Metroidvania games (Page 5)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Review

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Review (PlayStation 4)

Time to buy some fortifying shampoo

April 25, 2016 - Everyone's favourite hair-whipping half-genie is back for her third adventure. Although it's been around a while, you can now play it on almost every major console. So, let's see if Shantae still delivers the high quality platforming that we're used to.
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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse: A Step-by-Step Guide

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse: A Step-by-Step Guide

Half-genies get lost, too

April 25, 2016 - If you've ever played a Shantae game then you know how tricky they can be when it comes to knowing what to do next. In this guide, I break down all of the essential steps so you can carry on with your adventure no problem.
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Salt and Sanctuary Review

Salt and Sanctuary Review (PlayStation 4)

First souls, then blood, now salt

March 18, 2016 - It's no secret that this latest Metroidvania title borrows heavily from the Souls series of action RPGs. However, Salt and Sanctuary translates the established formula into two dimensions which makes it quite the intriguing experiment.
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Teslagrad Review

Teslagrad Review (PlayStation 4)

Welcome to Magnetvania

March 10, 2016 - Metroidvania games are more popular than ever. In order to make one worthwhile, game developers have to strive for unique gameplay. Thankfully, Teslagrad's magnet-based mechanics just may have what it takes.
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Blaster Master Review

Blaster Master Review (NES)

A tale of a boy and his radioactive frog

July 23, 2015 - Long before Metroidvania was a common term, Blaster Master helped define the genre. It remains one of gaming's dearest memories with its multiple gameplay perspectives, awesome soundtrack, and wicked boss fights, but does it still hold up more than 25 years later?
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Red Goddess: Inner World Review

Red Goddess: Inner World Review (PlayStation 4)

Schizophrenia is Divine

July 2, 2015 - When it comes to indie game development, mixing genres is a method that always produces interesting results. Red Goddess combines melee combat, exploration, platforming, and some light puzzle-solving in a fascinating world that's fused together with beautiful storytelling. There's no denying how intriguing that sounds, but does it all add up to a worthwhile game?
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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review (PlayStation 4)

This half-genie has a killer head of hair

June 29, 2015 - You don't often see DSiWare games getting ported to current consoles. For the most part it's understandable why, but when it comes to Shantae; you know you're in for a treat. If you're ready, give that magic lamp a rub and let's see if our wishes come true.
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Axiom Verge Review

Axiom Verge Review (PlayStation 4)

Life after death sure feels a lot like an old-school Metroid game

April 11, 2015 - Step aside Samus; it's Trace's turn to explore an alien world. Axiom Verge is an exploration-based platform shooter that has captured the attention of retro gamers everywhere. However, is it worth leaving Zebes and exploring yet another unfamiliar planet?
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Review

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Review (PlayStation)

This castle is a creature of Chaos

April 8, 2015 - With countless Metroidvania games being released, it's a good time to revisit the origins of the genre. Symphony of the Night boldly took the Castlevania series in a new direction by incorporating exploration as the main gameplay mechanic in a similar fashion to the already established Metroid series. The result was one of the greatest video games ever crafted. As the 100th review on Video Chums, I invite you to join me in celebrating this brilliant example of gaming perfection in a modern review of a timeless classic.
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Xeodrifter Review

Xeodrifter Review (3DS)

In space, no one can hear you drift

March 28, 2015 - Space can be a lonely place, especially when your ship gets damaged by an asteroid. Xeodrifter tries to emulate Metroid mechanics in almost every way, but does it live up to the classics or is it simply not enough to satisfy your retro cravings?
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