Alternatives to ‘Metroidvania,’ Because If I See It One More Time, I’ll Die


  • Comes from the names of two games that do a similar thing
  • πŸ‘Ž We don’t call FPS games “Doom clones” anymore
  • πŸ‘Ž Imagine if we called real-time strategy games “Warconquers” or platformers “Sonarios”
  • πŸ‘Ž Doesn’t mean anything
  • πŸ‘Ž I don’t care that it’s come into common usage
  • πŸ‘Ž Bad
  • πŸ‘Ž Stop it

“Where the fuck do I go kind of games”

  • I got it from the Angry Video Game Nerd
  • πŸ‘ Aptly describes the experience of play
  • πŸ‘Ž Kind of a mouthful

“Search action”

  • From a description of a Touhou game
  • πŸ‘ Actually explains what you’re doing
  • πŸ‘ Concise
  • πŸ‘Ž Possibly too broad

“Maze games”

  • Just describes what they are
  • πŸ‘ They are mazes
  • πŸ‘Ž Potential confusion with things likeΒ Pac-Man but come on it’s 2019


  • πŸ‘Ž Fuck you


  • I guess we do this with Roguelikes already
  • πŸ‘ I forget that Rogue was actually a game most of the time
  • πŸ‘Ž “Roguelike” is also a bad term

“Hunter gatherers”

  • You’re hunting and gathering items
  • πŸ‘ Nice synergy with Metroid being a bountyΒ hunter
  • πŸ‘ŽΒ Already taken by pre-industrial humans
  • πŸ‘Ž Civilization was a mistake


  • I made this up
  • πŸ‘ These games are all about unlocking gated areas
  • πŸ‘Ž I’ll be the first to admit that it’s bad
  • πŸ‘Ž I wouldn’t use it
  • πŸ‘Ž And I wouldn’t suggest you do either
  • πŸ‘Ž Good day

merritt k

merritt k is Features & Trending Editor at She has never played a video game in her life.

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