The Metroidvania genre has started to boom in popularity now especially in the indie scene, thanks to popular hits like Ori & The Blind Forest and Hollow Knight receiving universal acclaim from critics and gamers alike. So here are five games we’d recommend buying from Steam (on that note, we do recommend purchasing Hollow Knight and Ori & the Blind Forest before getting the games listed below):
5. Wonderboy: The Dragon’s Trap- INR 264/ 9.99$
This remake of the Sega Master System title, Wonderboy III: The Dragon’s Trap not just boasts some of the best 2D hand-drawn graphics this gen, but is also a competent platformer with enough Metroidvania-lite mechanics to keep fans of the genre pleased despite its linearity – apart from its unique shape-shifting system of course. Oh and did we mention how beautiful the game looks?
4. Salt & Sanctuary- INR 279/ 8.99$
Salt & Sanctuary is practically Dark Souls all but in name and the lack of a whole dimension. From the atmosphere to the gameplay to simple things like exploration, it follows Dark Souls to a tee. If you are a Dark Souls fan, then this is a game for you. If you have a potato and are a Dark Souls fan, this is DEFINITELY for you.
3. Axiom Verge- INR 282/ 9.99$
This tribute to Nintendo’s classic Metroid games tries and succeeds on several fronts, and perhaps even standing toe-to-toe with Samus’ adventures in those aspects, like much more varied weapons, a brooding atmosphere and brutal bosses. Metroid fans, you owe it to yourselves to check this one out.
2. Cave Story + – INR 298/ 9.74$
An enhanced version of the 2004 cult classic by indie dev Daisuke Amaya, it’s still loved to this day; despite its charming, retro aesthetic, it tells a surprisingly deep and mature story with some very satisfying and fast paces, tough as nails gameplay. Don’t miss out on this one.
1. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition- INR 275/ 8.99$
Drinkbox Studios’ Mexican lore-themed, beat ’em up Metroidvania is one of the finest examples of the genre, thanks to some brilliant gameplay mechanics, fun combat system and bucketfuls of humor. Not to mention the killer soundtrack, which is definitely a highlight of the game – and therefore this is our top pick for the Metrdoivania game you need to buy from the Steam sake.