Guacamelee! 2

Drinkbox Studios
PlayStation 4 | Steam
Director: TBA

Dead Cells

Motion Twin
PlayStation 4 | Steam | Switch | Xbox One
Designer: Sébastien Bénard et al.

Chasm

BitKid
PlayStation 4 | Vita | Steam
Director: James Petruzzi

Dandara

Long Hat House
iOS | PlayStation 4 | Steam | Switch | Xbox One
Director: João Brant | Lucas Mattos

Adventure

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Atari
2600
Director: Warren Robinett

ROOTS: The flip side of the Zork coin: Where that game presented the RPG concept entirely in text, allowing for methodical deliberation between player actions, Adventure played out with real-time action. More compact in nature than Zork, Adventure nevertheless introduced key concepts that would become integral to exploratory action games.

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Zork: The Great Underground Empire

zork

Infocom
Personal Computers
Tim Anderson | Marc Blank | Bruce Daniels | Dave Lebling

ROOTS: An influential work that helped shape the nature and direction of metroidvania game design… and countless other games, as well. While not a metroidvania in and of itself, this essential precursor defined the workings of exploratory gameplay and persistent imaginary worlds.

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