Blue Skies, Great Tunes And A Little Metroidvania

Metroidvania. It's a sub-genre of gaming made famous by, well, Metroid and Castlevania, games renowned for their 2D exploration and backtracking. It's made a bit of a comeback in recent years, with games like Shadow Complex, but rarely has it looked this pretty.

This is indie game Celestial Mechanica, available now for $US5. Made by Roger Hicks (rComplex) and Paul Veer (Super Crate Box), it's got two things I like in my video games: great music and blue skies.

It's on both PC and Mac, and you can grab it at the link below.

Celestial Mechanica [Official site, via IndieGames]


    The look kind of reminded me of the in development Life+, which I feel deserves a mention since it's looking pretty good.

    That aside, this looks interesting. Guess I'll check it out. Cheers, Luke.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I really HATE the term Metroidvania. Castlevania was originally a stock standard 2d platformer, it was only later versions that "copied" the Metroid format. So why does it get half the name? It's more accurate to say that Castlevania is a Metroidesque game. Portmanteauing the games to me seems like nothing more than playstation fanboys trying to reimagine history to suggest that the style of gameplay was generated on a variety of consoles, with the Metroid part left in just because any other way of suggesting such would be easily shot down (ie as a deflection).

    Ok that's the end of my rant. I really love Metroidesque games.

      I think even though Metroid was the first to have kind of platformer format, nowadays, it's more castlevania games that do this format. So the term mertroidvania at least in a 2d sense refers to both the origin and where you can find a decent franchise that uses it.

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