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'''Multi-genre video games''' are those [[video games]] which use multiple vastly-different play mechanics throughout the game. For example, in ''[[The Adventures of Bayou Billy]]'', play changes between a [[beat 'em up]], a [[driving game]], and a [[rail shooter]] across various levels. Since most video games employ aspects of various genres and mechanics, it's often difficult to decide which game should be considered "multi-genre" and which should not.  
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'''Multi-genre video games''', also referred to as '''cross-genre''', are those [[video games]] which use multiple vastly-different play mechanics throughout the game. For example, in ''[[The Adventures of Bayou Billy]]'', the game changes between a [[beat 'em up]], a [[driving video game|driving game]], and a [[rail shooter]] as you progress through the stages.
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==Definition==
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It's often difficult to decide which games should be considered "multi-genre" since most video games employ elements of various mechanics. Also, a lot of games have minigames or optional content which doesn't follow the mechanics of the primary game. I try to base the definition on what percentage of the game focuses on mechanics different than the primary. For example, the game ''[[Chrono Trigger]]'' has a racing minigame, but the amount of time playing it as a racing game is only a fraction of the time when you're playing it as an action RPG.
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There is an additional concern for games built around the concept of minigames. A game which includes a dozen card games certainly uses a lot of minigames, however, they all function with very similar mechanics so I wouldn't consider it multi-genre. However, the minigames in ''[[Mario Party]]'' all feature different mechanics, so I would consider it multi-genre.
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Many puzzle games tend to focus on
  
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
 
These are multi-genre video games which are important to me, for a complete list, see [[:Category:Video Game Genre - Multi-Genre|the category]].
 
These are multi-genre video games which are important to me, for a complete list, see [[:Category:Video Game Genre - Multi-Genre|the category]].
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! Title !! Released !! Developer || Notes
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| ''[[The 7th Guest]]'' || 1993-04-01 || [[Trilobyte]] || Includes a bunch of puzzle games, many with very different themes.
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| ''[[Actraiser]]'' || 1990-12-16 || [[Quintet]] || Alternates between a beat 'em up and real-time strategy.
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| ''[[The Adventures of Bayou Billy]]'' || 1988-08-12 || [[Konami]] || Changes between a beat 'em up, driving game, and first person shooter.
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| ''[[Glittermitten Grove]]'' || 2016-12-26 || [[Twinbeard]] || Two primary mechanics include a real-time strategy and action-adventure, but has a lot of minigames too.
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| ''[[Pony Island]]'' || 2016-01-04 || [[Daniel Mullins Games]] || Two primary are runner and logic puzzle, but has a couple other minigames.
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==Links==
 
==Links==
  
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* [https://www.giantbomb.com/cross-genre/3015-5661/games giantbomb.com/cross-genre/3015-5661/games] - Giant Bomb.
  
 
[[Category: Video Game Genres]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Genres]]

Revision as of 16:55, 13 September 2019

Multi-genre video games, also referred to as cross-genre, are those video games which use multiple vastly-different play mechanics throughout the game. For example, in The Adventures of Bayou Billy, the game changes between a beat 'em up, a driving game, and a rail shooter as you progress through the stages.

Definition

It's often difficult to decide which games should be considered "multi-genre" since most video games employ elements of various mechanics. Also, a lot of games have minigames or optional content which doesn't follow the mechanics of the primary game. I try to base the definition on what percentage of the game focuses on mechanics different than the primary. For example, the game Chrono Trigger has a racing minigame, but the amount of time playing it as a racing game is only a fraction of the time when you're playing it as an action RPG.

There is an additional concern for games built around the concept of minigames. A game which includes a dozen card games certainly uses a lot of minigames, however, they all function with very similar mechanics so I wouldn't consider it multi-genre. However, the minigames in Mario Party all feature different mechanics, so I would consider it multi-genre.

Many puzzle games tend to focus on

Examples

These are multi-genre video games which are important to me, for a complete list, see the category.

Title Released Developer Notes
The 7th Guest 1993-04-01 Trilobyte Includes a bunch of puzzle games, many with very different themes.
Actraiser 1990-12-16 Quintet Alternates between a beat 'em up and real-time strategy.
The Adventures of Bayou Billy 1988-08-12 Konami Changes between a beat 'em up, driving game, and first person shooter.
Glittermitten Grove 2016-12-26 Twinbeard Two primary mechanics include a real-time strategy and action-adventure, but has a lot of minigames too.
Pony Island 2016-01-04 Daniel Mullins Games Two primary are runner and logic puzzle, but has a couple other minigames.

Links