La-Mulana 2 comes with all the challenge of its predecessor, but it makes some welcome adjustments to some of La-Mulana’s more tedious aspects.
Mystik Belle is a neat Metroidvania with a heavy focus on item puzzles, all wrapped gorgeous pixel art that calls to mind the last days of Super Famicom.
SteamWorld Dig 2 takes everything that was great about the first game and builds upon it, with neat gadgets, fresh level design, and a great new hero.
Rabi-Ribi cleverly combines the Metroidvania and bullet hell genres, using a silly but heartfelt story and adorable pixel art to seal the deal.
Kova is a side-scrolling action RPG Metroidvania, but after a short pre-alpha demo, it’s the beautiful, painterly world that really has me excited.
Alwa’s Awakening isn’t just a “retro-inspired” game, but one that combines a modern design sense with the technical limitations (and creativity) of the NES.
With Headlander, Double Fine brings ’70s sci-fi eccentricity to a Metroidvania. The result is a bizarre, outlandish, glorious trip.
Valley is a great first-person platformer with some clever ideas, but its real strength is the thrill of running, jumping, and soaring through the woods.
Ninja Smasher! is a fun, cute little retro-styled Metroidvania that doubles as a surprisingly insightful deconstruction of the genre.
Mighty No. 9’s brought the nostalgia-driven Kickstarter darling under scrutiny, but if the E3 demo’s any indication, Bloodstained won’t suffer the same fate