A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Metrico+ is a creative downloadable side-scrolling platformer. There's no inappropriate content in the game, though some parents should be aware that there are instances when players will have to kill themselves, not only to solve a puzzle but also to reset back to the beginning of a room so they can start over.
What's it about?
As a minimalist arcade game, METRICO+ doesn't really have an obvious story. Your objective is to get from one end of the game to the other. But aside from looking like you're the person from the bathroom sign who somehow got lost in a PowerPoint presentation at an accounting firm, there's no real indication of who you are and why you're doing all that running and jumping.
Is it any good?
Though steeped in side-scrolling platformer traditions, this creative arcade game sets itself apart by having you manipulate the world instead of the world manipulating you. In Metrico+, you have to do the usual bunch of running and jumping to get from one end of a sadistic obstacle course to another. But while similar games have you avoiding traps and jumping at just the right moment, this one has the world being changed by your movements. For instance, a platform may rise or lower every time you jump. Or it may rise as you get close to it and lower as you move away. Or it may rise when you move but not jump. There are even times when the answer to your problem, oddly, is to kill yourself. Aiding you in figuring things out are the numerical values attached to objects. If one, for instance, has an "8/8" next to it, it could mean it will rise or fall every time you jump but only eight times. It's all very clever but also can be rather frustrating at times if you're not adept at both problem-solving and split-second timing.
This is also rather bare-bones. You can't, for instance, turn the music on or off, which is a problem since it's way too loud relative to the game's sound effects. As for how Metrico+ compares to the original Vita version, Metrico, it mostly looks the same, but the controls work a bit better. Which is good because when this gets clever, it's not only a fun game but a challenging one as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about thinking things through. Why is it important in this game to carefully consider what you're going to do before you do it? How can you apply that to your life?
Talk about observation. What do the numbers indicate in this game, and how can they help you solve these puzzle rooms?
Discuss physical fitness. The hero of this game is obviously fit, given all the running and jumping they do. Has it made you want to go outside and exercise?
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