Thunder Lotus is a studio that knows how to impress from an aesthetics point of view. Their previous game Jotun was beautiful to look at, but did not wow in terms of gameplay. With Sundered, the developers go further in terms of game design with a metroidvania rogue-like mixed with Lovecraft. Unfortunately, questionable design decisions waste any good will that the game’s beautiful aesthetics earn.
Dead Cells has been a game on my radar for the last year thanks to its combination of metroidvania and rogue-like elements. With the game officially out now, we have a game that is a great successor to the action-focus gameplay of Spelunky; with all the highs and lows that it entails.
For this week’s podcast, I spoke with Indie Game Designer “Shield” who is working on the Metroidvania Stonicorn about his thoughts on the genre.
The term “Metroidvania” has become a part of the video game vernacular over the years. Long since evolved from the days of Castlevania Symphony of the Night, it has become a catch-all for many action-adventure-based games. For today, we’re going to drill down and talk about the three essential elements that make up a Metroidvania game.