I don’t have a solid definition and the title is not precise. Direct control, non-‘cinematic’.
Demon’s Crest (SNES) - Capcom, 1994
Castlevania Chronicles (Playstation) - Konami, 2001
Akumajō Dracula (X68000) - Konami, 1993
Rastan comes to mind, with its excellent, tinny music.
The Legendary Axe (PCE) - Victor Interactive Software, 1988
and its successor
The Astyanax (Arcade) - Jaleco, 1989
Curse of Issyos (PC) - Locomalito, 2015
Cursed Castilla / Maldita Castilla EX (PC) - Locomalito, 2016
Wonder Boy in Monster Land. This game doesn’t look like anything special at first but it’s super addictive. Structured like Spelunky in some ways (also, maybe Spelunky counts itself?)
Assault Suits Valken (SNES) - NCS Corporation, 1993
Front Mission Gun Hazard (SNES) - Omiya Soft, 1996
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