Over the last few years, I’ve been collecting examples of
metagames — not the strategy of metagaming, but playable games
about videogames. Most of these, like Desert Bus or Quest for the
Crown, are one-joke games for a quick laugh. Others, like Cow
Clicker and Upgrade Complete, are playable critiques of game
mechanics. Some are even (gasp!) fun.
Since I couldn’t find an exhaustive list (this TV Tropes guide to
“Deconstruction Games” is the closest), I thought I’d try to pull
one together along with some gameplay videos.