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The Best Games Like Hollow Knight  

Chris Abraham
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It's arguably the greatest modern Metroidvania title, but what are some good games that are similar to Hollow Knight? If you recently played Hollow Knight and need recommendations for what to play next, we've put together an extensive list of similar titles that you'll love if you enjoyed Team Cherry's masterpiece.

One of the best recommendations for a game like Hollow Knight is Salt and Sanctuary, a game by Ska Studios that shares a few of the same mechanics. Both games are brutally challenging, and share the concept of having to reclaim items from your body when you perish. Stylistically, you can't go wrong with Ori and the Blind Forest if you want to play a game similar to Hollow Knight. You'll be captivated by the graphics, but will also fall in love with the smooth character movement and satisfying exploration. Looking for a Hollow Knight alternative that won't require as much of your time? The Mummy Demastered is a great Metroidvania that has no business being as good as it is, but can be completed in about 5-6 hours. Who would have thought the game based on Tom Cruise's crappy Mummy movie would actually be good?

Vote up the Hollow Knight recommendations that you would most want other fans of the game to check out, but only if you've actually played them! Otherwise, this is the best resource for knowing what to play after beating Hollow Knight.

 

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Ori and the Blind Forest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2014
Ori and the Blind Forest is a platform-adventure Metroidvania video game developed by Moon Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on ...more
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Dead Cells is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2018
Dead Cells is a roguelike-metroidvania hybrid video game developed and published by Motion Twin. Following about a year in early access, Dead Cells was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, ...more
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Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a platform-adventure video game developed and published by Konami in 1997. It is the sequel to Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and features Dracula's dhampir ...more
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Super Metroid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
1994
Super Metroid is a 1994 action-adventure game published by Nintendo, developed by its R&D1 division, and programmed by Intelligent Systems for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The ...more
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Castlevania: Circle of the Moo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2001
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon known simply as Castlevania in the PAL region, is a video game created by Konami only for the Game Boy Advance. Published as a launch title in 2001, Circle of the ...more
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Metroid Fusion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2002
Metroid Fusion is an action-adventure video game published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It was released in North America, Europe, and Australia in November 2002, and in Japan in ...more
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Metroid: Zero Mission is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2004
Metroid: Zero Mission is an action-adventure video game developed by Nintendo R&D1 for the Game Boy Advance handheld console. It was published by Nintendo in North America in February 2004, ...more
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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2003
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, released in Japan as Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet, is a side-scrolling platforming video game developed and published by Konami for the Game Boy Advance. It is ...more
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Ni... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
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Metroid: Samus Returns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Metroid: Samus Returns is a 2017 side-scrolling action-adventure video game developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo, published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. A part of the science fiction ...more
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The Messenger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
The Messenger is a side-scrolling action-platformer, inspired by the classic Ninja Gaiden series. Players control a ninja known as "The Messenger" as he goes on a quest to deliver a ...more
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Salt and Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D action role-playing video game developed and published by Ska Studios. The game was released on March 15, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, with later releases for Microsoft ...more
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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Dec 20 2004
Cave Story is a freeware platform-adventure video game released in 2004 for the PC. It was developed over five years by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya in his free time. Cave Story features 2D ...more
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SteamWorld Dig 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2017
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a 2D platform action-adventure video game developed and published by Image & Form. It is the fourth installment in the SteamWorld series of games and the direct sequel to ...more
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Metroid II: Return of Samus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
1991
Metroid II: Return of Samus is a 1991 action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy handheld game console. The second installment and the first handheld title in the ...more
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Axiom Verge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
March 31, 2015
Axiom Verge is a Metroidvania game where the player controls Trace, a scientist who, after suffering a crippling injury, wakes up in an ancient and high-tech world. The game focuses on action ...more
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Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2008
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula: Ubawareta Kokuin, is an platform-adventure game and the third Nintendo DS installment of the Castlevania franchise, developed ...more
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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2005
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula: Sōgetsu no Jūjika, is an action-adventure game developed and published by Konami. It is part of Konami's Castlevania video game ...more
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Guacamelee! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2013
Guacamelee! is a 2013 action platforming video game developed and published by DrinkBox Studios. The game was originally released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in April 2013, and was ...more
20
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is an upcoming platform game currently in development by WayForward Technologies and Inti Creates for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the third game in the Shantae series, ...more
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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2006
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth, is a platform-adventure game developed and published by Konami. The game was released on November 16, 2006 ...more
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Castlevania: Harmony of Disson... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2002
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, known in Japan as Castlevania: Byakuya no Concerto, is a platform-adventure video game developed and published by Konami for the Game Boy Advance. Belonging ...more
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SteamWorld Dig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
SteamWorld Dig 2013
SteamWorld Dig is a platform action-adventure game. The second installment in the SteamWorld series and the sequel to SteamWorld Tower Defense, SteamWorld Dig has the player control Rusty, a ...more
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Dust: An Elysian Tail is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
2012
Dust: An Elysian Tail is an action role-playing video game developed by independent designer Dean Dodrill, published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on the Xbox Live Arcade on August 15, ...more
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Owlboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games Like Hollow Knight
Owlboy
Owlboy is a platform-adventure video game created by independent developer D-Pad Studio. The game is notable for its long development cycle, which began in 2007, and was released in November ...more