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IGA plays photo
We had no sword or whip
Nearly 25,000 people have backed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night assistant director and subsequent series producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi's Kickstarter project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. This, despite the fact that ... read feature

Axiom Verge photo
Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is relatively the same on PC, with one helpful upgrade


On Steam this week
May 13
Axiom Verge releases tomorrow on Steam. If you've read my review of the game from its earlier PS4 launch, you already know that I think it's a solidly designed exploration-based platform title. I'm happy to report that it's j... read
Bloodstained funded photo
Bloodstained funded

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fully funded in less than four hours


$500,000 and counting
May 11
Full disclosure: I backed this at the $60 tier. I almost went for the $125 tier, but "No," I said to myself. "Let's be reasonable." The Kickstarter campaign for Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has only been ... read
IGA's metroidvania photo
Publishers wouldn't touch it
Last year, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night assistant director and subsequent series producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi left Konami after nearly 25 years with the company. At GDC that year, Igarashi ended his interesting Symphony... read feature

Environmental Station 	 photo
Robots, viruses, and ghosts, oh my!
Metroidvanias are all the rage in the indie scene these days, in part because Nintendo seemingly doesn't want to make a new Metroid game, and Konami turned Castlevania into a God of War clone. Environmental Station Alpha may ... read feature

Axiom Verge photo
Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge explores PC starting May 14


Cross-buy PlayStation Vita release to follow
Apr 22
Following its recent debut on PlayStation 4, Tom Happ's indie Metroidvania Axiom Verge is wandering to Windows PC on May 14, the developer announced today. Destructoid's Conrad Zimmerman was quite fond of the game, despite so... read
Metroidvania photo
Metroidvania

This cute Metroid-like hits all of the right notes for me


Environmental Station Alpha
Apr 21
Here I was ready to call this the cutest little Metroid-like and then Holmes reminded me of the darling Minitroid. That helpful son of a... Actually, the point might stand -- I'm really feeling Environmental Station Alpha. T... read
Ori is doing well photo
Ori is doing well

Good vibes: Ori and the Blind Forest is profitable


Moon Studios is one to watch
Apr 09
Oh thank goodness: Ori and the Blind Forest "was already profitable a week after release," according to Moon Studios' Thomas Mahler, and publisher "Microsoft is super happy." Ori wasn't just a delight, it was also something o... read
Elliot Quest Impressions photo
Elliot Quest Impressions

Elliot Quest's Wii U port is quite buggy


Most bugs are edible, others aren't
Apr 06
Elliot Quest is a retro-inspired Metroidvania title that feels right at home on the Wii U, as it takes a lot of inspiration from such NES classics as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Kid Icarus. I'd even venture to ... read
Monster Tale Ultimate photo
Monster Tale Ultimate

Monster Tale Ultimate coming to 3DS


Juggle monsters to death in stereoscopic 3D
Mar 29
Monster Tale was a great little metroidvania on the original DS. Despite its cartoony look, it featured engaging combat that focused on juggle combos. It felt almost like a 2D version of the Batman: Arkham Asylum combat, wher... read
Amazing Ori art photo
Amazing Ori art

What a wonderful world: Ori and the Blind Forest


Best-looking game of 2015? Quite possibly
Mar 18
After finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, a heartfelt Metroidvania-style adventure for PC and Xbox One, I wondered just how the hell I managed to know so little about it going in. What a thrill. There were moments -- not mere... read
A.N.N.E photo
A.N.N.E

Put your one true love back together in A.N.N.E


Metroidvania and space shooting goodness
Mar 16
As someone who never got into non-linear Castlevania games and had never finished a Metroid, I've recently been really turned on by metroidvania games. Aroused, even. A.N.N.E takes the genre a step further and mixe... read
Castle in the Darkness photo
Castle in the Darkness

Beard View: Castle in the Darkness


'Maybe I'm just good and you're not'
Mar 09
This weekend I was at PAX East and had been busy shooting some videos with our lovely bearded editor-in-chief when this was uploaded, so in case you missed it, check out the latest Beard View in which I show off one of my fa... read
Death's Gambit photo
Death's Gambit

Kill immortals for Death in Death's Gambit


Death is beautiful
Feb 27
Death's Gambit is a beautiful Castlevania-like title just revealed by developer White Rabbit that pits you as Death's agent sent to end the lives of immortals. Clearly a bit of influence from Shadow of the Colossus can ... read
Renegade Kid photo
Renegade Kid

Xeodrifter rockets to PS4, Xbox One, Vita this spring


Poor Wii U
Feb 24
Xeodrifter is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Vita this spring, Renegade Kid announced today. The minimalist "Metroidvania" launched on 3DS and PC late last year, earning high marks from our own Jonathan Holmes, who said it might be the Mutant Mudds developer's "best game yet." The studio also just put out a special edition on Steam, which features a dev diary and soundtrack. Xeodrifter [Steam] read
Axiom Verge photo
Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge debuts on PS4 in late March, other versions to follow


The spirit of Metroid lives on
Feb 23
There are plenty of upcoming Metroid-like games, but there is only one Axiom Verge, and it's almost here at last. Creator Tom Happ shared new details in a blog post today including the PlayStation 4 launch date (March 31, 201... read
Hot Tin Roof review photo
This is no Picasso
I’ve really been delving into the indie scene lately. There’s a huge amount of games coming from smaller development studios, and I’ve found a few that really impressed me. When I heard that a “crime n... read feature

Greedy Guns photo
Greedy Guns

Greedy Guns fires out fast-paced metroidvania action


Rapid-fire pew pew
Feb 18
Independent developers have really been delivering with metroidvanias lately, though with titles like Chasm or Paradise Lost on the horizon, it seems like they lean toward slow, methodical gameplay. Greedy Guns goes in the o... read
Axiom Verge photo
Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge does speedrunning and gifs right


Separate mode for when you gotta go fast
Jan 26
I had Axiom Verge on my mind earlier today when writing about Ghost Song, another promising Metroidvania. This slick gif ensures the game will remain there for the rest of the day. Designer Tom Happ included it in a blog post... read
Ghost Song photo
Ghost Song

Ghost Song is an unsettling Metroid-like adventure


Good year for gaming
Jan 26
Nintendo may not be working on a new 2D Metroid, but we've got creators like Matt White and Tom Happ out there filling that void with Ghost Song and Axiom Verge, respectively. I come away feeling like we're in good hands eve... read
Ori and the Blind Forest photo
Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest jumps out of the woods and onto your screen on March 11


And looks great while doing it
Jan 20
At gamescom this year, I found out that Ori and the Blind Forest isn't just a drop-dead gorgeous game; it's also quite the challenging, tight-controlling platformer. In less than two months, everyone can stop taking my ... read
PS4 trailer photo
PS4 trailer

Not enough gorgeous 2D games? Skytorn coming to PS4


Add it to the pile
Dec 06
Gorgeous, procedurally generated Metroidvania, basically. It's joining an enormous group of games, yet they all seem to have a distinctive enough art style that I get excited for all of them. Though I'd rather play them on Vita than PS4, probably. Oh well. Skytorn looks lovely.  read
Hollow Knight Kickstarter photo
Hollow Knight Kickstarter

Ironically, the Kickstarter for Hollow Knight looks solid


Alternate game title: Just an Empty Suit of Armor I Guess
Nov 26
I have had my eye on Hollow Knight for a few days, but had not yet pulled the trigger on highlighting it. It is a pretty 2D action game (though the color palette is a bit muted for my taste) starring some sort of insect-pers... read
Metroidvania photo
Metroidvania

Marvelous-looking metroidvania Ori and the Blind Forest pushed to 2015


More time for polish
Nov 21
Delays aren't usually all that interesting as a topic of discussion, but in the case of Ori and the Blind Forest, a revised release date is an excuse to further cement its name in your mind. Ori is a tough platform adventure ... read
Snot photo
Snot

This seems like a bad title for a game, but it's Snot


But seriously, don't name games after bodily fluids
Nov 06
I'll admit: I very nearly deleted the email about Snot without a second thought. How could a game named after nasal mucus be worth even a few seconds of my time? Still, I did my due diligence and played the video attached, a... read
Xeodrifter photo
Xeodrifter

The first footage of Renegade Kid's Xeodrifter is totally doin' it for me


Love me some metroidvanias
Oct 08
In August, it was revealed that Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid was working on a metroidvania for Nintendo 3DS titled Xeodrifter. It's about an interstellar vagrant, and the game was supposedly born from a Moon... read
Beyond Human Kickstarter photo
Metroid x Mega Man x Devil May Cry
Every few months, I think about how great Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion were. So, so great. Why isn't Nintendo doing more like that? I don't know, but the indie community seems to share my lamentation, creating ga... read feature

Ori preview photo
There's a really solid platformer in there too
One glance at Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest is enough to be immediately enamored by the game's visuals. Actually, it's almost an inevitability. Every piece of media that Microsoft releases for Ori draws att... read feature

Xeodrifter photo
Xeodrifter

Renegade Kid announces new 3DS metroidvania


Xeodrifter coming to the eShop, and more updates from the Mutant Mudds studio
Aug 04
Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid unveiled a new project today in a developer diary over at GoNintendo. It's a bite-sized metroidvania game for Nintendo 3DS about an interstellar vagrant, entitled Xeodrifter, that... read
Timespinner photo
Timespinner

Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation


Merchant Crow to win best new character 2015
Jun 25
Metroidvanias are totally in vogue right now, but a lot of the time (as with Ghost Song or ReVeN), they feel more Metroid than 'Vania. Not so with Timespinner. Former Bungie employee and founder of Lunar Ray Games Bodie... read






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