Culture concept

Requires using knowledge the protagonist would not have without the player supplying it from previous attempts or external sources.


Alternate name: Trial and error

The first video game about Metagaming was released in 1984.

Sierra On-Line, Electronic Arts and Namco Bandai has published most of these games

Generally these are very non-intuitive games that rely on multiple attempts from the player to solve problems than actually solving them (trial & error vs observation, logic or some other method).

Note that metagaming is possible in almost all games, this tag simply denotes in which games it's required to progress (barring extraordinary blind luck).

Should NOT be used on trivia/quiz games as this is essentially expected of you (have knowledge outside of what the game gives you).

Child group

Death traps


Windows 12
Linux 11
Mac OS X 7
Amiga 5
Mac OS Classic 5
Atari ST 3
Apple IIGS 3
PS3 3
Apple II E 2
FM Towns 2
GP2X 2
BeOS 2
Mega Drive 1
X360 1
Tandy Coco 1
C64 1
Pandora 1
3DO 1
Dreamcast 1
Master System 1

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