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After 19 years, Nintendo finally released Metroid Dread in October 2021. The game, a 2D action-adventure developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD combines stealth aspects while maintaining the side-scrolling gameplay of earlier 2D Metroid games. Metroid Dread is one of the best side-scrolling games available. However, it is a bit short, with 10 to 12 hours, you are done. So what do you play next? We've compiled a list of the top five best games like Metroid Dread that will provide you with the best action-adventure experience possible.


5. The Mummy Demastered 

The Mummy Demastered™ Launch Trailer

This game shares many parallels with other Metroidvania shooter games while also adding something new to the source material. The Mummy Demastered is a lot of fun to play, combining fantasy-style buildings with modern-day aesthetics. It also has a unique death system that zombifies the player and forces them to control a new character in order to acquire items from the zombie corpse.

On top of that there's a lot to like about this game, from amazing monster and boss design, and flawless level design moments to just enough change in places to ensure different graphics from start to finish.  Mummy Demastered succeeds as a small and assured action game in its own right. The game is not only a worthy tribute to 1990s movie-inspired gameplay but also a truly fantastic action-adventure game. It also deserves recognition as one of the best examples of pixel visual art. It features is a fantastic combination of shooting, gameplay, and exploration. The game is a sophisticated, powerful, and implores a fun experience that will appeal to fans of Metroid Dread.


4. Hollow Night

Hollow Knight - Release Trailer

Hollow Knight is a gloomy and tough Metroidvania that's really difficult to put down. It's one of the moodier and most melancholy Metroidvanias on the list. Hollow Knight is a less colorful and cartoony take on the Ori and the Blind Forest template. However, it's still one of the greatest in the genre. Hollow Knight combines a great art style with moving music, endearing characters, and a strong sense of immersion when exploring the surrounding area. You'll develop your skills and unlock new regions over time, much like in most Metroidvanias. However, unlike most Metroidvanias, the fighting is exceedingly difficult, especially when you face off against the gigantic bosses.

Hollow Knight's openness to let players explore on their own rather than nudge them in a specific route is one of the game's strongest features. This, paired with the sheer number of secrets and sections to discover, makes it one of the most approachable and charming Metroidvania games available. Although the hand-drawn, cartoony art style of Hollow Knight does not match that of Metroid Dread, the two games share a lot in terms of raw difficulty. It's well worth it to get to play Metroid Dread alongside one of the most immersive Metroidvanias of the previous decade.


3. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Ori and the Blind Forest - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch

The Ori games, which include Ori and the Blind Forest and its direct sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps, are considered two of the best modern Metroidvanias. In Will of the Wisps, the two-dimensional artwork of Blind Forest was replaced by three-dimensional models playing against a multilayered background. The game maintains a strong connection to its predecessor, Blind Forest, with the introduction of new melee combat. 

It features a fantastic soundtrack and beautiful images that work well together to create a relaxing atmosphere. This sequel is a must-play for lovers of the original  Ori and Metroid Dread. It is also a strong recommendation for everyone else, thanks to its massive landscape, amazing gameplay, and seamless adaptation of the Metroidvania concept. It all comes to a head with a gripping storyline that culminates in a stunning climax that ties both games together. In the meantime, side quests reveal fascinating details about this odd cosmos. It's a terrific game that you shouldn't miss out on.


2. Axiom Verge 2

Axiom Verge 2 - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Axiom Verge 2 is the sequel to Thomas Happ's Metroid-like 2D action-platformer, and one of the best independent games on the Nintendo Switch. NES-style pixel art graphics are used to depict intriguing sci-fi locations throughout the game, much like its predecessor. Players shouldn't have any trouble following the plot, even though it is tied to the original Axiom Verge. The game introduces new characters and a distinct setting.

Axiom Verge 2 is similar to classic Metroid games in every way, from its retro looks to its exploration-heavy gameplay. Playing as Trace, a scientist who unintentionally uncovers a gateway to an alien world, is the focus of this game. The game's framework is relatively similar to that of Metroid Dread. However, Axiom Verge is significantly more story-driven. In his journey through the mysterious world of Sudra, Trace will learn new abilities that will allow him to explore previously uncharted areas and uncover mysteries that were previously hidden. Traditional exploration side-scrollers will adore Axiom Verge, but it doesn't shy away from taking a few calculated chances.


1. Dead Cells 

Dead Cells - Launch Trailer | PS4

At first appearance, roguelikes and Metroidvanias may appear to be incompatible. The former focuses on achieving excellence through repetition, whereas the latter emphasizes taking your time and exploring new territory. Dead Cells, however, brilliantly mixes the two genres, allowing  us to explore a vast, procedurally-generated maze packed with vicious opponents. The game adds new elements to the Metroidvania genre. It is all wrapped up in an intriguing story about a mysterious life form taking control of a dead corpse, which serves as the main character's avatar. 

Aside from the outstanding level design, loot, and monster types, Dead Cells also throws a permadeath mechanism at players, causing them to lose their entire inventory if they die. Dead Cells is a challenging game, but it's fun to play and provides just enough tools to win.The side-scrolling game is a popular 2D indie Metroidvania that will likely appeal to lovers of Metroid Dread while also adding a roguelike twist to the genre.


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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.