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28th Oct '17 3:03:28 PM Sark0TAG
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* {{Bookends}}: The game proper opens with Reich escorting Robert into Union City by helicopter, and at the end, he leaves solo on another chopper, headed back to the Gap, [[spoiler: even though his own tribe is dead]].

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* {{Bookends}}: The game proper opens with Reich escorting Robert into Union City by helicopter, and at the end, [[spoiler: he leaves solo on another chopper, headed back chopper to the Gap, [[spoiler: even though his own tribe is dead]].parts unknown]].
28th Oct '17 2:57:12 PM Sark0TAG
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* KangarooCourt: Subverted for laughs in a cutscene. Howard Hobbins, the maintenance man you met at the beginning of the game is put on trial as a consequence of some of the puzzles you solved while in the city, which caused some damage in the process, and he has you defend him. The presiding judge Chutney is eager to cast his sentence, and talks as if the whole scenario is a game show to him rather than a trial. No matter what sort of statements you make, including calling your ally Mrs. Piermont as a witness, though, Chutney will always say this line.
--> Judge Chutney: "Howard Hobbins, you have won tonight's star prize," *Security logo flashes colors with game show music* "LIFE IMPRISONMENT!" *beat* "However, in view of your service to the city, I'm going to reduce your sentence. Two hours community service."

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* KangarooCourt: Subverted Played for laughs in a cutscene. Howard Hobbins, the maintenance man you met at the beginning of the game is put on trial as a consequence of some of the puzzles you solved while in the city, which caused some damage in the process, and he has you defend him. The presiding judge Chutney is eager to cast his sentence, and talks as if the whole scenario is a game show to him rather than a trial. No matter what sort of statements you make, including calling your ally Mrs. Piermont as a witness, though, At the end, Judge Chutney will always say this line.
--> Judge Chutney: "Howard Hobbins, you have won tonight's star prize," *Security
at first charges Hobbins with life imprisonment - while the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Security logo flashes colors with game show music* "LIFE IMPRISONMENT!" *beat* "However, in view of your service to music]]...and then he drops the city, I'm going to reduce your sentence. Two charge in favor of ''two hours of community service."service''.


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* MachineMonotone: Joey speaks in this manner when placed in the shell of a medical robot, which has less functionality than his previous shells.
22nd Oct '17 2:38:55 PM nombretomado
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''Beneath a Steel Sky'' is a British PointAndClick video game created by Creator/RevolutionSoftware. The game was released for PC DOS and UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} platforms in 1994. It came in two basic versions for both of those platforms: a text-heavy disk-based affair with minimal sound effects and a more lavish [[CompactDisc CD-ROM]] production with full music and speech, the latter of which was unusual considering the limitations of most computer systems of the era. The artwork and general style was partially created by [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]], whose illustrations grace the [[CompactDisc PC CD-ROM]] version's introduction video, with the subtitles using comic-book style {{E|mphasiseEverything}}MPHASIS on [[BoldInflation KEYWORDS]].

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''Beneath a Steel Sky'' is a British PointAndClick video game created by Creator/RevolutionSoftware. The game was released for PC DOS and UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} platforms in 1994. It came in two basic versions for both of those platforms: a text-heavy disk-based affair with minimal sound effects and a more lavish [[CompactDisc [[UsefulNotes/CompactDisc CD-ROM]] production with full music and speech, the latter of which was unusual considering the limitations of most computer systems of the era. The artwork and general style was partially created by [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]], whose illustrations grace the [[CompactDisc [[UsefulNotes/CompactDisc PC CD-ROM]] version's introduction video, with the subtitles using comic-book style {{E|mphasiseEverything}}MPHASIS on [[BoldInflation KEYWORDS]].
14th Sep '17 8:59:56 PM Angeldeb82
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''Beneath a Steel Sky'' is a British PointAndClick video game created by Creator/RevolutionSoftware. The game was released for PC DOS and UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} platforms in 1994. It came in two basic versions for both of those platforms: a text-heavy disk-based affair with minimal sound effects and a more lavish [[CompactDisc CD-ROM]] production with full music and speech, the latter of which was unusual considering the limitations of most computer systems of the era. The artwork and general style was partially created by [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]], whose illustrations grace the [[CompactDisc PC CD-ROM]] version's introduction video, with the subtitles using comic-book style [[EmphasiseEverything EMPHASIS]] on [[BoldInflation KEYWORDS]].

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''Beneath a Steel Sky'' is a British PointAndClick video game created by Creator/RevolutionSoftware. The game was released for PC DOS and UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} platforms in 1994. It came in two basic versions for both of those platforms: a text-heavy disk-based affair with minimal sound effects and a more lavish [[CompactDisc CD-ROM]] production with full music and speech, the latter of which was unusual considering the limitations of most computer systems of the era. The artwork and general style was partially created by [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]], whose illustrations grace the [[CompactDisc PC CD-ROM]] version's introduction video, with the subtitles using comic-book style [[EmphasiseEverything EMPHASIS]] {{E|mphasiseEverything}}MPHASIS on [[BoldInflation KEYWORDS]].



** For example, Robert [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionately]] [=de-LINCs=] Gilbert Lamb and freezes Lamb's assets in order to steal a videotape that he needs as a distraction while Robert steals from his living ally, Mrs. Piermont, so that Robert can send her dog treading water in the park to distract a guard so that Robert can sneak into a church. What Robert actually catches Lamb doing is being disrespectful to Anita and sending her to the "testing area" and bragging that his coat is made from the world's last ten beavers. There is no sign calling the radiation-soaked area the "testing area", and Robert does not catch Lamb de-[=LINCing=] anyone nor freezing anyone's assets. However, Robert's motivations are commendable.

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** For example, Robert [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionately]] {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly [=de-LINCs=] Gilbert Lamb and freezes Lamb's assets in order to steal a videotape that he needs as a distraction while Robert steals from his living ally, Mrs. Piermont, so that Robert can send her dog treading water in the park to distract a guard so that Robert can sneak into a church. What Robert actually catches Lamb doing is being disrespectful to Anita and sending her to the "testing area" and bragging that his coat is made from the world's last ten beavers. There is no sign calling the radiation-soaked area the "testing area", and Robert does not catch Lamb de-[=LINCing=] anyone nor freezing anyone's assets. However, Robert's motivations are commendable.



* BookEnds: the game proper opens with Reich escorting Robert into Union City by helicopter, and at the end, he leaves solo on another chopper, headed back to the Gap, [[spoiler: even though his own tribe is dead]].

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* BookEnds: the {{Bookends}}: The game proper opens with Reich escorting Robert into Union City by helicopter, and at the end, he leaves solo on another chopper, headed back to the Gap, [[spoiler: even though his own tribe is dead]].



* BondOneLiner: After [[spoiler:Reich gets sliced in two,]] Foster gives us [[spoiler:"Reich seemed pretty cut up about all this!"]]
* BrickJoke: Rob gets complimented on his jumper by Potts in Gilbert Lamb's pipe factory, but it's not until quite a lot further on when we catch a glimpse of said jumper. Incidentally, this is one of the [[{{CrowningMomentOfFunny}} most hilarious moments]].

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* BondOneLiner: After [[spoiler:Reich gets sliced in two,]] two]], Foster gives us [[spoiler:"Reich seemed pretty cut up about all this!"]]
* BrickJoke: Rob gets complimented on his jumper by Potts in Gilbert Lamb's pipe factory, but it's not until quite a lot further on when we catch a glimpse of said jumper. Incidentally, this is one of the [[{{CrowningMomentOfFunny}} [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments most hilarious moments]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[FunWithAcronyms BASS]] goes out of its way to provide motivations for the lead character and tells us what sort of person he is quite quickly. Though [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] and long {{cutscene}}s are commonplace now, this was a rare thing in 1994.
* EverythingsSatiatingWithSandwiches: Hobbins keeps a sausage sandwich (which contains glycerin) on his small cabinet. Robert can give it to Potts during inspection or to Gilbert.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[FunWithAcronyms BASS]] goes out of its way to provide motivations for the lead character and tells us what sort of person he is quite quickly. Though [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] {{backstor|y}}ies and long {{cutscene}}s are commonplace now, this was a rare thing in 1994.
* EverythingsSatiatingWithSandwiches: Hobbins keeps a sausage sandwich (which contains glycerin) on his small cabinet. Robert can give it to Potts during inspection or to Gilbert.
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* KleptomaniacHero: Thankfully this doesn't mean you end up carrying around a bunch of junk. There are very few {{red herring}}s, and best of all there is some LampshadeHanging on Rob being a thief, most notably what happens when Foreman Potts searches him after rummaging around in a store room. If anything, this is one the few games where this is a JustifiedTrope via FridgeBrilliance. Robert's {{backstory}} involves growing up in The Gap, where scavenging junk and improvising what you need from whatever comes to hand is a fact of tribal life. Hence, his collecting various knick-knacks and using them to [[{{Macgyvering}} MacGyver up]] solutions to his problems is simply what he's used to.

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* KleptomaniacHero: Thankfully this doesn't mean you end up carrying around a bunch of junk. There are very few {{red herring}}s, and best of all there is some LampshadeHanging on Rob being a thief, most notably what happens when Foreman Potts searches him after rummaging around in a store room. If anything, this is one the few games where this is a JustifiedTrope via FridgeBrilliance. Robert's {{backstory}} involves growing up in The Gap, where scavenging junk and improvising what you need from whatever comes to hand is a fact of tribal life. Hence, his collecting various knick-knacks and using them to [[{{Macgyvering}} [[MacGyvering MacGyver up]] solutions to his problems is simply what he's used to.



* LivingLegend: Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] to Reich. He is mentioned by a police officer who is guarding the wrecked helicopter but not knowing that Reich is already dead.

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* LivingLegend: Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to Reich. He is mentioned by a police officer who is guarding the wrecked helicopter but not knowing that Reich is already dead.



** A straight version can happen to [[spoiler:Rob.]]

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** A straight version can happen to [[spoiler:Rob.]][[spoiler:Rob]].



* NonStandardGameOver: You can get one at the end, if you [[spoiler:get plugged into LINC, either voluntarily or involuntarily]]. It's not [[AssimilationPlot at all pretty]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Gallagher's bizarre riddles and generally odd behavior, as well as Walter's self-important and clueless demeanor,]] easily hide the fact that they're [[spoiler:murderous androids created by LINC.]]

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* NonStandardGameOver: NonstandardGameOver: You can get one at the end, if you [[spoiler:get plugged into LINC, either voluntarily or involuntarily]]. It's not [[AssimilationPlot at all pretty]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Gallagher's bizarre riddles and generally odd behavior, as well as Walter's self-important and clueless demeanor,]] easily hide the fact that they're [[spoiler:murderous androids created by LINC.]]LINC]].



* PuttingOnTheReich: The Security officers have typical distopian policeman uniforms (i.e. something that resembles SS uniforms). The commander of the team bringing Robert back to the city is even called Reich.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: The Security officers have typical distopian dystopian policeman uniforms (i.e. something that resembles SS uniforms). The commander of the team bringing Robert back to the city is even called Reich.


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* SatiatingSandwich: Hobbins keeps a sausage sandwich (which contains glycerin) on his small cabinet. Robert can give it to Potts during inspection or to Gilbert.
6th Sep '17 4:09:02 PM dieseldragons
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* Bizarrchitecture: Union City is just ''odd'' when you pay attention to it - a strange inverse of Hive City from Warhammer 40k. The metropolis is a network of spires, but all the heavy industry is located on the higher levels, above the cloud-tops. Residential areas are beneath these factories, and the city's ultra-rich are below that as well, all on the ground level.

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* Bizarrchitecture: {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Union City is just ''odd'' when you pay attention to it - a strange inverse of Hive City from Warhammer 40k. The metropolis is a network of spires, but all the heavy industry is located on the higher levels, above the cloud-tops. Residential areas are beneath these factories, and the city's ultra-rich are below that as well, all on the ground level.
6th Sep '17 4:08:43 PM dieseldragons
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* Bizarrchitecture: Union City is just ''odd'' when you pay attention to it - a strange inverse of Hive City from Warhammer 40k. The metropolis is a network of spires, but all the heavy industry is located on the higher levels, above the cloud-tops. Residential areas are beneath these factories, and the city's ultra-rich are below that as well, all on the ground level.
4th Sep '17 12:38:38 AM dieseldragons
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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Lampshaded by Gallagher. LINC needs Rob alive. Reich was terminated for threatening him, as was Anita for trying to help him escape the city.


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** Turns out [[spoiler: this is not a ContrivedCoincidence, first time round it was LINC trying to stop Rob leaving the city. Second time, it was Rob's father trying to prevent LINC retrieving him from the wastes.]]
3rd Sep '17 3:08:28 PM dieseldragons
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The only reason why Anita gets demoted to duties near a nuclear reactor, is because [[MotorMouth you kept talking to her in the first place]].
3rd Sep '17 2:57:43 PM dieseldragons
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* MoodWhiplash: Reaching [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB92WLwdCvo Belle Vue for the first time]] is this, as it doesn't really fit the futuristic ''dystopian'' cyberpunk theme very well.
3rd Sep '17 2:33:06 PM dieseldragons
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* WombLevel: What LINC is gradually turning the city underground into.
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