Fearmonium

4 out of 5. Fearmonium provides some standard Metroidvania gameplay making it hard for it to stand out on those elements alone, but the story and theming make it wholly worth your time.

Lost to Time

3.5 out of 5. Initial impressions will likely suggest that Lost to Time is a broken mess, but if you approach it with an open mind and a lot of patience it can be a true work of art.

Simona’s Requiem

3.5 out of 5. One of the most honestly advertised games on Steam, if you go into Simona’s Requiem with the right expectations you’ll surely come out of it with warm feelings that are hard to duplicate

Paradox Vector

2.5 out of 5. The impossible hallways and mind trickery can be brilliant at times, however it’s not really a Metroidvania, and the lackluster gunplay and unfair feeling monster encounters bog it down.

Hero Core

4 out of 5. Hero Core is a wholly fresh take on Metroidvania tropes that has possibly even started its own subgenre. Being free there’s absolutely no reason not to try it out.