Sunday, 29 January 2023

What The Heck Is A 'MetroidBrainia'?

quote [ I don't love the name, mostly because it makes me feel like someone with a hobby so dorky that I can't talk about it with normal people, but that's just me being a grump, probably. ]

Cool summary of something the comments rightly identify as pretty Myst-like.
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[by Paracetamol@9:12pmGMT]


damnit said[2] @ 1:10am GMT on 30th Jan [Score:2]
It’s definitely within the point and click, graphic adventure/puzzle genre, except not so much point and click and probably not an adventure (definitely not adventure/platformer).

It’s like Myst and Syberia.

There are games like Regency Solitaire and Shadowhand (made by Grey Alien Games) that can be described as solitaire/card games with story mode and power ups. They’re much more than that.

Calling something MetroidBrainia is funny/clever, but not really descriptive (nor relevant in 20 years).

Roguelikes are basically dungeon crawlers, but very specific to the game “Rogue.” Same with Souls-like/Soulsborne games (which are just spicy-difficulty action RPGs)
Bruceski said @ 3:56am GMT on 30th Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
Yeah, it's a wonderful... gameplay style? I think they're right that "genre" isn't the right term. Terrible name though.
mechanical contrivance said @ 9:47pm GMT on 29th Jan
I assume it's a metroidvania with puzzles, and I love that.
mechavolt said @ 7:48pm GMT on 30th Jan
I think "Myst-like" as a starting point is fine. It's was a genre-defining game that most gamers are going to be aware of, at least in some form. There's a reason first-person shooters weren't called "FPSs" for a long time, and instead "Doom-clones". Maybe eventually someone will come up with a better name, but metroidbrania isn't it.

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