the character can get stronger, but only by acquiring elements, not increasing its stats by killing monsters. (unless you count killing a Boss as being an improvement because you win a full heart, buuut, you can kill the boss and never grab the full heart and complete the game with 3 hearts ) But I know its never clearly defined, and lot of users will always find a specific element which can be seen as RPG in games someone else don't consider as being one. it's an endless argument subject! As long as it's listed in the first post (which has not been updated since its creation!), it will help users even if not properly tagged, and that's the purpose of this thread. Then I guess we can list RPG and actions games too, as long as it's not pure action without story.