formula: progress by exploring, observing and experimenting Meet strange critters, study their behaviour and manipulate them with your whistle and stomp moves "
  3. 58

    #3The 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.


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


    Marilyn Rivera
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Holy smokes are the graphics on this game gorgeous. I got lost playing this in the world of The Swapper. The game is VERY puzzling and great for people who like to gey very in depth."
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    #4Hollow 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.

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch


    Aaron Bishop
    Written on June 28, 2017
    "I love the visual aesthetics of this game: the landscape is dark and moody, though the characters are pretty cute. Like the best metroidvania games there are tons of environments to explore, and seemingly no end to the variations you can discover. I'm a big fan of this PC game, supported for both Mac and Windows, and see myself playing it for months to come. "
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    #5Out 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.


    Windows, Mac


    Crystal Bradley
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "For game nerds like myself, the indie game Out There Somewhere (for Windows and MAC) is every space fan gamer dream. From the story line, to the fights, it proves to be entertaining and leave the gamer wanting more and you can't beat the price of paying only 1.99.."
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    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.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Christopher Young
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Sundered is a great game if you don't mind a bit of a challenge. There's some necessarily grinding here and there, as some of the enemies can get quite difficult. You'll die often, so if that isn't your cup of tea, I would recommend a different metriodvania game. The graphics are incredibly beautiful, I often found myself admiring the environment, even when fighting for my life. There's some problems, like the loading screens times, which you'll have to suffer through. It's definitely worth playing though, especially if you like metroid games. "
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    #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.

    Windows, Mac, iOS


    Patrick Alvarado
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "The first thing I noticed when I started up the game was how it looks. The journey starts in a magical glade, then took me through dimly lit ice caverns, long-dead forests, and snowy mountain ranges. Each pops to life with a hand painted beauty that struck me as unique. Whether on the ground or in the air, you gain a series of attacks, projectiles, and magic spells that make for a good time when fighting all the different enemies you meet on your adventure."
  5. 45

    #8Dead 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.

    Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch


    Lisa Russell
    Written on August 10, 2017
    "This game appears to be based on the Mario Brothers format, where all the game action is on an horizon. The description calls it "2D". Whatever. There is a lot more art to this game than Mario Brothers, which makes it more interesting."
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    #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.


    Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One


    Amber Rose
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "Momodora was a good fix for an "Igavania" style game craving I was having. Definitely not going to be game of the year but a solid value for what you get out of it."
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    #10Salt 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.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Linux


    Ralph Nichols
    Written on July 15, 2017
    "Some of my favourite video games when I was younger were Metroid and Castlevania. So I was interested in finding a similar style game to play in my downtime at work. Salt and Sanctuary would be the perfect game however it's a game on PSN and not PC. Even though game looks like it would be awesome to play I don't think my supervisor would be very happy if I had a Playstation at my cubicle."
  8. 41

    #11Cave 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. 

    Windows, Nintendo Switch


    Shirley Lawson
    Written on June 23, 2017
    "If you like the challenge of an old school platform or Metroidvania style game, this one is for you. This will bring back all the feels of playing on your old NES and SNES system. I love the skill needed to progress through this game and the graphics and music are so enjoyable. I wish I could skip cutscenes, but that's a little complaint for all the massive positives this game boasts."
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    #12Guacamelee! 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.

    Windows, Mac


    Harold Ramos
    Written on July 3, 2017
    "So you're looking for metroidvania PC games I see. Well I know a lot of them. I tend to try to check out a lot of them because I love playing games. Honestly, you should try Guacamelee! Gold Edition. Lots of combat, new dimension switching, and co op same screen multi player. It's really fun. "
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    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.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Charles Estrada
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Unepic is a PC game on Steam with a neat premise: it's an RPG where you play the role of a gamer. The game borrows elements from Castlevania and World of Warcraft, among others. Now it's on you to kill the master of the castle and free those trapped within. I'm not crazy about the 2D graphics here, and there are definitely more exciting games of its kind available. But Unepic is a solid game. "
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    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.


    Windows, Mac


    Frank Holland
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "FEZ is a decent game, but it doesn't work totally well as a solution to problems with finding a "Metroidvania"-style game. The game itself sort of revolves around a gameplay mechanic involving manipulation of 2D and 3D spaces, which is interesting, but not really what one thinks of when considering Metroidvania style games. The levels are just kind of too discrete and lack the overarching themes and interconnectedness I'd associate with that genre."
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    #15Axiom 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.

    Windows, Nintendo Wii U


    Zoe Sheng
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "The graphics will look familiar to anyone who has played classic Metroid on Nintendo, but this game has much more depth than being a simple copy or clone. There's tons to explore, the bosses are satisfying, and the new glitch gameplay adds an interesting element that makes it stand out."
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    #16SteamWorld 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.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita


    Roger Jordan
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "I was wondering if there was any metroid styled mixed with castlevania games for the pc, and I found a gem here. SteamWorld Dig relies on elements from both games, and the result is an awesome game. I seriously can't play it enough, it's so much fun."
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    #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.


    Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4, Wii U


    Willie Barrett
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This is about as descriptive as "the sun is bright". What powers do you have? What type of game is it? Open world? platformer? This makes me curious but also annoyed."
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    #18Castle 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.



    Ryan Coleman
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "Castle In The Darkness is a great 2D game similar to the class Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. In this you must also fight bosses to save the princess. It's a mix of Super Mario with Castlevania style graphics."
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    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.




    Socorro Martínez
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "I didn't find this solution to be great. I think the website is average and does not offer much for me the gamer. It has a link to purchase the game and game trailers, but nothing that gives me any tips or hints for the game."
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    #20Insanely 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.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Nicole Fox
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "This game has some retro looking graphics but is highly kinetic and looks engaging and interesting. The style of the game makes it feel like you are very small and fighting massive, impressive obstacles and monsters."
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    #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.



    Keith Wells
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "A.R.E.S: Extinction Agenda creates the saga of Ares and Tarus, both robots, who work together to save humans from extinction by another, evil, robot named Zytron. I took my metallic heroes into a space station to take down their foe and guaranteed a continued existence for all mankind. I found the mission fairly difficult. Your robots start their respective campaigns without a lot of mobility and firepower, but there is also an unlimited supply of lives, so those occasional moments of trial-and-error game-play are easily incorporated into the overall experience."
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    Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game, where you can fly and discover a brand new world in the sky. Bring your friends with you as you explore what's hidden in the clouds, overcoming obstacles and vanquishing enemies.

    Windows, Mac


    Peter Schultz
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "Im not a huge fan of this game, I didnt have very much fun playing it but if you like the platformer style you might give this a try. its ok nothing great."
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    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.


    Windows, Android, iOS, Android


    Nancy Thomas
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "This game has been described as being 2D, when it actually looks more like 8-bit. I cannot understand why the character is moving upside down. This game does not look interesting at all, and is probably frustrating enough to just click away from it with a wide-eyed shake of your head."
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    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.




    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "If you love anime then you will love this. It's a great time filler!"
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    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.

    Windows, Mac


    Austin Ward
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "The premise of boxlife is super simple: move around a space, acquire abilities and reveal secrets of the environment, and gain escape from the box. You wouldn't think that escaping from a box is an especially enriching process, but this deceptively simple game is also pretty awesome to play. It's available on Steam for both Windows and Mac OS. "
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    #26Pharaoh 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. 



    Marcos González
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "I believe your system is broken because you just gave me the same problem twice. Either way I really enjoy this game and it continues to solve my problems in life."
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    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.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Helen Delgado
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "I love this old school style of game. Vagante is fun, simple and challenging all at the same time. I like all the levels and how they stick to the game style. "
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    #28Elliot 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.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Wii U


    María de Lourdes Vásquez
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "One of the funnest platform/RPG games I've played in a while. It feels a bit like Super Mario Bros, a little like Minecraft, with a dash of old-school Zelda thrown in for good measure, and yet it's entirely fresh and original."
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    #29Mark of the Old Ones

    Mark of the Old Ones
    Mark of the Old Ones is a Kickstarter-funded metroidvania style platformer action adventure game set in a world commanded by an incomprehensible deity. You'll discover an abandoned civilization, teeming with ghastly horrors and wondrous beauty.

    Windows, Mac


    Karen Riley
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "The game play is certainly engaging on Mark of the Old Ones. Although the game isn't complete, updates are consistently coming out to help progress through the levels."


Best What are the best metroidvania PC games
1Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive EditionGames 64 Paid
2Toki Tori 2+Games 58 Paid
3The SwapperGames 58 Paid
4Hollow KnightGames 57 Paid
5Out There SomewhereGames 55 Paid
6SunderedGames 53 Paid
7Dust: An Elysian TailGames 51 Paid
8Dead CellsGames 45 Paid
9Momodora: Reverie Under The MoonlightGames 44 Paid
10Salt and SanctuaryGames 41 Paid

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