@jtklein found and shared these with the iNat team today and they’re pretty fun! I had much more success with Metazooa than Metaflora, but I’m curious what a botanist thinks about the latter.
https://metazooa.com/ = guess the animal
https://flora.metazooa.com/ = guess the plant
how very fun and educational:bangbang:
I know very little taxonomy, but what a great way to learn; very engaging and fun.
Interesting game! Thanks for sharing.
I think it may be a little luck-based
Well sure, a little luck-based. But to be fair, so is Wordle.
I think you should take credit for being so good at this game! If I got a Wordle in 1 guess, I would be quite proud.
Got my first try on the second guess
Haha… for my first turn, it took me 10 guesses; incl. minus 3 for a Hint. I was HUGELY happy
I did not grab a screen shot, and i do not remember, but I’m sure my first game today was not a brain coral. It was was something between an elk and a fruit bat.
Main frustration is that it only accepts common names, and a limited number of those (no bananas?!) If I have a plant family in mind, it can be a struggle to think of a species the game will let me guess.
I also wasn’t actually trained in that many levels of taxonomy—my education emphasised plant families and to a lesser extent orders, so a majority of these ranks mean nothing to me.
My friend I have been playing this for awhile now. My biggest complaint is it’s lack of diversity. Like the correct first guess is not beetle. I’m hoping they add more animals later.
I managed to get the answer with three guesses remaining. I would have had six, but I asked for a hint.
Thanks, @tiwane! Silly as it sounds, I didn’t actually know that everybody got the same animal.
I’ll be honest, the plant one for today really annoyed me because I used a hint and it gave me the wrong genus so I ended up completely stumped
I got annoyed yesterday and “bought” a hint when it told me the target was in the “50 kb inversion clade” but not “NPAAA clade” which both didn’t help at all. To quote Amy above:
I have since figured out that it is using the NCBI tax browser for its taxonomic groupings, so that at least offers some place to look up what’s in these clades. Some of the common names it accepts can be applied to multiple genera. Once I get down to that level, I find the hardest part is figuring out which names it will accept.
Ohhh it was technically yesterday’s that was a problem. Yeah the 50 kb inversion clad was…completely bizarre as well.
Since the taxa appear confusing at times, and the language limited, maybe someone can make a multilingual version of this app using iNaturalist (or some other) data. As a Dutch speaker, most English common names are meaningless to me.