Unworthy

4.5 out of 5. A Souls-like hybrid with a greater emphasis on its Metroidvania aspects. Unworthy is a fantastic example of a focused and well-realized experience, with challenging dungeons and bosses.

Mortal Manor

2.5 out of 5. Substance over style. If you can push past the incredibly frustrating process of getting good at the game, you can easily get your money’s worth in terms of time per dollar spent.

Catmaze

4 out of 5. A Unique Slavic Tale. Even if you don’t like cats, if you enjoy excellent Metroidvania Exploration and a well-told story with endearing characters, you owe it to yourself to buy this game.

Dandara

3.5 out of 5. Delightfully unique concept that will provide a novel challenge to wrap your brain around. Falls just short of its full potential, but it’s worth playing if the premise appeals to you.

La-Mulana

5 out of 5. Not a game for everyone, but perhaps the best puzzle-based Metroidvania in the genre. Cryptic clues and dangerous tombs captures the feel of an Indiana Jones-style archeology adventure.

Ghost 1.0

3 out of 5. Emphasis on Wave-Based challenge rooms and robot possession puzzles add a unique twist to the Metroidvania explorative format. Story seems cringe at first, but it really grew on me.

Cave Story

5 out of 5. While relatively linear and more story focused, Cave Story provides some of the best challenging shooter-platformer gameplay available. Full of secrets to uncover and lovable characters.

Apotheon

2.5 out of 5. Beautiful Graphical Style and fun exploration, but the simplicity of its story clashes with its devotion to its visuals, and while the combat is promising, it fails to deliver.

Axiom Verge

4 out of 5. Captures the feel of Metroid while doing more than enough to establish its own identity. Metroidvania Exploration at its best, with a thought provoking (but enigmatic) story to go with it.