JoJoestar I don’t disagree just had not thought of a game with shooting as a primary verb as fitting the bill. Just had thought of more deliberative and meditative experiences, but that’s probably just my limited imagination
And another one for the topic:
King Of Dragon Pass
kodp is a bronze age tribe management game in which the ultimate goal 1) survival, and 2) uniting enough neighboring tribes to form a clan
There are a number of variables to manage including farming, hunting/foraging, diplomatic relations, trade, etc., but the core mechanic of the game is an extremely detailed system of ritual and worship related to the game’s invented cosmology
that row of portraits at the bottom of the above screenshot is your tribal ring - a group of appointed counselors who all have their own personalities, religious affiliations, and imperfect insights into the spiritual concerns that heavily mediate your tribe’s fortunes
One of the most detailed and important components of the game are a series of mystical quests members of your tribe must embark upon that basically involve astral projection.
However success depends on first acquiring mystical knowledge and close interpretation of myth and scripture.
you begin with limited descriptions of myths and rituals, and have to conduct sacrifices and divination that add detail to these narratives as you successfully conduct them.
Once on the astral plane, the game turns into an esoteric choose your own adventure thing. You make choices based on interpreting the myth texts, which is why it’s important to divine as much info as possible about them
Don’t fuck up on the astral plane, the consequences can be harsh
Kind of a unique game (apart from 9 ages, its belated sequel), and the closest comparison in my mind is edutainment software like oregon trail or that polynesian tribe simulator they had on apple II