List train does not stop today friends. Previous Switch Arcade Special Editions bring you our favorite fighting games, our favorite 3D platformers and our favorite JRPGs on the switch. At the moment we are seeing a style that has been popular for the last five or more years: metrodvania. Yes, that style label is controversial, but it helps as long as you know what I mean when I use it. If so, one small clarification: Metroidvania is a non-linear platform where your character acquires new abilities, skills or objects during the game that can help him overcome previously insurmountable obstacles. One that stays the same Zelda Game, but from the side view. In particular order, here are our picks for the best of the bunch.
Hollow Night ($ 14.99)
There are some games that I failed to include in this list, people have chatter. Hollow Night Probably the biggest in that bunch. Many consider this game to be the best in the entire history of the genre, rubbing the elbows with fondness Super Metroid And Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This is a huge, spacious game that takes the right instructions Dark Souls Games, adding an element of risk and danger that is not always present in this generation. The game mechanics sound, but the biggest strength of the game is how far it pulls you into its mysterious world. Incredible success by any measure.
Blood Stained: Ritual of the Night ($ 39.99)
Koji Igarashi oversaw a few developments Castlevania The games were so hard that they not only changed the general course of the franchise, but became part of the label of the brand genre. So it was a surprise to see him return to the Metrodwania stable. Here are the things he never did before Castlevania Games, but it feels so close to those titles that a million imitators can never do. This switch port sometimes feels like a bug comedy even after several patches. Yet the quality of the game shines through with that considerable baggage, which should be the way you do it.
Messenger ($ 19.99)
This game has been around for a few years and I feel like it’s running on the Excels by revealing its mid-game twist. I can not really explain why it is here if I do not at least touch it lightly. Messiah Feels like an action game that is straightforward to a certain point. Then something happens, and you suddenly have Metroidvenia in your hands. A ninja metrodvania. A ninjoyidvenia, if you like. You do I do not know Please? Oh, I tried. However, some people like one half and think the other will pull the game down, but I will scratch their itch well on both sides of this ambitious title.
Steam World Dig 2 ($ 19.99)
People love games about digging. They do. I don’t know why humans are forced to scratch one’s way into the ground, but there it is. I like the original Steam World Dig, Developer Image & Form There is no question of raising the heat on the sequel. It’s bigger, more rigorously designed and in a lot of great ways. In addition, it answers the question of how things finally came about Steam World Dig To Steam World Heist, A question that kept many of me awake one night. The upgrade loop makes these games work better. You dig in for a while, reach a certain limit, go home to sell your loot and buy something that will help you move forward a bit. Every time you see a real game-changing piece of gear, it opens up a huge new area. Even the most compelling elements by the standards of this genre.
Ori & the Will of the Whips ($ 39.99)
I now realize that there are too many sequels on this list. I think Ori & the Will of the Whips Serves as a good example of this WhyHowever. The first game was gorgeous, fun and challenging, but it had some rough edges that caused some players to fall out of it. Will of the Whispers Fixes almost all problems, creates a more polished and enjoyable experience around. And it’s so much more beautiful than the already stunning original. Both games are worth the time investment, but looking at the progress the team has made from the first game to the second game is really a different matter. It is one of the best in terms of perfect weather.
Guacamole! 2 ($ 19.99)
I see the original Guacamole! As one of the trailblazers of the current indie metrodvania boom. I was a little goldilocked when it came to MetroIDVANIA recommendations that day, often not enough to match what I was looking for in the genre. Guacamole! I stood up from my chair and said, “Yes! It’s That’s it! “. Well, I did not Really Do so, but in my head? Absolutely. Guacamole! 2 The first improves the ideas of the game, resulting in the best (and ridiculous) entries in the Metroidwanian genre. If you want to do everything, tough is one of them. Fighting elements is very easy to roll your head for a given time, but some platforms that ask you to do it are positively tough. Some part of the experience.
Monster Boy & The Cursed Kingdom ($ 39.99)
I was skeptical until the moment I played this game. Can you blame me? An epic series that, if anything, deserves to be part of the genre label, revived by a team of indie developer and indie publisher, with very little involvement from the original creators? How can this go Right? Yet it did. It went So It could be the best game in the series. It is reliable in all the best ways but is not completely afraid to do its own thing where it makes sense. It has a specific flow Monster World Games are hard to nail, but FDG Entertainment and Game Atelier are virtually perfect here.
Time Spinner ($ 19.99)
This generation has different architectures and most new games seem to follow one of them. Time spinner Trying too hard to deliver Symphony of the Night-Style gameplay experience, and it’s closer to hitting that target than anyone outside of Koji Igarashi. There is an extra time manipulation mechanic here and the story is definitely aimed at something different CastlevaniaGothic cheese, but its great achievements are in its gameplay nuts and bolts: spot-on controls, enjoyable combat and stunning overall map design. It feels good to play and it is one of the important elements in the game of Metrodwania.
Axium edge ($ 19.99)
Principle edge It is not metroidvania because it is pure Metroid-Like. This is a respectable tribute not only to the series but also to the original MetroidSpecific bugs of. You were able to glitch popularly Metroid In very strange ways, glitching Principle edge A Is required Mechanic. It also triggers that creepy, other worldly atmosphere Metroid There are games. There is something prankish and repulsive about sections of Principle edge, But it certainly stands out too. There is a sequel to this game in the near future and I can’t wait to see how it changes. Anyway, if you love Metroid, This is the game you definitely want to check out.
A Robot Named Fight ($ 12.99)
Well, this list should have a curve ball. A robot called Fight Tries both ridiculously difficult tasks and surprisingly does both well. First, it is a tribute Super Metroid In a thematic and mechanical sense, and in fact it does a great job of mimicking the interesting physics of that game. Second, it is methodically produced metroidvania, which is like chocolate and les ragas in terms of the right combinations. This is not something that should work, because Metroidwania games usually boast themselves of carefully crafted designs that cause the player to do or not do at any moment. True, most games that try do not do well with it. A robot called Fight Gives you a random mini Super MetroidOften ends in tragedy. Very unique and most enjoyable game all around. Shame on the title.
There aren’t many surprises on this list, but I think it speaks to how many of the best, style-defining games Switch hosts in this generation. Thanks to the popularity of this type of game among indie developers over the last few years it is scratching the surface that you can find on the platform. What do you think? Are there any metrodvanias you would like to add to this list? Feel free to comment below with your favorite metrodvanias on the switch and let us know.