History VideoGame / TheCluefinders

5th Jun '17 7:06:47 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* WeirdnessMagnet: These kids can't even go out into their backyards without finding trouble.

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* WeirdnessMagnet: These kids can't even go out into their backyards without finding trouble. Literally; ''6th Grade'' starts in one of their backyards and goes from there.



* WomenAreWiser: Minor case in ''The Mystery of Microsneezia'' where Owen and Santiago are thrown by the SpotTheImpostor situation with Laptrap and S.N.A.I.L.L. but Joni and Leslie quickly work out a plan without exchanging a word.

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* WomenAreWiser: Minor case in ''The Mystery of Microsneezia'' where Owen and Santiago are thrown by the SpotTheImpostor situation with Laptrap and S.N.A.I.L.L. but Joni and Leslie quickly work out a plan without exchanging a word.
5th Jun '17 7:05:04 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: 3rd grade features more minimalistic animation, bizarro episodes, three full-sized "Worlds" (as opposed to the third act being a rush.), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking different theme music]].

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: 3rd grade ''3rd Grade'' features more minimalistic animation, bizarro episodes, three full-sized "Worlds" (as opposed to the third act being a rush.), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking different theme music]].



* LetsSplitUpGang: Every main game except ''4th Grade''.

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* LetsSplitUpGang: Every main game except ''4th Grade''. Granted, depending on the game, this may or may not be an active choice; cases in point: in ''3rd Grade'', Owen and Leslie volunteer to stay behind while Joni and Santiago complete the mission but in ''6th Grade'', Leslie and Owen end up having to rescue Joni and Santiago when the older pair end up captured by the plant people.



** ''The Mystery of Microsneezia'' features Laptrap forgetting various details of the crew's adventures, not caring about the kids' safety [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and acting brave and enthusiastic about the current mission]]. [[spoiler: It's his EvilTwin.]]



* PeopleJars: In ''5th Grade'', the [[spoiler:aliens keep humans and animals in a type of these before they eat their brains.]]
* PrincessClassic: In ''Reading'', the alien princess is both this and TheAloner, though she's holding up comparatively well. [[spoiler:For a reason: she's the villain in disguise, trying to take advantage of the MacguffinDeliveryService.]]

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* PeopleJars: In ''5th Grade'', the [[spoiler:aliens [[spoiler: aliens keep humans and animals in a type of these before they eat their brains.]]
* PrincessClassic: In ''Reading'', the alien princess is both this and TheAloner, though she's holding up comparatively well. [[spoiler:For [[spoiler: For a reason: she's the villain in disguise, trying to take advantage of the MacguffinDeliveryService.]]


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** ''The Mystery of Microsneezia'' features this scenario with 2 LapTraps; Joni and Leslie end up pulling a BluffTheImpostor.


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* WomenAreWiser: Minor case in ''The Mystery of Microsneezia'' where Owen and Santiago are thrown by the SpotTheImpostor situation with Laptrap and S.N.A.I.L.L. but Joni and Leslie quickly work out a plan without exchanging a word.
** ''The Mystery of the Backlot Banshee'' also features this with Joni who doesn't immediately buy the story that a local director was using the titular banshee to drum up publicity.
28th May '17 10:12:49 PM Mikeyfan93
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* Socrates: TeamPet, who only appears with any prominence in the fourth grade game. Amazingly, both an example of RememberTheNewGuy and ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.

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* Socrates: TeamPet, who only appears with any prominence in the fourth grade game.''4th Grade Adventures''. Amazingly, both an example of RememberTheNewGuy and ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.



* InterfaceSpoiler: Owen's ContinueYourMissionDammit in grade 6 will come off as this, unless you saw a scene that could be missed by using the WarpWhistle earlier.
** In ''3rd grade'', you can open up a map as soon as you start the game up and can see all three "worlds" in the game.

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* InterfaceSpoiler: Owen's ContinueYourMissionDammit in grade 6 ''6th Grade'' will come off as this, unless you saw a scene that could be missed by using the WarpWhistle earlier.
** In ''3rd grade'', Grade'', you can open up a the map as soon as you start the game up and can see all three "worlds" in the game. game.
** The Mastermind's true identity in ''Mystery Mansion Arcade'' is spoiled by having [[spoiler:Carmen]] listed in the game's credits, something you could see before even completing the game.



* NothingIsScarier: In 5th grade, open the map during the third act. It becomes much ''much'' scarier as you see nothing, and all you get is Laptrap panicking that [[spoiler: they are trapped inside]]

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* NothingIsScarier: In 5th grade, ''5th Grade'', open the map during the third act. It becomes much ''much'' scarier as you see nothing, and all you get is Laptrap panicking that [[spoiler: they are trapped inside]]inside]].



** Math for the fact that the entire game takes place in only one zone and the fact that the Cluefinders actually are collecting clues to find mysteries.

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** Math ''Math'', for the fact that the entire game takes place in only one zone and the fact that the Cluefinders actually are collecting clues to find mysteries.
28th Apr '17 9:47:48 PM TheHunterPersian
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* GodsHandsAreTied: Of all the series to parody this, ''4th Grade'' introduces Egyptian gods towards the end, who provide the main characters with magical boons to help them [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeat Set]]. Said gods would fight him themselves, but the passage leading to him is marked with a sign: "You must be under this height to defeat the forces of Chaos." (And the height is forty feet, no less!)

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* GodsHandsAreTied: Of all the series to parody this, this no less... During the final act of ''4th Grade'' introduces Grade'', the Cluefinders encounter the Egyptian gods towards the end, gods, Horus, Sobek, Isis, and Bastet, who provide the main characters with magical boons to help them [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeat Set]]. Said According to Horus, said gods would fight him themselves, but the passage leading to him is marked with a sign: "You must be under this height to defeat the forces of Chaos." (And the height is forty feet, no less!)
31st Jan '17 7:01:54 PM ngh93
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:That amulet Malicia really wanted? Now she's stuck with it--or rather, inside it. Forever.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:That amulet Malicia really wanted? Now she's stuck with it--or rather, [[AndIMustScream inside it. Forever.]]]]]]
2nd Oct '16 6:26:36 AM ladyofthelibrary
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%%* AlphabetSoupCans
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Malicia's fate is to be trapped inside the amulet, which the kids then bury.]]

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* AlphabetSoupCans: A vast majority of the activities, if not all of them, come off as this trope.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Malicia's [[spoiler: Malicia's fate is to be trapped inside the amulet, which the kids then bury.]]



* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Thought to be the villain who stole TheShangriLa's treasures in ''Math''. [[spoiler:Turns out it was actually the village elder's apprentice in disguise, who after surviving an avalanche gets subdued by [[RealAfterAll a real yeti]].]]

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* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Thought to be the villain who stole TheShangriLa's treasures in ''Math''. [[spoiler:Turns [[spoiler: Turns out it was actually the village elder's apprentice in disguise, who after surviving an avalanche gets subdued by [[RealAfterAll a real yeti]].]]



** In ''Reading'', the kids are told to [[spoiler:throw a magical amulet into a volcano, [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings for only then could it be destroyed.]]]]

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** In ''Reading'', the kids are told to [[spoiler:throw [[spoiler: throw a magical amulet into a volcano, [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings for only then could it be destroyed.]]]]



* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Loveless thought he could control chaos and make Set his slave. Instead, Set transports Loveless into a mummy for his foolishness.]] Worse, Professor Botch had previously warned Loveless about the possibility that he might not be able to "control Chaos."

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* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Loveless [[spoiler: Loveless thought he could control chaos and make Set his slave. Instead, Set transports Loveless into a mummy for his foolishness.]] Worse, Professor Botch had previously warned Loveless about the possibility that he might not be able to "control Chaos."



%%* FetchQuest

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%%* FetchQuest* FetchQuest: Most of the games feature the characters having to gather some sort of item to proceed; they obtain said item by doing various tasks for the locals.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''6th Grade'', [[spoiler:before you "officially" get the clue about the plant kingdom being polluted, the "Recipe for Disaster" activity has you feeding toxic chemicals to a plant guard. If you click on Leslie during this activity, she'll comment on how strange it is that these chemicals are down here.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''6th Grade'', [[spoiler:before [[spoiler: before you "officially" get the clue about the plant kingdom being polluted, the "Recipe for Disaster" activity has you feeding toxic chemicals to a plant guard. If you click on Leslie during this activity, she'll comment on how strange it is that these chemicals are down here.]]



%%* GiveMeYourInventoryItem

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%%* GiveMeYourInventoryItem* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: Frequently, collected items must be turned over to a gateway guard and/or used in some sort of activity that serves as a puzzle lock.



* HeroicSacrifice: Joni pulls a non-lethal one off in ''6th Grade Adventures'' when the leader of the plant people [[spoiler:Miss Rose]] demands a hostage to stay behind to ensure that the humans' mission to clean up the plants' water supply goes off without a hitch; she immediately volunteers, citing that Santiago's the best choice to investigate pollution sites and that Owen and Leslie knows their way around the underground. She remains calm and trusting in her friends even as she [[{{Transflormation}} turns into a plant person]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: Joni pulls a non-lethal one off in ''6th Grade Adventures'' when the leader of the plant people [[spoiler:Miss [[spoiler: Miss Rose]] demands a hostage to stay behind to ensure that the humans' mission to clean up the plants' water supply goes off without a hitch; she immediately volunteers, citing that Santiago's the best choice to investigate pollution sites and that Owen and Leslie knows their way around the underground. She remains calm and trusting in her friends even as she [[{{Transflormation}} turns into a plant person]].



* HonestJohnsDealership: "Have I got a deal for you! You can pick any one of my beautiful jeeps, but only one can make it Cairo!" Of course, he tells you in the next breath how to work it out by multiplying the number of gallons by the miles-per-gallon, so maybe it's a SubvertedTrope.

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* HonestJohnsDealership: "Have I got a deal for you! You can pick any one of my beautiful jeeps, but only one can make it to Cairo!" Of course, he tells you in the next breath how to work it out by multiplying the number of gallons by the miles-per-gallon, so maybe it's a SubvertedTrope.



* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Mathra]] in the first game.

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* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Mathra]] [[spoiler: Mathra]] in the first game.



* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Mystery Mansion Arcade'', when [[spoiler:Miss Rose]] is revealed to be one of the villains that have captured the team, Joni makes a comment about how "the pollution must have made you evil again". All well and good and a perfectly reasonable explanation. Problem? Joni is the only [=ClueFinder=] who doesn't remember the events of ''6th Grade Adventures'' where the character was introduced along with the pollution issues. Though this could be justified by [[SecretKeeper Joni being the only person the other three told]].

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* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Mystery Mansion Arcade'', when [[spoiler:Miss [[spoiler: Miss Rose]] is revealed to be one of the villains that have captured the team, Joni makes a comment about how "the pollution must have made you evil again". All well and good and a perfectly reasonable explanation. Problem? Joni is the only [=ClueFinder=] who doesn't remember the events of ''6th Grade Adventures'' where the character was introduced along with the pollution issues. Though this could be justified by [[SecretKeeper Joni being the only person the other three told]].



* ThatsNoMoon: ''5th Grade'''s island is a bit unusual, to say the least. [[spoiler:It's a spaceship, and the aliens have been [[ToServeMan harvesting human brains.]]]]

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* ThatsNoMoon: ''5th Grade'''s island is a bit unusual, to say the least. [[spoiler:It's [[spoiler: It's a spaceship, and the aliens have been [[ToServeMan harvesting human brains.]]]]



** Malicia in ''Reading'' [[spoiler:tricked Joni and Owen into assembling the Amulet of Life for her, then when she tried to grab the completed amulet from them, got the wrong one, but she fortunately already had Leslie and Santiago imprisoned in her mountain so naturally, Joni and Owen would walk right on up and bring the amulet to her anyways to rescue their friends.]]
** The BigBad of ''Mystery Mansion Arcade'' also has this, where [[spoiler:the mysterious villain, none other than ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' who has organized it all traps the villains after they fail, and the kids even ask, "Wait, did she want to catch us, or ''them''?"]]

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** Malicia in ''Reading'' [[spoiler:tricked [[spoiler: tricked Joni and Owen into assembling the Amulet of Life for her, then when she tried to grab the completed amulet from them, got the wrong one, but she fortunately already had Leslie and Santiago imprisoned in her mountain so naturally, Joni and Owen would walk right on up and bring the amulet to her anyways to rescue their friends.]]
** The BigBad of ''Mystery Mansion Arcade'' also has this, where [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the mysterious villain, none other than ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' who has organized it all traps the villains after they fail, and the kids even ask, "Wait, did she want to catch us, or ''them''?"]]
7th Sep '16 6:36:58 AM Sammettik
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** Did the tubeworms end up "inside" when Leslie hit the tsunami button, or did they simply fall off when the spaceship shed it's exterior?

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** Did the tubeworms end up "inside" when Leslie hit the tsunami button, or did they simply fall off when [[spoiler: the spaceship shed it's exterior?its exterior]]?



** None of the cast seems to care that the ''brain-eating aliens'' are still at large.

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** None of the cast seems to care that the ''brain-eating aliens'' [[spoiler:''brain-eating aliens'']] are [[KarmaHoudini still at large.large]].
7th Sep '16 6:29:57 AM Sammettik
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* CollectiveGroan/ SayMyName: In the opening of ''3rd Grade'':

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* CollectiveGroan/ SayMyName: CollectiveGroan: In the opening of ''3rd Grade'':


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The games frequently end abruptly, but ''5th Grade'' in particular leaves the most loose ends.
** Was Lab-5 ever recovered from the seafloor?
** Did the tubeworms end up "inside" when Leslie hit the tsunami button, or did they simply fall off when the spaceship shed it's exterior?
** The mystery of how people from different times are together is [[AbortedArc never answered]], nor is the question of how all those people will adapt to modern civilization after being rescued.
** None of the cast seems to care that the ''brain-eating aliens'' are still at large.
6th Sep '16 1:57:07 PM Sammettik
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* AlphabetSoupCans

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* FetchQuest

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* GiveMeYourInventoryItem

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* InnocentCohabitation: Though not mentioned in the games for several reasons, [[AllThereInTheManual the Wiki]] tells us that Santiago stays at the Savage residence whenever his parents are out of town. This is compounded by the fact that Joni's college professor parents are frequently out of town... leaving the two 12-year-olds alone in the house together.

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* InnocentCohabitation: Though not mentioned in the games for several reasons, [[AllThereInTheManual the Wiki]] tells us that Santiago stays at the Savage residence whenever his parents are out of town. This is compounded by the fact that Joni's college professor parents are frequently out of town... leaving the two 12-year-olds alone in the house together.
5th Sep '16 12:00:50 AM Nicoaln
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: 3rd grade features more minimalistic animation, bizarro episodes, three full-sized "Worlds" (as opposed to the third act being a rush.), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking different theme music]].



* InterfaceSpoiler: Owen's ContinueYourMissionDammit will come off as this, unless you saw a scene that could be missed by using the WarpWhistle earlier.

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* InterfaceSpoiler: Owen's ContinueYourMissionDammit in grade 6 will come off as this, unless you saw a scene that could be missed by using the WarpWhistle earlier.earlier.
** In ''3rd grade'', you can open up a map as soon as you start the game up and can see all three "worlds" in the game.


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* NothingIsScarier: In 5th grade, open the map during the third act. It becomes much ''much'' scarier as you see nothing, and all you get is Laptrap panicking that [[spoiler: they are trapped inside]]


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** Math for the fact that the entire game takes place in only one zone and the fact that the Cluefinders actually are collecting clues to find mysteries.
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