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Ritual of the Night Is the Perfect Metroidvania for a Modern Audience

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If you didn’t grow up playing games like Metroid or Castlevania on old-school consoles like the NES or SNES, you’d probably be a tiny bit intimidated by the idea of jumping into a “Metroidvania-style” game.

Metroidvania? What does that even mean?

Well, you’ve probably already heard of the genre and are a thousand times more knowledgeable about it than I am, but just in case you’re a newcomer who’s still a little iffy on the concept, here’s a brief rundown.

Metroidvania games are heavily focused on exploration in a game world. As you explore, you’ll inevitably run into obstacles that you can’t get past. It could be a ledge that’s too high up for your jump, or a large rock that’s blocking your path.

The hook of the Metroidvania is to drip-feed you with new abilities…


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