Most of Tyler: Model 005 is spent in the dark — proverbially and literally. The darkness saps this little robot’s battery and the light recharges it. That’s the central mechanic. But it’s also an amnesic tale of sorts where Tyler, the titular protagonist, is left wondering who he is and why he’s here.
It’s a perfectly appropriate theme because this game has identity issues. Tyler: Model 005 never figures out what it wants to be, what it does well, or what’s worth leaning into. It’s all so confused.