Top 15 Games Like Hollow Knight (Games Better Than Hollow Knight in Their Own Way)

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Let's Countdown The Best Games Like Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is an action-adventure metroidvania indie game that oozes style and a dark charm. Additionally, it also has a Dark Souls vibe in both its difficulty and its intriguingly bleak but lore-filled world.

The following are games that share aspects of Hollow Knight, be it in a unique style or in the challenge. After leaving the world of Hallownest you might enjoy jumping into one of these games.  

15. Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary Gameplay

Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D action role-playing that is also compared to Dark Souls.  It has a hand-drawn comic book style that never gets old. It’s a great pick for a stylish challenge. It is a game infused with an incredible atmosphere begging to be explored.  

In Salt and Sanctuary, you play a shipwrecked man exploring an uncharted island, as evil begins to stir within.

When I say “Stick him with the pointy end” Is it odd that I am not sure who I am talking about here?

“…Then I just stuck him with the pointy end…”

14. Death's Gambit

Death’s Gambit Gameplay

Death's Gambit is a 2D action platformer set in a world of gothic horror again also compared to Dark Souls. It has a beautiful pixel look reminiscent of PS1 era and games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

In Death's Gambit, you are charged to be an agent of Death whose mission is to rid the world of immortals.

Come at me, Bro! I’ve got an ax!


13. Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge Gameplay

Axiom Verge is a sci-fi Metroidvania heavily inspired by the original 8-bit Metroid. It wears its 8-bit aesthetic with pride. It has some very satisfying weapons, character upgrades, and some equally awesome boss fights.

In Axiom Verge, you play a scientist that had a fatal accident…but then wakes up in a mysterious alien world where the only answers come from exploration.

So, where is that baby Metroid?

He took my advice to “KILL IT WITH FIRE!” literally.

12. Spelunky

Spelunky Gameplay

Spelunky is an indie 2d platformer with a cool cartoon art style. But don’t let that fool you, this game offers an old school challenge. The levels are randomly generated and filled with lots of secretes. Tip to the wise, don’t steal from the shopkeepers...they don’t take it well.

In Spelunky you play as a cave spelunker who explores caves, saves damsels and confronts enemies while trying to avoid traps.

It’s chaos…absolutely adorable chaos…

steal from the shopkeepers…

11. Catacomb Kids

Catacomb Kids Trailer with Gameplay

Catacomb Kids is a 2d procedurally generated roguelike platformer with an old school pixelated art style. Like most roguelikes, this game is a challenge, but it lets you customize how you play with a very interesting class system.

In Catacomb Kids, a demon sorceress who had been sealed away 500 years ago may be stirring and you and your ilk are mysteriously drawn to explore the catacombs where she is sealed.   

Pew! Pew! Pew!

Should I feel honored or insulted…

10. Risk of Rain

Risk of Rain Gameplay

Risk of Rain is 2d sci-fi action roguelike platformer with procedurally generated levels. Its pixelated art style puts you into the shoes of a tiny but badass character. The action is fast and satisfying but as you get more powerful so do your enemies. So the better you get, the more tactical you have to get.

In Risk of Rain, you are the lone survivor of your ship’s crash when it was shot orbit. You are in a hostile world, and it seems your ship may have been carrying some special cargo.

That seems like solid advice.

I’m so small…and they…are not…

9. Mable & The Wood

Mable & The Wood Trailer with Gameplay

Mable & The Wood is a game in the Metroidvania style with beautifully pixelated graphics in the same vein as Celeste. Like another awesome indie game, Undertale, you can choose not to kill a single enemy. A cool looking game that allows you to play it in a very different way than others of the same genre. Intriguing.

In Mable & The Wood, you have been resurrected by an ancient cult who have a prophecy saying you will kill great monsters, take their form and use their powers. Do you choose to believe them?

I will be the judge of that!

There always seems to be at least one giant spider in the woods.

8. Dead Cells

Dead Cells Gameplay

Dead Cells is roguelike metroidvania whose art style is somehow old school pixelated, but also very fluid. It is a hard precision action game with procedurally generated levels. This game takes from so many different styles it should crumble under its own weight, but it is so perfectly balanced that the end product is truly something special.

In Dead Cells, you play as a small organism that reanimates a recently dead corpse, referred to as “The Prisoner,” which you control to try to figure exactly what is going on.

Well, that’s not something you see everyday…

He asked if we could be friends, this was my answer.

7. Void Memory

Void Memory Gameplay

Void Memory is a combat heavy 2d action platformer that many have compared to Dark Souls or Bloodborne. It has a cool pixelated anime aesthetic, and some solid precision combat. If you are getting an itch for a hard as nails precision game, this might be worth checking out.  

In Void Memory, you play a being looking for information left by your creator, but the world seems to be crumbling around you as you search.

So…do you come here often?

I am just not sure if this dank crown is enough…

6. Unworthy

Unworthy Gameplay

Unworthy is a combat heavy metroidvania with a cool black and white art style. Set in a dark, unforgiving medieval world, this game does some cool things with shadows and silhouettes to add menace and tension to an already difficult adventure.

In Unworthy you are a warrior resurrected from the grave traversing a hostile world attempting to prove your worth.

I am awesome…look at my big sword.

The amount of Rotting Flesh for sale is slightly upsetting.

5. Dark Devotion

Dark Devotion Gameplay

Dark Devotion is a dark fantasy roguelike RPG with a pixel art style. The game forces you forward. As you make your way forward doors shut, which means that you have to commit to any decision you make for any place you explore. Yes, it’s a game with consequences! 

In Dark Devotion you play as a Templar attempting to traveling to the darkest depths in the name or your faith, as what you see and experience puts that faith to the test.  

So Hezek…do you hang out here a lot?

I am sure there is nothing bad behind this door.


EITR Gameplay Trailer

EITR is an isometric action RPG set in a Norse world in a pixel art style. EITR take much inspiration from Dark Souls, but also Diablo and has randomized loot system in a handmade world. EITR is likely the most unique game on this list and is cool because it is doing something different.

In EITR you play as the Shield Maiden, her destiny was obscured by Loki and she must travel the nine realms to unravel the mystery of her fate.

Did I leave the stove on?

I did not realize it was your ham!

3. Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest Gameplay

Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2d platformer adventure Metroidvania with a gorgeous and vibrant animation style and beautiful orchestral music. But don’t be thrown by the art, this game is no pushover! Though it’s been out for a few years, with its challenging gameplay, beautiful aesthetic and captivating story, this is a game to check out.

In Ori and the Blind Forest, you play as Ori, a sort of fox-like creature who travels into the dying forest the confront the darkens within in order to try and save his home.

Swim little dude! Swim!

The game world is simply beautiful.

2. Sundered

Sundered Gameplay

Sundered is a Metroidvania platformer with some roguelike elements and an awesome hand-drawn art style. It is heavily inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. In an interesting twist on the roguelike genre, when you die, while the world is partially randomly re-generated, when you upgrade your character the upgrades are permanent.

In Sundered you play as Eshe, a wanderer of this ruined world trying to overcome the manifest eldritch horrors and escape this nightmare land.

Ahh, it’s the age-old game of staby-staby!

That’s how I look when I wake up in the morning.

1. Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy Gameplay

Rogue Legacy is a procedurally generated action platformer set in a medieval world. It has a cool cartoon pixel art style somewhat reminiscent of a Super Nintendo game. When you die, the next player is actually a descendant of the player that died. Also, you spend any money made on that run on permanent upgrades and perks after you die, but usable on subsequent runs ading a novel strategy element to the game.

In Rogue Legacy, you are trying to conquer a nightmare castle, and when you fall, the next generation picks up the quest, but they might have different strengths or weakness than their ancestor had. 


Lady Viola II, may she rest in peace, had a most epic beard. 

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